Volunteers

  • Lareina Sharma

    Lareina Sharma

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Lareina is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Family Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about understanding the biases and barriers that women face when it comes to sexual health and coming up with ways to remove these barriers while raising awareness about women’s sexual health problems. She is also interested in looking at how there may not be enough awareness about sexual desire and arousal disorders in women because of social stereotypes. This interests her as she wants to find out if not addressing these disorders can lead to mental health difficulties. She hopes to attend grad school for either clinical psychology or counselling psychology in the future. Lareina is currently working on SHAPE which aims to mobilize knowledge about sexual dysfunction and genito-pelvic pain in women and genderdiverse persons.

  • Vicky Nguyen

    Vicky Nguyen

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Vicky is an incoming second-year Science undergraduate student at UBC, hoping to study neuroscience and public health. She is interested in how socioeconomic and cultural factors affect the quality of women’s reproductive health care, alongside the associated psychological impacts. Vicky is currently working on SHAPE which aims to mobilize knowledge about sexual dysfunction and genito-pelvic pain in women and genderdiverse persons. She hopes to gain experience that will allow her to pursue research in the reproductive and developmental biology field. In her free time, Vicky enjoys learning new languages, writing on her blog, and devouring history books.

  • Myah Sangra

    Myah Sangra

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Myah is completing her bachelor’s in psychology at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about sexual health and exploring the psychological and physiological aspects of sexual wellbeing, as well as working to destigmatize conversations around sex. Myah hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology, and is excited about learning and gaining experience through her role assisting in the e-sense non-binary study.

  • Jenny Huang

    Jenny Huang

    she/they

    Volunteer

    Jenny is completing her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience with a minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice (GRSJ). Passionate about inclusive health care, they intend to pursue a career in medicine as an OBGYN to incorporate queer and decolonial justice-work into patient-centered practice. She is excited to learn about and help contribute to sexual health research during her involvement in the VIVID study. In their spare time, Jenny is an avid reader and dabbles in various creative endeavors, from scrapbook journaling to, most recently, amigurumi.

  • Ever Roberts

    Ever Roberts

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Ever is a 2nd-year undergraduate student at UBC majoring in applied animal biology major and minoring in creative writing. She has had a deep fascination with reproductive health since middle school and is passionate about exploring the physiological and psychological mechanisms of sexual health, as well as the neurological impacts of the menstrual cycle and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder. Outside of academics, she loves reading fiction, writing poetry and short stories, and showing people photos of her cats. She is currently working on eSense which aims to address female sexual dysfunction, and hopes to gain experience that will allow her to pursue research in the reproductive and developmental biology field.

  • Jennifer Phan

    Jennifer Phan

    she/her

    Volunteer

    After completing her Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC in 2021, Jennifer has been working as a research assistant at ICORD, facilitating clinical research on spinal cord injury rehabilitation. This experience has led Jennifer to discover an interest in the intersection of sexual health and chronic conditions. Jennifer is currently involved in the APPROACH 2.0 project.

  • Malaika Vaidya

    Malaika Vaidya

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Malaika is a 4th year undergraduate student at UBC, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. Her research interests center around neurodevelopmental disorders, namely how they affect social cognition and sexual wellbeing. She aims to pursue a career in psychiatric research, aiming to enhance diagnosis and support for young women of color with ADHD and autism. In her free time, Malaika enjoys reading anything & everything, filling her sketchbook and thrifting.

  • Claire Lin

    Claire Lin

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    Volunteer

    Claire is an undergraduate student majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience and minoring in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice (GRSJ). They are passionate about pleasure-centered and queer-inclusive approaches to sexual health, and hope to pursue a career in health promotion. They are currently a volunteer on the VIVID study and are excited to develop their research skills during their time with the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory.

  • Karolin Erber

    Karolin Erber

    she/her

    Mitacs Student

    Karolin (she/her) is in her final year of study at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. Karolin will be completing a 12-week summer internship in the lab, disseminating current research findings into easily comprehensible information for the broader public in a knowledge translation campaign. Karolin is passionate about improving awareness and understandings of topics related to sexual health. After completing an exchange semester at the University of Melbourne, she is also anticipating the academic and personal growth that comes from working in a new country and culture.

  • Jeanna Pillainayagam

    Jeanna Pillainayagam

    she/her

    Summer Student

    Jeanna is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, having completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2023. She will be starting the Master of Public Health program at McMaster University in September, 2023. Jeanna is excited to be joining the UBC Sexual Health Lab as a Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program award recipient. She has previous research experience in youth mental health and substance use and hopes to broaden her understanding of sexual health through her time at the lab. Jeanna intends to apply these learnings to a future career in public health.

  • Hattie Zhang

    Hattie Zhang

    she/her

    Directed Studies Student

    Hattie is a fourth-year undergraduate at UBC majoring in psychology. She is currently a Directed Studies student at the Sexual Health Lab studying predictors of treatment seeking. Hattie is interested in going into clinical research in the future as well as working with the lab on more upcoming projects.

  • Anilā Lacroix

    Anilā Lacroix

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Anilā Lacroix is currently pursuing her Psychology Major and Philosophy Honours degree at UBC. She is working towards becoming a trauma-informed counsellor with ongoing research experience in the effectiveness of mindfulness for improving self-concept and self-actualization within or following adverse experiences. Additionally, she designed a 12-week group therapy mindfulness counselling program for women with depression.
    Prior to these pursuits, Anilā was an experienced yoga teacher and teacher trainer who taught a wide variety of yoga practices and philosophies for the last 20 years. Her academic focus combines philosophy of mind with behavioural neuroscience and mindfulness behavioural therapy. Anilā has received scholarships for her academic work and personal life experience, as well as been awarded recognition for her work with at-risk women and youth.

  • Harneet Mangat

    Harneet Mangat

    she/her

    Volunteer

    My name is Harneet Mangat, and I am a third-year student at UBC studying biochemistry and forensic science. I am passionate about working in the sexual health field and improving health outcomes for all by implementing various tools. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in healthcare with a particular focus on Sexual Health. I also enjoy working with children and frequently work with children diagnosed with autism, helping them cope with their environment. 

  • Rukie Karov

    Rukie Karov

    she/her

    Volunteer

    I hold an associates of arts degree in Peace and Conflict studies from Langara college. I’m currently in my 3rd year of studies at UBC, double majoring in Psychology & Gender, Race and Social Justice Studies. I have over 4+ years of experiences in supportive and harm reduction working with a wide range of demographics. I approach all my work with a sense of mindfulness and allyship towards 2SLGBTQA+, Black and Indigenous rights and people living with physical and mental disabilities. 

  • Orli Sacks

    Orli Sacks

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Orli Sacks is a 2nd year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is so excited to be joining the Brotto Lab’s SUPPORT study, focusing on postpartum depression resource accessibility. In addition to her work with sexual health, she is a research assistant with UBC’s Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Lab where she works to understand the impact of comorbid depression and anxiety in the Comorbidity Project. Prior to her time as a student she has worked in organizational psychology and education reform. Outside of her professional life she dances, kickboxes, cooks pretty well, and hikes pretty badly. 

  • Coco Lee

    Coco Lee

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Coco is completing her bachelor’s in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in exploring tools to create more accessible sexual healthcare for women. Coco hopes to pursue a career as a healthcare practitioner, either as a pelvic floor physiotherapist or as a dentist. She is currently volunteering as an eSense navigator at the Sexual Health Lab. 

  • Astrid Bradshaw

    Astrid Bradshaw

    she/her

    Honours Thesis Student

    Astrid is a 4th year undergraduate student studying cellular, anatomical, and physiological sciences at UBC. She is currently working on her honours thesis in the lab, exploring the impact of mode of delivery (i.e. C section vs. vaginal delivery) on postpartum sexual concordance. She hopes to eventually attend medical school with the goal of becoming an OBGYN!

  • Gabby Combs

    Gabby Combs

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Gabby is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Xavier University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology and Gender and Diversity Studies. She is currently in the process of applying to PsyD programs in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. Her interests include hiking, reading (especially mystery), and cooking! 

  • Erin Watt

    Erin Watt

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Erin is in her third year at the University of British Columbia, studying Psychology and Business in the B+MM program. She is currently working as a volunteer in the ABYSS study, performing literature reviews and helping with consent form development. She hopes to develop her research skills during her time with the lab and is incredibly excited to be on board during the beginning phases of a study. Her areas of research interest extend to sexual arousal disorders in women, as well as their relation to and distinction from sexual orientations on the asexuality spectrum.

  • Hayal Musla

    Hayal Musla

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Hayal is a third year undergraduate student at UBC completing a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience. She is passionate about creating a safe spaces for people to express their feelings and partake in a community of vulnerability. Hayal is involved in the eSense study at the lab and hopes to pursue a future in clinical practice. Her research interests include mindfulness based therapy, sex differences in sexual expression, and sexual trauma counselling.

  • Sophie Zhu

    Sophie Zhu

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Sophia is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. She is interested in how individual differences and personal factors can act as possible barriers for women to seek help or express concerns regarding levels of sexual desire. As a volunteer for the eSense project, she is excited to learn more about how CBT and MBT are incorporated into sexual health research. Sophia is also a research assistant at the Health and Adult Development Lab. In the future, she hopes to enter graduate school in counselling psychology.

  • Zahrah Khan

    Zahrah Khan

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Zahrah is a third-year behavioural neuroscience student at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in investigating the societal factors that have contributed to the stigma behind sexuality, and is passionate about overcoming those barriers to allow for a more sex-positive outlook. In addition to this, she wants to learn more about clinical psychology and is excited to volunteer as a navigator for the eSense project. 

  • Sara Cole

    Sara Cole

    she/her

    Directed Studies Student

    Sara is completing her BA in psychology at the University of British Columbia with the hopes of pursuing Clinical Psychology in the sexual health research field. Her other research interests include intimate relationships, stress, and coping. Sara is currently involved as a navigator in the eSense study and is excited about all the learning opportunities that come with being part of the team.

  • Micah Hall

    Micah Hall

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Micah is in her final year of study at the University of British Columbia majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology. She is interested in de-stigmatizing sex and sexuality, and improving access to fun and comprehensive sex education. Her research interests include pelvic floor pain and dysfunction and how this might contribute to individuals’ sexual experiences. Micah is passionate about women’s empowerment initiatives and hopes to pursue a career in medicine or physiotherapy. She is excited to develop her research skills by volunteering at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory.

  • Stephanie Chen

    Stephanie Chen

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Stephanie is in her third year at the University of British Columbia majoring in Psychology. Passionate about sexual health and education, Stephanie volunteers as a Youth Sex Educator at Vancouver Coastal Health’s BLUSH program. She is also a research assistant at the Sexuality and Well-Being (SWell) Lab. Her research interests include sexual dysfunctions, individuals’ and couples’ sexual well-being, sexual and romantic relationships, and paraphilias. In the future, Stephanie hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology and a career as a clinician-scientist.

  • Preet Kang

    Preet Kang

    they/them

    Volunteer

    Preet is involved in the lab as a patient navigator for the eSense study. 

  • Angelina Hollihn

    Angelina Hollihn

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Angelina is a 3rd year UBC psychology and health & society student. She is currently involved in the SUPPORT study, which aims to develop a an accessible, web-based resource for postpartum depression and anxiety.

  • Elena Zettelmeyer

    Elena Zettelmeyer

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Elena is a 4th year psychology major interested in how stigma and misconceptions around sexual health and sexuality impact relationships, self-esteem and overall mental health. She is currently working as a volunteer on the eSense study where she guides participants through online material. This involves psychoeducation and exercises that aim to alleviate their sexual difficulties. She will soon start her directed studies project with the lab for the winter term of 2022/23, and hopes to continue getting involved with sexual health research in the future.

  • Judy Song, Bsc

    Judy Song, Bsc

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Judy graduated from UBC with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences and is currently studying medicine at UBC. She is involved in the lab as a patient navigator for the eSense study. In the future, Judy hopes to go into family medicine with a focus on women’s health. 

  • Shahrazad Amin

    Shahrazad Amin

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Shahrazad is completing her BSc Honours in Neuroscience and Physiology. She is currently working on VIVID, investigating the use of VR exposure therapy as a potential treatment for vaginismus. Her research interests include neuropsychology, virtual reality, eye tracking, and body image. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist.

  • Lena Deschner

    Lena Deschner

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Lena is an undergraduate psychology major, critical studies minor interested in addressing sexual shame and guilt, social barriers to pleasurable experiences and alternative methods of embracing sexuality such as through sensual dance. In 2019, after 2 gap years, she transferred from the UVIC Philosophy and Applied Ethics program to continue her studies in psychology and sexuality here at UBC. Lena plans to apply for a graduate program in clinical psychology in the hopes to combine education and clinical work in her future. 

  • Patricia Melgar

    Patricia Melgar

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Patricia is an undergraduate kinesiology student at the University of British Columbia. Driven by her passion for sexual healthcare and education, she is ecstatic to be volunteering with the SEQUOIA-PC study. Patricia’s research interests include sexual quality of life, physiology, and LGBTQIA+ representation in research.

  • Britney Ha

    Britney Ha

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Britney completed her Bachelor in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2021. Her current research interests include the psychophysiological manifestations of sexual dysfunctions, relationship between biopsychosocial factors within the healthcare setting, and de-stigmatization of sexual disorders. Passionate about physical and mental health, she is excited to explore the field of clinical psychology as part of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory Team. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

  • Lakshmi Menon

    Lakshmi Menon

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Lakshmi is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Health. She is currently involved in the BREAST study at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory. Hoping to pursue a career in the medical field in the future, her research interests include psychiatry, identifying effective methods to de-stigmatize members pertaining to sexual health and ways to improve access to unbiased sexual health information across various cultural communities.

  • Wyatt Fitzgerald

    Wyatt Fitzgerald

    he/him

    Volunteer

    Wyatt is currently an undergraduate student at UBC majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience. Passionate about sexual and mental well-being, Wyatt also volunteers with the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Wyatt is beyond excited to be a part of the UBC sexual health laboratory team as he is particularly motivated to help bridge the gap between healthcare, sexual healthcare, and mental healthcare.

  • Denise Zhu

    Denise Zhu

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Denise is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia. As a volunteer for the BRACE study, she is extremely excited to contribute to stimulating and fascinating work, while learning and developing research skills. She hopes to spend her time at the UBCSHR Lab delving deeper into the world of sexual health and to explore varying topics of research.

  • Yana Svatko, BA (Hons)

    Yana Svatko, BA (Hons)

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Yana completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours) at the University of British Columbia in 2019. Yana has been with the lab since 2016, where she completed her first honours thesis on Emotional Intelligence and Sexuality and later become the coordinator on a series of studies investigating sexual concerns and disordered eating. Yana’s research interests include the psychophysiological processes that can promote or impair sexual response, the impact of body image and cognitive distractions on sexual function, and the mechanisms behind attraction.  Yana is currently involved with the eSense project as a navigator. 

  • Alyssa Greco, BA

    Alyssa Greco, BA

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Alyssa recently graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2021 completing her Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and a minor in counselling and human development. Alyssa’s interests lie in the field of sexual health and supporting women who have experienced domestic violence. In addition to her volunteer work at the lab, Alyssa volunteers at the Domestic Abuse Services helpline and works in a transition house for women feeling violence. Alyssa is currently involved in the eSense study at the lab and has stepped into a role as a navigator. Her time at the UBC Sexual Health Lab has led Alyssa to working towards a career in counselling, with a focus on women’s sexual health.