Lab Members

Lab Director

Nancy L. Sin, PhD

Email: nsin@psych.ubc.ca

Dr. Nancy Sin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

She is a health psychologist interested in understanding how positive and stressful aspects of people’s day-to-day lives influence long-term health. Her research examines physiological mechanisms (e.g., inflammatory, neuroendocrine) and behavioral pathways (e.g., sleep) that link daily experiences to aging-related diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease. She is especially interested in the health benefits of positive experiences during times of stress. This research is conducted using ecological methods for capturing experiences and stress physiology as they unfold in their natural settings. By charting the daily lives of midlife and older adults, her work aims to identify ordinary circumstances that can be targeted in interventions to promote healthy aging.

Originally from California, Dr. Sin received her BA from UCLA and PhD from the University of California, Riverside. She was a National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and in the Center for Healthy Aging at Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been supported by funding as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Graduate Students

Jin Wen

Jin is a MA student in the Health Psychology program. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Chapman University (Orange, California) in 2015. Jin is interested in examining individual differences and within-person fluctuations in responses to daily stressors. His research focuses on cognitive appraisals as potential mechanisms in the links between sleep (e.g., measured via wrist actigraphy) and next-day affective reactivity to daily stressors.

 

 

Patrick Klaiber

Patrick is a Ph.D.-student in the Health Psychology program. He graduated from the University of Freiburg with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2016) and from Freie Universität Berlin with a Master of Science in Clinical and Health Psychology (2019). Patrick is interested in studying positive events in daily life. In his research, he examines why some people experience more positive events than others and whether people differ in their responses to these positive events.

 

Research Assistants

Holy Ghaly (Study Coordinator)

Holy is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Kinesiology and Psychology. She is very keen about Health Psychology and is particularly interested in the impact of stress on health, and how healthy behaviours can attenuate this effect, such as by reducing inflammation levels. Holy hopes to further pursue her studies at the graduate level and to promote mental well-being as an important health determinant.

 

 

Armina Rahimisoureh (Directed Studies)

Armina is a 4th year psychology student and a research assistant in health psychology labs. Her research interests focus on the effects of daily experiences on long-term social relationships and health. She is particularly interested in the associations between stressful events and sleep. Armina is actively involved in the community-based work and is working with children and with older adults in rehabilitation. She hopes to pursue a career in public health, with the intention of applying findings from psychology to the areas of health and social well-being.

 

Sonali Sharma

Sonali is a 3rd year student double-majoring in Psychology and Cell Biology & Genetics. She is actively involved in the Well-being in the Daily Lives of Adults Study. Sonali is also leading her own project that examines whether daily positive experiences modify the association between depression and inflammation.

 

Fei Ying (Directed Studies)

Fei is a 3rd year student majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience. She is drawn to the integration of biological and psychosocial perspectives in health psychology, and is particularly interested in how variability in sleep relates to daily stress and positive affect. Outside the lab, Fei leads the UBC Pilates Club and enjoys birdwatching on weekends. She hopes to pursue a career in mental health.

 

 

Amy Lee

Amy is a 3rd year Psychology student minoring in Health and Society. Since her interest focuses on Health Psychology, she intends to interpret the relationship between experiences of daily life and emotional well-being. By working as a Research Assistant, she wishes not only to enhance her knowledge in Psychology, but also to improve her laboratory skills. Outside of the lab, she works as a Pharmacy Assistant.

Juliane Henkel

Sohrab Ghassemieh

 

Lab Alumni

Kevin Chi (Directed Studies)

Kevin recently graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology and minor in Education. His research interests focus on understanding the biological and behavioural mechanisms linking everyday social interactions to health and well-being in old age. Kevin has received over a dozen awards and scholarships, including the UBC Quinn Research Assistantship Award to support his independent project on age differences in the associations between daily prosocial activities and health.

 

 

Kiana Maeda

Kiana is a research assistant who recently earned her BA in Psychology from UBC. She is interested in Health Psychology and is particularly intrigued by how social interactions and mental health can influence overall physical well-being such as acute and chronic illness. Outside of the lab, Kiana is actively involved in community work, and she is pursuing further training in the field of Counselling Psychology.

 

 

Ye-Von Lee

Ye-Von is a research assistant who recently graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology and minor in Health & Society.  She is particularly interested in Health and Developmental Psychology. Currently, she is involved in research studying infancy, cross-cultural aspects of human development, and biobehavioral pathways to healthy lifestyles and aging. Ye-Von hopes to pursue a career in Public Health, with the intention of applying her knowledge and background in psychological research to promote psychology as an important determinant of health.

 

 

Jamile De Medeiros e Silva (Honours Thesis)

Jamile is a 4th year Honours Psychology student who is conducting her Honours Thesis at the UPLIFT Health Lab. Her research focus is on how positive/negative daily experiences can influence one’s quality of sleep, and how that in turn can affect one’s health. She is overall very interested in Health Psychology, particularly how social connectivity can affect one’s physical well-being, in particular cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation. Outside of the lab, Jamile is very involved with clubs at UBC, such as the Brazilian Student Association. For the future, Jamile hopes to further pursue her studies at the graduate level in Psychology, specifically in Health or Social/Personality. 

 

 

Taekeun (TK) Choi

TK is a research assistant who is in his 4th year majoring in Psychology. He has an interest in Health Psychology focused on how one’s emotions and attitude influence their mind and health. Additionally, TK would like to study more on how early social interactions form one’s personality. Besides from working in the lab, TK is actively involved in various Korean student clubs and goes on adventures to find new food.

 

 

Story Hu

Story is a 4th year psychology student. She is interested in how effective health psychology can help reduce the costs spent in health care services by improving health behaviours before the development of any illnesses and improving disease management if any illnesses have developed. Besides her interest in health psychology, she is also interested in neuroscience, so she enjoys volunteering for Let’s Talk Science and finds the experience incredible when she is able to incorporate what she has learnt at school when teaching kids. Outside of school, Story plays the harp and some other instruments in her leisure time.