Prospective Graduate Students

 *** I am accepting graduate student applications for the upcoming school year! I only accept applications through Health Psychology, which is a research-oriented MA & PhD program. I do NOT supervise graduate students whose primary interests are in other areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, social) or who are enrolled/intend to enroll in UBC graduate programs in other fields. ***

What I look for in a prospective graduate student

  • An excellent match between an advisor and a student’s research interests is essential for a productive and successful experience in graduate school. I only supervise students who are interested in the associations of positive well-being, stress, and emotions with health and aging. Read my publications and read descriptions of the lab’s projects.
  • Past research experience in health psychology or related areas of research
  • Strong letters of recommendation from past professors and research advisors who can speak about your experience, performance, and abilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Potential for and strong interest in developing quantitative skills
  • Ability to work well collaboratively (a great team player) and independently
  • The most competitive applicants also have:
    • Solid scores on all sections of the GRE. Although there is no strict cutoff, scores about the 80th percentile are typically considered competitive. The GRE is required for graduate school applications to UBC Psychology.
    • External funding from government agencies. This funding can substantially boost the competitiveness of an application. Eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply for Canadian Tri-Council Graduate Scholarships. Click here for information about external fellowship opportunities.

What to expect as a graduate student in my lab

In addition to completing requirements as part of the Health Psychology graduate program, my graduate students:

  • Engage in regular meetings with me to discuss research interests, academic and professional career goals, and progress towards goals
  • Under my supervision, students work towards developing their own line of theoretically-grounded, hypothesis-driven, programmatic research that fits within the overall goals and activities of the UPLIFT Health Lab.
  • Are involved in all aspects of research, including training undergraduate research assistants, study design, study management, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of research findings through peer-reviewed publications, research presentations at national and international conferences (e.g., Canadian Association for Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America, and American Psychosomatic Society), and knowledge translation to general audiences
  • Develop specialized expertise and skills at the intersection of health psychology, stress, and aging, by working with biological specimens (e.g., to assess neuroendocrine and inflammatory markers), ambulatory assessment and intensive longitudinal methods (e.g., assessing experiences, health, and health behaviours in daily life), and longitudinal population-based data
  • Receive ongoing training in research ethics and the responsible conduct of research
  • Participate in lab meetings, Health Psychology area workshops, and attend departmental and university seminars and colloquia
  • Work with collaborators from different disciplines within and outside of UBC

 

For more information 

If you are interested in applying to the Health Psychology graduate program with me as your potential advisor, please email me at nsin@psych.ubc.ca. Please include a brief description of your research experience and interests and attach your CV in the email. I look forward to hearing from you!