Lab Members


Lab Manager
Katherine Moore
Katherine is currently working toward completing her undergraduate B.A in Psychology and plans to attend graduate school afterwards. She is particularly interested in how educational services offered by the government to first time parents can help improve the well being of caregivers as well as children.
Graduate Students
Kostadin Kushlev
I am a PhD Candidate in Social Psychology broadly interested in the factors that promote psychological well-being. I have explored, for example, the factors that promote parental well-being and the emotions that can motivate positive self-change. My current work explores the psychological costs and benefits of omnipresent connectivity to the Internet. I am looking at when, how, and why people’s incessant interactions with devices, such as smartphones affect our ability to derive a sense of social relatedness from in-person social interactions. You can find a list of my current publications at:
Ashley Whillans
I am a PhD student in Social & Health Psychology who studies the causes and consequences of helping others. Adapting methods from social and health psychology and judgement and decision making, I ask questions such as “What role do genetics play in shaping the emotional rewards of charitable giving?” “When does thinking about time and money help vs. hinder prosociality?” and “Can helping others benefit health?” My research is funded primarily by the Chicago Booth School of Business and John Templeton Foundation: and you can find out more about my ongoing research here:
Alyssa Croft
Alyssa is a PhD Candidate in social psychology. Her research aims to answer broad questions concerning motivation, cognition and affect, specifically as they relate to stigma, stereotypes and prejudice. For more information about Alyssa and her research please see:
Aaron Weidman

Aaron is a Ph.D. student at UBC. He studies the function and measurement of emotion and related constructs, including happiness and well-being. Some of his work in the Happy Lab concerns the way in which research questions related to happiness can yield different answers depending on what type of happiness is measured. Aaron’s complete profile can be found here:
Senior Research Assistants
Emily Jeong
Emily is a 3rd year honours student who is working to complete her thesis project which investigates the benefits and barriers of buying happier time. She is interested in social psychology, organizational behaviour and how leadership plays a role in group efficiency. In the future, she hopes to work in the human resources industry as a consultant.
Camille Hunt
Camille is currently completing her B.Sc. with a double major in Honours Biology and Psychology. Her honours thesis focuses on defining the hypersalience network and it’s role in the delusions of patients with schizophrenia using neuroimaging techniques. Her primary interests include mental health, neuroscience, social psychology, food and travel. She plans to continue her research in the field of neuropsychology and obtain an M.D. with a specialization in psychiatry.
Winnie Liang
Winnie is a third-year student majoring in Biopsychology. She is interested in social and health psychology, particularly in how lifestyle changes can contribute to psychological and physical well-being. In the future, she hopes to work in health care settings and apply her knowledge to help those in need.
Lynnaea Northey
Lynnaea is a fourth year psychology student who is currently completing her honours thesis which explores the link between borderline personality disorder symptoms and sexuality variables. Her primary research interests include: factors that contribute to resilience and well-being, emotion regulation, eating disorder and borderline personality pathology, comorbidity, and the role of emotions in the therapeutic process. She hopes to continue her studies and research involvement in a clinical psychology graduate program next year.
Alison Knill
Jason Proulx
Jason is a third-year psychology honors student. He is interested in social and cognitive psychology, particularly in how technology such as smartphones affects our social and emotional well-being. In the future, he hopes to attend graduate school to develop his skills in research, mentorship and teaching so he can contribute meaningfully to social cognition research and apply his knowledge to help others.
Lab Alumni
Graduate Students
Lara Aknin
Lara completed her BA (Hons.), MA and PhD at UBC. Her primary research focuses on whether, when and how giving leads to happiness. She also studies the impact of gift giving, social connection, and money. Lara is now an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University (here’s a link to her profile there).
Gillian Sandstrom
Dr. Gillian Sandstrom completed her Ph.D. in 2013. For her dissertation, she studied how relationships with acquaintances, or weak social ties, are associated with well-being.  Her work finds that people are happier on days when they interact with more weak ties than they usually do, and that minimal social interactions, like the ones with your usual barista, might provide a hidden source of happiness. She currently holds a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge, where she is collaborating with computer scientists to examine the behavioural correlates of emotion through use of a mobile phone application.
Jordi Quoidbach
Dr. Quoidbach is interested in understanding how our ability to mentally travel through tie to re-experience the past and pre-experience the future shape our happiness in the present.

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