Current Members

Lab Manager

Kiarah O’Kane


Kiarah recently graduated from UBC with her B.A. majoring in Psychology. She intends to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, and her research interests include the relationship between Autism Spectrum Disorder and trauma, and how research on social connection can inform clinical practices.

Graduate Students

Ryan Dwyer

Ryan Dwyer Lab Website Photo

Ryan is a PhD student in Social Psychology at UBC. His broad interests are in judgment & decision making and well-being. Specifically, he is interested in how people decide to spend their time and money to improve their lives and the lives of others. His current projects explore the relationship between happiness and meaning, the impact of technology on our social lives, and the effect of volunteering on well-being.

Iris Lok


Iris is a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at UBC. She is interested in how people can make the most out of their social interactions. Her current projects look at how we can get strangers to connect with each other. More broadly, she is interested in using psychological research to make people happier and more socially connected.

Dunigan Folk


I’m broadly interested in how different aspects of the human experience contribute to living “the good life”. More specifically, I am interested in the influence our relationships, technology, and unpleasant states like boredom have on our happiness and the meaning we derive from our lives.

Honours Students

Aaron Zhuo


Aaron is a 4th year B.A. Psychology Honors undergraduate at UBC. Aaron is broadly interested in applied research intersecting happiness and choice in an industrial-organizational or urban planning setting. His current projects explore the impact of scarcity on prosociality and the social impact of technology on happiness. Upon graduation, Aaron intends to pursue a PhD in Business with a specialization in Behavioral Studies.

Directed Studies Students
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Senior Research Assistants
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