Current Members

Lab Manager
Alison Knill
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Alison has graduated from UBC with her BSc. majoring in Biological Psychology and is interested in pursuing freelance scientific journalism. She is particularly focused on covering new research in neuroscience, psychology and health.


Graduate Students
Ryan Dwyer 
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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
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Directed Studies Students
Jason Proulx

Jason is a UBC alumnus with an honors degree (BA) in psychology. He is interested in social, cognitive, and clinical psychology. He studies how technology such as smartphones can shape people’s social and emotional well-being as well as parents’ relationship with their children. In the future, he hopes to attend graduate school for Fall 2017. He aims to not only develop his skills in research, mentorship, and teaching, but to apply these skills to help people in meaningful, long lasting ways. At the moment, he is working with Dr. Elizabeth Dunn on projects investigating the impact of technology on people’s psychology. Additionally, he is collaborating on a project with Dr. Dunn and Dr. Victoria Savalei investigating people’s understanding and interpretation of Bayesian statistics.


Senior Research Assistants
Jean Dong
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Jean is a fourth year undergraduate psychology major. She is interested in Social and Personality psychology and hopes to continue doing research in graduate school.