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Sohrab Ghassemieh

Title: Former Research Assistant (2020-2021) About: Sohrab is a fourth-year psychology student at UBC, hoping to further his education in clinical psychology. He is interested in anxiety disorders, particularly Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the relationship between sexual obsessions and sexual functioning.

Ellen Flynn, BSc

Title: Former Research Assistant (2021) Pronouns: She/Her/Hers About: Ellen is a final-year psychology MSc student studying online at the University of Edinburgh. Her master’s dissertation explores the intersection of body image and social media use. Her research interests include; sexuality and sexual wellbeing, women’s health, body image, eating disorders, and critical psychology.

Tianqi Peng

Title: Former Work Learn Student (2021) Pronouns: She/Her/Hers About: Tianqi recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She hopes to contribute research that helps better understand sexual health and development of interventions for people who are encountering problems with sexuality.

Lior Torgeman

Title: Former Work Learn Student (2021) Pronouns: She/Her/Hers About: I am a 4th year undergraduate student studying Psychology, with a minor in International Relations. I am interested in studying how past experiences of trauma manifest in sexual health and wellbeing. My longterm aspiration is to provide trauma-informed counselling services to better support individuals in their […]

Leor Elizur

Title: Former Lab Manager (2020-2021) About: Leor has an Honours BA in Psychology from UBC and is the lab manager of the Sexuality and Well-being (SWELL) lab. Her research interests lie at the intersection of mental health and sexuality and she is particularly interested in the mental health experiences of sexual minorities.

Priyam Joshi

Title: Former Work Learn Student (2020-2021) About: Priyam is a 4th-year undergraduate student studying Psychology with a minor in Law and Society. She is interested in psycho-social interventions, Mindfulness, CBT and anxiety disorders. Her career goal is to conduct research on increasing accessibility and effectiveness of psycho-social treatments and interventions. She will be working on […]

Molly Hsu

Title: Research Assistant; Former Honours Student Pronouns: She/They About: Molly is a third-year undergraduate Psychology and Critical Sexuality Studies student at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in sexual dysfunction, psychopathology, and paraphilias. Molly aims to pursue research surrounding sexual well-being and dysfunction to combine her interests in clinical psychology and sexuality.

Elena Scheibler

Title: Research Assistant; Former Directed Studies Student Pronouns: She/Her/Hers About: Elena is a fourth-year undergraduate psychology student at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include sexual dysfunction, particularly pain, as well as sexual wellbeing throughout the lifespan. The impact of physiological experiences on psychological wellbeing, and vice versa, are particularly interesting to her. […]

Valentine Balcazar

Title: Research Assistant Pronouns: She/Her/Hers About: Valentina is a fourth year undergraduate student studying psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include intersectional sexual wellbeing and dysfunction, as well as sex taboos and myths in different socio-cultural spheres. She is very passionate about knowledge translation, and is currently designing an initiative to […]

Simon Shepphard

Title: Research Assistant Pronouns: He/Him/His About: Simon is a 4th year psychology undergraduate student interested in pursuing research and psychotherapy. Outside of the SWell lab, he works part time at Lookout Housing Society, where he cultivates an understanding of the community-level applications of academic research.