People


Lab Director


Dr. Samantha Dawson

Title:
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Principal Investigator, SWell Lab

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

About: Dr. Samantha Dawson is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. Since 2009, her research program has focused on identifying mechanisms contributing to sexual function in individuals and couples, with the goal of using these mechanisms to develop targeted interventions for sexual dysfunction. Her clinical interests include evidence-based interventions for sexual dysfunction. Dr. Dawson is in the process of registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.


Post-Doctoral Fellows


Inês Tavares, PhD

Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

About: Originally from Portugal, Dr. Inês Tavares joined the SWell Lab as a postdoctoral fellow following completion of her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Porto. Her research integrates laboratory and survey-based methodologies, as well as individual and dyadic approaches to examine biopsychosocial predictors of sexual well-being in clinical and community populations. She is the recipient of a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral fellowship to work with Dr. Samantha Dawson and Dr. Natalie Rosen (Dalhousie University).  During her postdoctoral program, Inês will be developing and testing an online and evidence-based program focused on the prevention of sexual difficulties in couples transitioning to parenthood. Ultimately, her research interests serve the goal of informing the development of better treatment options for the sexual health and well-being of individuals and couples.

Graduate Students


Erin Fitzpatrick, BSc

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Title: MA Student

About: Originally from Nova Scotia, Erin graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2020. She is now an MA student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC. Her research in the SWell Lab currently focuses on discovering novel methods for improving sexual and relationship well-being in at-risk populations (e.g., couples transitioning to parenthood) and promoting evidence-based sexual education. Outside of the lab, Erin’s interests include cooking, cycling, playing chess and making music!


Marta Kolbuszewska, BA

Title: MA Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

About: Marta is a first-year MA student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC. Her research interests centre around understanding individual and relational processes that contribute to sexual dysfunction, genito-pelvic pain, and genito-pelvic dysesthesias. She is particularly interested in using dyadic data analytic techniques to better understand the role of interpersonal factors in shaping sexual function for individuals and couples.


Kiarah O’Kane, BSc

Title: MA Student

Pronouns: She/They

About: Kiarah is a first-year MA student in the UBC Clinical Psychology Program. Their research interests are twofold: First, to examine the modifiable factors impacting the sexual well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and couples. Second, to use psychophysiological and eye tracking methods to explore gender and sexual orientation differences in sexual response patterns. These research interests serve the overarching goal of developing accessible interventions for bolstering the sexual well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and couples.

Lab Manager


Greta Jang

Title: Lab Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

About: Greta is completing the final year of her undergrad in psychology (B.A.) and has previously conducted research on coping with suicidal behaviours. Her research interests include suicide and non-suicidal self-injury, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, and interpersonal dysfunction. Her work at a charitable organization has given her a passion for sustainability and equity, particularly the intersection of mental health and social issues such as gender and racial inequity, and the disproportionate mental health impacts arising from the effects of climate change on marginalized groups and communities. She intends to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

Research Assistants


Natasha Zippan

Title: Communications Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Simone Goldberg

Title: Research Assistant & Former Honours Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Maya Thulin

Title: Honours Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Stephanie Chen

Title: Honours Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Gwen Farm

Title: Research Assistant, Co-Op Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yana Skatvo, BA

Title: Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alexis Seppelt

Title: Directed Studies Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Nicholas Latimer

Title: Directed Studies Student

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Jax Newman

Title: Research Assistant

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Abril Rivera

Title: Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chris Sang

Title: Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elena Zettelmeyer

Title: Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers