Recent Graduates

Discover the diverse career paths of some of our recent PhD graduates! These scholars represent each of the Departments and School within the Faculty of Education and have gone on to achieve considerable success in their respective fields.

Click on each of their profiles to learn more about what they studied at UBC and where they are now.

EDST

Simon Blakesley

April 28, 2017

Simon Blakesley is an educator living in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. He completed the Ph.D. (Educational Studies) program at UBC (Vancouver) in 2010. His dissertation, titled “Remote and Unresearched: A Contextualized Study of Non-Indigenous Educational Leaders Working in Yukon Indigenous Communities”, engages in a critical analysis of the lived experiences of non-Indigenous educational leaders working in […]

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Anthony Carlsen

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduated with a PhD in Human Kinetics (2008) Bio: My PhD investigated how humans prepare fast, goal-directed movements under different circumstances, and the brain areas involved in motor preparation. The funding I received during my PhD allowed me to devote as much time as possible to my research program, without having to incur debt […]

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Erin Cressman

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduated with a PhD in Human Kinetics (2007) Bio: The focus of my PhD Work was the examination of visual processing for action in the absence of conscious awareness by determining how “invisible” stimuli influence movements. The funding I received during my PhD was critical to my success in the program. In particular, it […]

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Maren Elfert

April 28, 2017

Dr. Maren Elfert came to pursue doctoral studies in EDST at UBC after having worked for more than a decade at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany. Her research examines how international organizations contribute to the globalization of ideas, in particular educational ideas and discourses of human rights. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation on […]

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EDCP

Ruth Guo

April 28, 2017

Ruth Guo, who graduated in 2006, conducted her doctoral research on Information and communication technology (ICT) literacy in teacher education: A case study of the University of British Columbia. Her research was funded in part by a University Graduate Fellowship from UBC. She joined the Computer Information Systems Department at Buffalo State in 2007 where […]

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LLED

Chelsey Hauge

April 28, 2017

Chelsey received her Ph.D. in LLED from UBC in 2015. Chelsey received a Vanier Fellowship for her research on the digital storytelling practices of rural Nicaraguan youth enrolled in a civic engagement program. The Vanier enabled her to spend long periods of time in Latin America and immerse herself in research on youth media production. […]

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Melanie Janzen

April 28, 2017

Current Position: Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba My PhD research explored what it means to be and become a teacher in an era of mandated, standardized curriculum. It considered the ways in which teachers experience and understand teacher “becoming”, their relationship with curriculum, and their responsibility to education. Receiving UBC PhD […]

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ECPS

Stephanie Jull

April 28, 2017

Dr. Stephanie Jull completed her PhD at UBC in 2012. Her dissertation research focussed on teaching community swimming instructors to support children with autism to learn to swim. As a result of her research, adapted lessons continue at the pool where the research occurred and ongoing training has taken place to ensure that new instructors […]

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Jongmun Kim

April 28, 2017

Dr. Jongmun Kim, who graduated in 2014, conducted his doctoral research on elementary students’ changes in ocean literacy during an aquarium summer camp experiences. Owing to four years funding from UBC, he could devote himself to his study that has had a significant impact on Korean marine education. As a board member of Korean Marine […]

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Ashwani Kumar

April 28, 2017

Current Position:Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University At UBC, the focus of my research was to understand the relationship among meditative inquiry, human consciousness, and education. In my dissertation, I theorized the concept of curriculum as meditative inquiry, which urges educators to re-imagine the whole phenomena of education in a new light […]

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ECPS

Vanessa LaPointe

April 28, 2017

Degree: Degree: Graduate of Psychology program, ECPS Bio: My passion has always been thinking about what children need to grow in the best possible way. As a doctoral student, my research focused on the impact of the neighbourhood environment on healthy child development. The funding I received allowed me to work alongside some of the […]

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Kristina Llewellyn

April 28, 2017

A historian of education and feminist scholar, Kristina Llewellyn (PhD, Educational Studies 2006), is Associate professor of Social Development Studies at Renison University College (University of Waterloo). Her scholarship is devoted to oral history in the pursuit of social justice. The author of Democracy’s Angels: The Work of Women Teachers (2012) and co-editor of The […]

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Dana Maslovat

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology (2010) Bio: My PhD examined how adults learn new movements by studying changes to brain and muscle patterns during physical practice, observation and imagery. The funding received during my PhD was critical to my success in the program as it allowed me the opportunity to focus full-time on […]

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ECPS

Patti McDougall

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduate of Human Development, Learning and Culture program in ECPS Current Position: Vice Provost at the University of Saskatchewan Patricia McDougall came to UBC having already completed graduate work in developmental psychology, adding to that background to become an educational psychologist. The breadth of knowledge, research expertise, and hands-on experience of being part of […]

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Onowa McIvor

April 28, 2017

Dr. Onowa McIvor is nehiyaw from Norway House and Cross Lake Cree Nations in Northern Manitoba and has been a visitor on Coast and Straits Salish territories for nearly 20 years. Onowa completed her Ph.D at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Language and Literacy Education focused on adult Indigenous language learning. […]

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Mia Perry

April 28, 2017

Mia Perry completed her dissertation, Theatre as a Place of Learning: The Forces and Effects of Devised Theatre Processes in Education, in 2010. She looked at contemporary cultural practices, specifically professional devised theatre, in relation to the pedagogical affordances therein for inquiry, critique, and representation in secondary arts education. Funding at UBC (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, […]

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Catherine Sabiston

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology (2006) Bio: I am a researcher and professor at the University of Toronto. I hold a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in physical activity and mental health to conduct research related to understanding physical activity, motivation, and mental health (including body image, physical self-perceptions, anxiety, depression, and stress). […]

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Amy Salmon

April 28, 2017

Dr. Amy Salmon has an extensive career as researcher, front-line worker, and health care administrator, working in a wide variety of areas related to substance use, mental health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and social determinants of health. She holds her PhD in Educational Studies from UBC, specializing in the Sociology of Education and Disability […]

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Jessica Scott

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology (2009) Bio: The focus of my PhD was the relationship between acute exercise and cardiovascular function in three groups: elite athletes, normally active individuals and heart transplant recipients. These investigations provided important information showing how extremely prolonged and high intensity exercise affect left and right heart function. The […]

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Gunter Siegmund

April 27, 2017

Degree: Graduated with a PhD in Human Kinetics (2001) Current Position: Director of Research, Senior Engineer, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists Conducts technical investigations and research into the biomechanics of injury. Involved in over 3000 technical investigations related to motor vehicle collisions, bicycle collisions, pedestrian impacts, and slip and fall accidents. Biomechanical analyses consist of […]

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ECPS

Richard Stock

April 28, 2017

What was the focus of your doctoral research? My doctoral research investigated the 12 month clinical outcomes of preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder receiving treatment based on two different models of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). One group, in Vancouver, received Verbal Behavior ABA in a group pre-school setting. The second group, in Halifax, received […]

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ECPS

Tracy Vaillancourt

April 28, 2017

Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt is a Canada Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health and Violence Prevention at uOttawa where she is cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and in the School of Psychology. She is an elected member of The College of the Royal Society of Canada and the recipient of the 2016 uOttawa […]

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Rose Vukovic

April 28, 2017

Current Position: Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota My dissertation research focused on the development of mathematical learning disabilities in children from first through fourth grade. My UBC Graduate Fellowship freed me to focus on building a solid research foundation in my master’s program, which set me up to receive […]

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