Staff and Students


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Fiona Choi, PhD

Research Associate

Fiona received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia with a focus on preclinical models of addiction. She currently holds the HSBC Fellowship in Addiction Research exploring factors associated with substance use disorders, trauma and related psychopathology. She is also involved in the development of an integrated mental health web platform for vulnerable youth, utilizing e-health tools to strengthen mental well-being.


Alireza Kazemi, MD 

Data Scientist




Tam To, BA

Research Coordinator

Tam recently graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program at UBC with a major in Psychology and a minor in Commerce. She previously worked as a Communications, Media, and Events Assistant in the lab under the Work Learn program. During her time at the lab, she realized her interest in providing support to and learning about people who have lived and living experiences with substance use and concurrent disorders. She is especially interested in a promising pain and substance use management approach using a botanical formulation called TGIR ( Traditional Gastro-Intestinal Remedy) approved for use in Vietnam under the trade name Heantos-4 (H-4) and E-Mental Health solutions.

Outside of work, she loves to travel, learn about different cultures and languages as well as try local food!

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Marisha Boyd, BSc

Project Coordinator

Marisha is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience with a minor in Health & Society. She manages the e-health platform RAMP (Risk Assessment and Management Platform) and leads a team of students in developing educational and therapeutic content for the platform. She also coordinates in-person and virtual events, including the annual Let’s Talk Overdose conference, alongside supporting a variety of other projects focused on e-health and improving mental health care. She is interested in how neuroscience, technology and policy can intersect to improve human and planetary health.





Janet Suen, BSc

Staff member

Janet completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2017.  Through her studies, work, and volunteer activities, Janet has cultivated a passion for promoting mental wellness within underserved communities and vulnerable populations. She is interested in a wide-range of topics including trauma, self-compassion, social support, and substance use in the context of mental health and illness. Janet hopes to contribute to the growing field of e-health to reduce barriers in accessing mental health supports for all individuals.


Andy Tai, BSc

PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at UBC









Jane Kim, BSc

MSc student in Experimental Medicine





Vivian Tsang, MD

Resident Researcher

Vivian is a psychiatry research track resident at the University of British Columbia. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Childhood Cannabinoid Clinical Trials to advance the investigation of new pharmacotherapies and is most interested in furthering research in addictions and concurrent disorders. Vivian held previous positions on UBC’s Senate, Vancouver City Council Advisory Committees, and represented the Faculty of Medicine to lobby for resources for youth mental health with BC’s Minister of Health. On the side, she heads a national charity, The HOPE Initiative Foundation which works to inspire innovative solutions to existing systems through student leadership and community outreach in Canada.