Staff and Students

Janet Suen, BSc 

Research Coordinator

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.

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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





Marisha Boyd

Communications and Event Coordinator

Marisha is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Behavioural Neuroscience with a minor in Health & Society. She is interested in how neuroscience, technology and policy can intersect to improve human and planetary health. She is eager to contribute to making e-health tools that are impactful and accessible to everyone.

Ava Outadi, MA 

Research Assistant

Ava received her MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, with her thesis focusing on accessibility to care. She is involved in the development of an integrated e-mental health platform called RAMP, helping to promote accessibility to mental health resources for all.



Mohammad Nikoo, MD

PhD Student in Experimental Medicine

Mohammadali Nikoo is a medical graduate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and he is currently a graduate student in psychiatry field supervised by professor Michael Krausz. His thesis is a clinical trial comparing opium tincture and methadone for maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder. His main research interests are public health, vulnerable populations, substance use and concurrent disorders, children and adolescent psychiatry and traumatic brain injury and his passion is to improve the health and well being of the society as a whole with special focus on more vulnerable populations.


Katarina Tabi, PharmD

PhD student

Katarina received her Master and PharmD degree from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno, Czech Republic. With a specialized background in neuropsychiatry, Katarina is actively involved in the development of e-mental health platforms and in clinical studies related to substance use, vulnerable populations and childhood trauma. Her other interests include public health, psychosocial and mindfulness interventions. She is also currently in training to become a MBSR teacher from University of Massachusetts Medical School. Katarina’s  goal and vision is to increase awareness about mental health in society, inspire people to care about their mental well-being and offer them support to do so through the e-health tools.

Mostafa Kamel, MSc, MD

PhD student in Addiction Psychiatry at UBC

Assistant lecturer of psychiatry at Tanta University






James Wong, BSc

MSc in Experimental Medicine at UBC.






Farhud Shams, BSc

MSc Student in Experimental Medicine at UBC



Andy Tai, BSc

MSc Student in Neuroscience at UBC









Jean Westenberg, BSc

MSc student in Experimental Medicine







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.


Kimia Ziafat, BSc

MSc Student in Population and Public Health at UBC

Work Learn Student | Research Project Assistant






Katsy Concepcion

BSc Integrated Science, Minor in Health and Society Student at UBC

Work Learn Student | Research Project Assistant

Katsy is a 4th year Integrated Sciences student studying Neuroscience and Physiology while minoring in Health and Society. She is interested in how neuroscience and policy can be utilized to reduce disparities within healthcare systems. Katsy hopes to continue in her passion for health equity, advocacy, and youth empowerment to create tangible change within vulnerable communities.



Hasti Fadakar, BSc

Work Learn Student | Research Project Assistant

Hasti received a Bachelor Degree in Integrated Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia. She is interested in investigating how opioids may affect different individuals differently.