Current Staff

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Dr. Fiona Choi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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.


Anastasia Frank

Anastasia Frank Cheng, MPH

Research Coordinator

Anastasia Frank is the Research Coordinator of the Krausz Research Group and the Behavioral Reward Affect + Impulsivity Neuroscience Lab (BRAIN-Lab). She completed an undergraduate Geography degree with honors at McGill University in 2011, and a Master of Public Health degree at UBC in 2013. Anastasia’s area of interest is healthy built environments, including work on homelessness and housing security with the At Home/Chez Soi, BC Homeless Count, and SALOME studies. Anastasia supports all of the group’s ongoing projects—coordinating administration, student researchers, funding development, data collection and storage, and research publication.



Dr. 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.



Dr. Katarina Tabi, PharmD

Research Assistant

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 end 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, also through the e-health tools.


Joey Lim

Media and Marketing

Joey is a second year Bachelor of Media Studies student at UBC. With a diverse background, Joey is keen to understand and help mental health become a subject anyone can talk about. He combines his skill in graphic designs and video production to promote the WalkAlong brand, and also uses social media to engage in the mental health conversation. Joey hopes to bring e-mental health platforms to more people, especially youth who face a new struggle in the social media age. Upon graduation, Joey wants to continue his studies in Journalism and media studies.


Lucy Miao

EMH 2018 Conference Coordinator

Lucy is a third year Pharmacology student at UBC, undertaking a minor in Psychology. She is interested in psychiatry and is eager to see how e-health can shape the mental health field. She is in charge of monitoring registration and abstract submissions for the EMH 2018 Conference and communicating with speakers. She manages the ACD Twitter feed and updates the internet sphere with recent mental health developments, addictions research and e-health news. In her spare time, Lucy is an avid flautist and plays in a few bands.

Former Staff

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Nichoson Nguyen

Marketing Project Assistant

Nichoson is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student at UBC with a specialization in Marketing. As an advocate for health and wellness, Nichoson is excited to bring his skills and experiences with digital media, graphic design and web development to support the department’s e-mental health platform for youth, WalkAlong. He hopes to bridge together both WalkAlong and the world’s most up-to-date digital trends in order to expand the platform’s public outreach. His other interests include social entrepreneurship, exercising, and mentorship.