Anastasia Frank Cheng, MPH
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.
Janet Suen, BSc (Hons)
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.
Dr. Fiona Choi, PhD
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.
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
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.
PhD student in Addiction Psychiatry at UBC.
Master degree in Neuro psychiatry.
Assistant lecturer of psychiatry at Tanta University.
BSc in Biology & Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC
MSc in Experimental Medicine at UBC.
BSc in Engineering
MSc Student in Experimental Medicine at UBC
BSc in Neuroscience at UofT
Minor in Environmental Science and Religion
MSc Student in Neuroscience at UBC
Work Learn Students
BSc student in Biology at UBC
Minoring in Asian Studies
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.
BA student in English Literature and Language at UBC
MM student at the UBC Sauder School of Business
BSc Biology, MSc Experimental Medicine