Congratulations to Spring 2022 Graduating ECPS Students

Dear ECPS Graduates (see below for a list of graduates),

Twice every year, we get to pause and acknowledge the tremendous accomplishment that is graduation. Every time, it is with renewed pleasure and enthusiasm that we get to express our recognition for the exceptional effort all of you have put in to reach this special moment. It is therefore with a great sense of privilege that we are sending this message in recognition of your accomplishment today. We are aware that this is one step in a much larger journey, and we want to joyfully wish you all the best as you embark on the next stages of your professional and academic life.

We also want to honour the fact that your accomplishments have happened during a time of unprecedented global upheaval. None of you anticipated that the last two years your program would be an unpredictable mix of virtual and face-to-face learning. Thankfully, you get to celebrate your graduation live, with your peers, your parents, and your loved ones. We want to celebrate and applaud the resilience you have shown, as well as your ability to be flexible and to adjust to new learning situations. Your efforts have been real and our recognition is heartfelt.

We believe that one day, we will all look back on this time, and remember how we did things in ways that we never thought we could. It will add to the value of what you are celebrating today. You will all have graduated at a notable moment in time, and it is important to recognize the unique conditions you faced leading up to your graduation.

We offer our sincerest congratulations to each and all of you. We will be in attendance as you graduate and we are pleased to be able to share these sentiments in person, with the larger UBC community. Do know that this virtual message is not any less meaningful or less well-intended. You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves, and we hope that each of you will be able to celebrate this memorable day with those close to you.

Best wishes to all of you.


Jenna Shapka and Serge Lacroix, on behalf of all ECPS faculty and staff

Jennifer D Shapka, PhD
ECPS Professor and Head

Serge Lacroix PhD, R. Psych.
ECPS Associate Professor of Teaching and Director of Graduate Programs

Congratulations to the following Spring 2022 Graduating Students:

Virginia Dreier
Brittany Lasanen
Johanna Mickelson
Natalie Sweeney

Kristina Belyea
Luke Bokenfohr
Vanessa Coady
Mindy Ghag
Ross Hilliam
Philip Holden
Brandy Holownia
Sarah Leslie
Amber Lum
Sabina Lupasco
Hanh-Thi Nguyen
Renee Pede
Francisco Javier Perello Rowland
Christina Vasak

Matthew McDaniel
Thesis Title: How do community mental health workers maintain wellness while responding to the fentanyl overdose crisis?

Aileen Neale
Talia Bailey
Sagdiana Khabirova
Jiadi He
Qixin Pan
Yinuo Zhang
Ye Tian
Ruhui Yao
Yeaji Kim

Louai Rahal
Thesis title: Participatory design in the special education classroom: designing technology with educators for students with autism spectrum disorder

Jacqueline Maloney
Thesis title: Student-teacher relationships, self-regulation, and social and emotional competencies in kindergarteners

Dawn Kennedy
Tianyi Zheng

Nesrine El Banna
Janette Leung
Andy Ma
Man Niu

Minjeong Park
Thesis Title: Using item response tree models for studying response behaviours.

Adetunji Adekunle
Erica Brough

Kathleen Krol
Ashley Haber
Christianne Machado
Rachel Webber
Megan Chrostowski
Christine Danroth
Hannah Wade
Jessica Downie
Jennifer Andersen
Parc Chan
Sarah Szak

Silvia Mazabel Ortega
Thesis title: Collaborating with university instructors to foster self-regulated learning in science undergraduate courses

Simon Lisaingo
Thesis title: Small challenges, big challenges: understanding and supporting the development of emotion-related self-regulation in schools

“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” — Michael Josephson