Jessica is currently an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, where she’s worked as a research assistant at UBC’s Early Development Research Group. Her experience at the lab has stimulated her passion for psychological research, which led to her completing her first of two undergraduate theses for her degree. The second of which she will be working on this year at UBC’s Social Identity Lab. She is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental and sexual health, and minimizing barriers for those who want to seek treatment. With hopes of pursuing a career in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Jessica is currently focused on broadening her skills in the clinical sector by representing our team as a clinical coordinator.
Words to live by
“We grow through what we go through”
Q & A With our Staff
A little bit more about me
I’m currently an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia in the process of completing my Bachelor of Arts, in the Honours Psychology program. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and pursue a career in Clinical or Counselling Psychology.
Something you’re proud of (challenge you’ve overcome, etc.)?
This past year I completed my first undergraduate research thesis! As a part of the Honours program at UBC, students are required to work as research assistants in one of the university’s psychology labs, where they will also formulate their thesis. When I began my degree I couldn’t have imagined writing something so long, never mind designing and conducting my own study while taking classes. The rigour of the program and the support I received from my mentors re-instilled my confidence and showed me that I’m capable of anything I set my mind to! As a result of this accomplishment, I’m now able to look forward to working on my second study in the fall, rather than being overwhelmed with stress and anxiety at the prospect of it.
What led you to counselling?
My interest in counselling stems from the positive impacts I’ve seen it have on my friends and family. Providing someone with support and being a stable resource that they can rely on is undeniably beneficial and something I hope to be able to provide to others in the future. After seeing the ways my mom and aunt have helped people in healthcare and forensic psychology, I’ve been inspired to do my part by pursuing a career in counselling or clinical psychology with a specialization in sexual health.
What/who inspires you?
My past mentors! Kiley Hamlin, the head researcher at the Centre for Infant Cognition will always be an inspiration to me as she’s a key leader in research investigating infants’ social and moral development. Her personability and kindness also make her an amazing teacher! Francis Yuen, one of the graduate students at the CIC supervises and designs countless studies. His time management and dedication never fail to astound me!
Favorite things to do?
I love to paint! Whether it be acrylic, watercolour, or ceramics, painting is just so relaxing and one of the best ways I’ve found to help manage my stress. I’m also currently getting back into fitness and I’ve really enjoyed being in the gym and hiking!
Favorite book and why?
The Harry Potter series! I don’t know how many times I’ve read it at this point but without fail, it always brings a smile to my face. There are also so many little details in each book, so every time you read it you’ll make a connection that you never noticed before!
What do people say your biggest strength is?
My organization! Every semester I make a point of noting down all important dates and projects so I can visualize everything I have to do. Making to-do lists and setting notification reminders 2 days in advance also helps me stay organized by keeping track of my schedule!
One thing you’ve learned from working with people?
Communication is key! If you’re confused, ask a question. If you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out. It’s not a weakness to admit you don’t know something, in fact, it can be your greatest strength!