Graduate Students

Alison Tracy

Ali received her B.A. (Hon’s) in Psychology in 2016 from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and is now a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UBC. The overarching goal of her research is to better understand resiliency factors related to Major Depressive Disorder in order to inform intervention. She is currently examining the role of emotion regulation strategies in psychological and biological responses to stress in participants with MDD. Contact:


Ellen Jopling

Ellen is originally from Vancouver, and completed her BA (Honours) in Psychology and Philosophy at Queen’s University. Her program of research focuses on the integration of affective, cognitive, and biological measures to promote a greater understanding the link between stress and depression. Contact:


Bita Zareian

Bita received her Pharm.D degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2014 and her B.A in psychology from UBC in 2018. She is now a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UBC and is working with Dr. Joelle LeMoult in Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Lab, and with Dr. Frances Chen in Social Health Lab. She is interested in investigating the role of cognitive, social and biological factors in development and maintenance of depressive disorders. She is specifically interested in the role of reward processing, stress, and sex hormones in development of anhedonia and other depressive symptoms in adolescents and young adults. Contact:


Ashley Battaglini

Ashley received her B.Sc. (Honours) Specializing in Psychology at the University of Toronto and is now a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UBC. Her research seeks to investigate how individual differences influence cognitions and emotion regulation during stress and its relationship with anxiety and depression. She is currently examining this in participants with co-morbid Social Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Contact:


Bronwen Grocott

Bronwen received a B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She is presently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC. Her research interests are in the social, cognitive, and biological mechanisms underlying the relationship between different types of stress and depression. She is particularly interested in how early life adversity fosters vulnerability for depression, in part by impacting responses to social stress and social cognition. Contact: