Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Katerina Rnic

Katerina received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and completed her clinical internship at the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency. Katerina’s research focuses on the relation of cognitive control and cognitive vulnerability with biological, emotional, and cognitive responses to stress in the context of unipolar depression. She is also interested in how cognitive vulnerability, personality, and maladaptive behaviours predispose individuals to generate stress over time, and how this process causes, maintains, or exacerbates depression




Dr. Gabe Zieff

Dr. Gabriel Zieff is a Killam and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his BS in Health and Exercise Sciences from Skidmore College, and both his Master’s in Exercise Physiology and PhD in Human Movement Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gabriel’s research interests encompass the effects of lifestyle factors on cardiometabolic and mental health with an emphasis on the role of psychological stress as a contributing factor to disease states. Gabriel’s work at UBC examines how exercise may help promote healthy regulation of biological stress networks and improve mental health in adults who have experienced early life trauma. Gabriel is co-supervised by Dr. Eli Puterman in the Fitness, Aging, and Stress Lab in the UBC School of Kinesiology.