Current students

Tina Afshar

MSc Student

Email: tina.afshar@alumni.ubc.ca

Tina is pursuing an MSc in Population and Public Health at the UBC School of Population and Public Health and holds a BSc in Chemistry, Life Science & Physics, also from UBC. Her research is exploring the relationship between the external (air) and internal (airway) microbiomes in participants with COPD and healthy controls.

Michelle Chen

Undergraduate Student

Michelle is a third year BSc student in the Department of Chemistry at UBC. As part of her participation in UBC’s Research Involvement Fair organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Michelle was connected with PWHS, and, under the supervision of postdoctoral fellow Dr. Sonja Senthanar, she learned how to analyze Statistics Canada survey data to inform a research brief on how immigration status and gender affects workers’ attitudes towards returning to their physical workplace during COVID. Read her work here.

Johannes Rebane

MSc Student

Email: johannes.rebane@ubc.ca

Johannes is pursuing his MSc in Population and Public Health at UBC where he is currently an R. Howard Webster Graduate Fellow. His primary area of interest is psychiatric epidemiology, with an emphasis on workplace mental health. His thesis research focuses on the effect of industry- and firm-level factors on the incidence of mental illness in the workplace and the effect of psychological injury on return-to-work trajectories. Prior to joining the Partnership, Johannes worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, public sector organizations, and non-profits, primarily within the health care and insurance sectors.

Sharon Provost

PhD Student

Email: sharon.provost@alumni.ubc.ca

Sharon is an Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student combining Population and Public Health, Organizational Behaviour/Human Resources, and Nursing to explore factors contributing to sustaining a psychologically safe and healthy work environment for health care workers. With a BSN from UBC, a Masters of Leadership from Royal Roads and a 32 year career in healthcare leadership, scheduling and human resources, Sharon is interested in contributing to research and knowledge that can be applied by healthcare leaders to create and sustain healthier workplaces.

Kimberly Sharpe

PhD Student

Email: kimberly.sharpe@ubc.ca

Kimberly is pursuing her PhD in the UBC School of Population and Public Health. Her dissertation research focuses on regional variation in hospital admissions, surgeries, physician visits, and diagnostic tests in in workers’ compensation systems in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Her research will lead to a better understanding of differences in access to health care and the impact these differences may have on disability duration and return-to-work outcomes. Prior to joining the Partnership, Kimberly worked in injury research and neuroethics. She holds a BA in Anthropology and History and MA in Social Dimensions of Health from the University of Victoria.

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