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MEET THE TEAM
Lab Members

LAB MEMBERS

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DR. FARHAD DASTUR

Principal Investigator

Dr. Dastur is the Director of KPU’s Virtual Reality Lab and a faculty member in the Psychology Dept. He is interested in using extended reality technologies to better understand persistent problems in psychology and to explore new frontiers in the human mind.

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JASMINE CHEN, B.Sc. (HONS.)

Lab Manager

Jasmine has earned an honours degree in Health Sciences from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2020. She is passionate in public health research. She is interested in researching and exploring more applications of virtual reality targeting nutritional health and general public health with the hope to integrate them into various public settings to promote health and well-being.

 

In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling around the world, and playing badminton.

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DAVID MURRAY, BA

Research Assistant | Graphic Designer

David graduated from KPU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Minor in Counselling. His research interests in the VR Lab involve applications of virtual reality related to disgust sensitivity. Aside from research David is also the VR Lab’s resident graphic designer.

 

For fun, David enjoys distance running, going to the gym and cooking savoury food.

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JOSEPHINE STEEVES

Research Assistant | XR Podcast Producer & Host

Josephine is a fourth year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. Her research interests include the psychology of design, aesthetics, cognition, and communication. She believes that we live in a world that we have designed for ourselves. So, with technology rapidly advancing we should strive to use this technology to design our environments to cater to our cognitive needs, along with our physical needs. She is curious to see how VR/AR can be used to facilitate these advances. She also works as a research assistant for Dr. Levente Orban on mental health projects, for Dr. Chartier at the CONEC lab in Ottawa, and for Dr. Tarry researching the impact of Covid-19 on education. 

 

In what little free time she has, Josephine can be found at band practice playing the drums, working in her garden, writing screen plays for her amateur film making career, and playing dungeons and dragons with her friends.

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Lucy Li

Research Assistant

Bio coming soon...

 

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Paneet Gill

Research Assistant

Bio coming soon...

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Tammy Nguyen

Research Assistant

Bio coming soon...

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Harshmita Chauhan

Research Assistant

Bio coming soon...

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SIMI DHALIWAL

Technology Development and Marketing Manager

Simi is a Bachelor of Science student majoring in Psychology. Her research would focus on helping to expand virtual reality in education. She also works for course analytics and mental health projects along with Dr. Levente Orban.

Simi enjoys going on coffee dates with her friends in old-school cafés, hiking the Grouse Grind, running the Crescent beach stretch, reading murder mystery novels, and listening to Amrinder Gill and Dua Lipa.

PREVIOUS LAB MEMBERS

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Omar Jessa

Former Research Assistant

2020

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Zerlinda Chau

Former Assistant Lab Manager

2022

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Yu-Hsin (Sophy) Lin

Former Research Assistant

2022

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Tina Charmchi

Former Education and Outreach Coordinator & Web Administrator

2020

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Kayla Garvin

Former Research Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

2022

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Andrei Bunici

Former Research Assistant & XR Podcast Co-Host and Editor

2022

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Kiran Dogra

Former Lab Manager

2022

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Calvin Campbell

Former Research Assistant & XR Podcast Outreach

2022

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Mia Mascarina

Former Research Assistant

2022

Lab Collaborators

LAB COLLABORATORS

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DR. KAREN DAVISON

Lab Collaborator

Dr. Karen Davison is an award-winning scholar who is currently the Researcher at University of Toronto. Her investigative interests are aimed at food and nutrition practices, interventions, and policies that will foster the generational transmission of physical, mental, and cognitive health in diverse populations. She is currently an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and Academic Editor for PLoS One. She has been awarded Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) fellowships, the Dietitians of Canada Peer Recognition Award, and Popular Science’s Magazine Clinical Leader Recognition Award. She is the first Canadian registered dietitian to be a recipient of a Fulbright Canada Research Chair award, to be inducted as New Scholar to the Royal Society of Canada (2019-2026), and to be a Fellow of the North American Primary Care Research Group. She has co-authored more than 100 scientific and professional publications that have been featured on the cover of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and across more than 50 international media outlets including ABC, CTV, and MSN News. Her research has been supported by the Tri-Council Agencies, National Research Council, and Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Recently, she was grateful to receive a Canada Research Chair and is looking forward to conducting research examining the determinants of health and their association with physical, mental, and cognitive conditions.

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ERIC MAH

Lab Collaborator

Bio coming soon!

Interested in joining the VR Lab to pursue additional research opportunities?

Consider the following:

  • I have a foundational understanding of research methods and statistics (i.e., PSYC 2300, PSYC 2400)​

  • I have completed the TCPS Tutorial on Research Ethics 

  • I am dedicated and willing to commit a few hours per week on any current projects in the lab

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