I am eager to work with graduate and undergraduate students. If you are an A+ student and would like to work on one of the above topics in a fun, interdisciplinary environment, with funding for summer research and conference travel, I welcome hearing from you!

GRADUATE STUDENT APPLICANTS: Do NOT send inquiries about graduate school that you are sending out in bulk to multiple professors, with CV attached. They will not be read, nor responded to, and I don't open attachments from people I don't know. I do not supervise random projects on creativity unless they relate to and build upon my research program, and do not supervise projects that focus the CONTENT of culture; our work on culture focuses on in what sense culture evolves. Graduate student applicants are expected to be familiar with my research program, have read some of our papers, and have ideas about how to build on and contribute to it, as well as relevant expertise. Note that graduate students who work with me are expected to apply for institutional, provincial, and national-level funding that they are eligible for. (This expectation is less applicable for students who are working on a specific project that the lab has funding for). See here for student funding opportunities.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT APPLICANTS: To ensure that I have sufficient time for students, I only accept one honours student per academic year and one directed study student per year. I will consider taking additional undergraduate projects if they are co-supervised by one of my advanced graduate students.    .




Courses I teach more regularly are in bold.

  • PSYO 121: Introduction to Personal Functioning
  • PSYO 317: Psychology of Creativity
  • PSYO 362 (formerly 380A): Psychology of Humour
  • PSYO 380W: Psychology of Language
  • PSYO 380B: Evolution of Human Cognition
  • PSYO 480N / 508A: Advanced Special Topics - Creativity
  • IGS 501A: Theories and Methods in Research on Concepts (Graduate level)
  • IGS 509C: Creativity, Complexity, and Evolution (Graduate level)
  • IGS 559F: Mind and Culture (Graduate level)
  • IGS 620D: Psychology of Creativity (Graduate level)
  • IGS 620M: Advanced Psychology of Creativity (Graduate level)




Undergradiate Students (Partial list)

  • Morgyn Ahlefeld (Honours student, 2019-2020)
  • Daniel Beltran (Honours Student, UBC Vancouver Campus, Graduated 2013)
  • Nicole Carbert (NSERC USRA Student, 2014)
  • Lucius Chia (Honours Student, UBC Vancouver Campus, Graduated 2013)
  • Netra Davar (Research Assistant, 2022-23)
  • Nathan Dhaliwal (Honours Student, UBC Vancouver Campus, Graduated 2013)
  • Jillian Dicker (Directed Study Student, 2009)
  • Mark Eyjolfson (Honours Student, 2006)
  • Celine Formosa (Directed Study Student, 2011)
  • Conner Gibbs (Directed Study Student, 2020)
  • Madeleine Henderson (Honours Student, 2011)
  • Sally Hike (Honours student, 2019-2020)
  • Ashna Jassi (Directed Study Student, Spring 2012)
  • Khushi Jain (Direct Studies Student, 2023)
  • Peyton Lynch (Research Assistant, 2022-23)
  • Alexandra Maland (Directed Studies Student, 2017; NSERC USRA Student, 2018)
  • Emily Mayzes (Research Assistant, 2021-23)
  • Justin Ng (Honours Student, UBC Vancouver Campus, Graduated 2013)
  • Annette Nicoletti-Carriere (Research Assistant, 2021-22)
  • Sean Riley (Directed Study Student, 2010-11)
  • Cosette Robertson (Direct Studies Student and Research Assistant, 2022-23)
  • Adam Saab (Directed Study Student, 2006-07)
  • Jasmine Schwartz (Honours Student, Graduated 2012)
  • Victoria Scotney (NSERC USRA Student, 2017)
  • Tara Scouller (NSERC URA Student, 20009)
  • Phillip Shifflet (NSERC URA Student, 2020)
  • Samantha Thompson (NSERC USRA student, 2016)
  • Simon Tseng (Honours Student, UBC Vancouver Campus, Graduated 2013)
  • Catherine Wang (Honours Student, UBC Vancouver Campus, Graduated 2013)
  • Sara Weaver (Directed Study Student, 2007)
  • Sarah Weissmeyer (Directed Study Student, 2017)
  • Ashley Whidden (Directed Study Student, 2007)
  • Aarohi Yarov (Undergraduate Research Award recipient, Summer 2023)

Graduate Students

  • Iana Bashmakova (Incoming Graduate Student)
  • Kirthana Ganesh (Ph.D. student, 2019 - Present)
  • Yujie Gao (PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2022 - Present)
  • Isabel Gomez (Ph.D. student, 2020 - Present)
  • Murad Mithani (Ph.D. Student; Graduated 2012; Rensselaer Polytechnic University, co-supervised with Jonathan O'Brien)
  • Sophie Morin (Ph.D. Student; Graduated 2016; Polytechnique Montréal, co-supervised with Jean-Marc Robert)
  • Abhishek Rakshit (Current Graduate Student)
  • Apara Ranjan (Ph.D. Student; Graduated 2014; Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)
  • Maryam Saberi (Ph.D. student; Graduated 2016; Simon Fraser University, co-supervised with Steve DiPaola)
  • Peder Sande (M.A. student; Graduated 2017; UBC Vancouver campus, co-supervised with Lara Boyd)
  • Mika Winslow (Ph.D. student, 2021 - Present)
  • Member of M.A. Graduate Supervisory Committee of: Jon Corbett (Graduated 2015), Maxine Crawford (Graduated 2013), Antonio Fadda (Graduated 2017), Luke Kerman (Graduated 2014), Holli-Anne Passmore (Graduated 2015), Freeda Wilson (Graduated 2009)
  • Member of Ph.D. Graduate Supervisory Committee of: Stan Chung (Graduated 2014), Nancy Merrill (Current)

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Christina Bonney (2009)