Our Team

Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, PhD, RPsych

Director, Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC

Nichole Fairbrother is the director of the Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2002. She subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in women’s reproductive health through the Child and Family Research Institute and the UBC Department of Health Care and Epidemiology. Dr. Fairbrother is currently an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry, and a member of the Women’s Health Research Institute at B.C. Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Fairbrother’s research is in the area of reproductive mental health with a focus on anxiety disorders that affect pregnant and postpartum women. Her research projects include a study of maternal thoughts of harm related to the newborn, a theoretical model of postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder, a pilot study of the prevalence of anxiety disorders among pregnant and postpartum women, and several surveys of reproductive-aged women’s knowledge and attitudes pertaining to reproduction, childbirth and infant feeding.

Graduate Students

 

Debra Torok

Debra is a master’s student in the Clinical Psychology Lifepsan Program at the University of Victoria. She is interested in studying how previous traumatic experiences influence couple adjustment and sexual functioning as they transition into parenthood.

Research Assistants

 

Fanie Collardeau, MSc

Fanie coordinates multiple projects in the lab. She joined the lab as an interviewer on the New Mothers’ Thoughts of Harm Study and has been working for the Perinatal Anxiety Lab for approximately four years. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Dr. Woodin. Her own research explores how the expression and emotion regulation of shame differs across cultural contexts.

 

Tobi Reid

Tobi is a third year UBC Midwifery student. She first became involved with the PAR Lab through the Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (SSRP), where she assisted with the New Mothers’ Thoughts of Harmand Midwife-Assisted, Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Fear of Childbirth studies. Using data from the Childbirth Fear Questionnaire diagnostic study, Tobi is currently writing her third year midwifery research paper on the links between pregnant individuals’ experiences of trauma, abuse, and violence and their preferred choice of perinatal care provider (family physician, obstetrician, or midwife).

 

Rebecca Louw – Work Study

I am an honours biopsychology student at the University of Victoria in the last year of my degree. My previous research experience includes emotional processing in autism spectrum disorder, expert visual processing in medical professionals, the underlying neural processing of familiar faces, and pain perception and the placebo effect.

 

 

Cassandra Turner – Work Study

Cassandra is an undergraduate honours psychology student at the University of Victoria in the fifth and final year of her degree. She hopes to go on to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. She has previous experience from both the Risky Behaviour Lab at UVIC as well as the Child Development Lab. She is interested in anxiety, its comorbid conditions, and developmental trajectories. She loves the outdoors, cats, and working with children.

 

 

Peter Socha

Peter started in the lab as a Work Study student in 2017. Since then he has continued his involvement with multiple projects and is primarily focused on the New Mothers’ Thoughts of Harm study. He also coordinates the lab finances.