Our Team

Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, PhD, RPsych

Director, Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab
Clinical Associate 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 a Clinical Associate Professor 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.

Please click here to view Dr. Fairbrother’s CV (updated Dec 2019).

There are currently no graduate students in the UBC PAR Lab

If you are interested in working with us, please contact us at par.lab@ubc.ca.

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).

Peter Socha

Peter started in the PAR lab as a Work Study student in 2017. Since receiving his BSc from UVic, he has stayed on as a research assistant and is currently involved with multiple projects. For website-related questions, please email psocha@uvic.ca

Emily Friedrich

Emily is a third-year medical student at the University of British Columbia. She has a long-standing interest in perinatal health and has been involved with the perinatal anxiety lab since the fall of 2019, where her main focus is the Fear of Childbirth Study. In her free time outside of school and research, Emily is the president of the Northern BC chapter of the Women’s Health Initiative and the Medical Students for Choice groups, both of which are advocacy organizations for health and reproductive rights of people with a uterus. She hopes to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a special interest in the management of pregnancies complicated by chronic health conditions (physical or psychological). Emily is thrilled to be a part of the team!


If you are interested in working with us, please contact us at par.lab@ubc.ca.