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).

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.

Salina Kung

Meet Salina Kung, a second year UBC Medical Student and Research Assistant with the UBC PAR Lab. Her research interests are in improving maternity care and services for mothers. She is also actively involved in aquatics and student initiatives that advocate for the well-being of children, families, and older adults.

Rose Cameron

Rose Cameron is a second year UBC Medical Student at the Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC. She has worked with the PAR Lab since Spring 2020, contributing to projects on Fear of Childbirth, Mother’s Thoughts of Harm, and Perinatal Anxiety Screening Study. In her spare time, Rose bakes bread at least once a week and enjoys reading by the fire. 

Janae Vlaar

Janae Vlaar is a first year UBC Medical Student at the Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC. She is a research assistant and FLEX Student with the PAR Lab working on the Perinatal Anxiety Screening Study. Her research interests are in perinatal and pediatric health. Janae enjoys road and mountain biking, eating ice cream, and playing with her cat.

Cora Keeney

Meet Cora, our Lab Manager! Cora has a background in Health Psychology and before joining the PAR Lab, she worked in various research roles. From these, she gained experience in topics ranging from public health to positive psychology. When not at work, Cora volunteers for organizations around Vancouver and enjoys snowboarding and hiking.

Devan Tchir

Meet Devan Tchir, a Research Assistant with the UBC PAR Lab. Devan has a background in neuroscience and public health. His previous publications have spanned from the cellular to population health level, and has a new found passion for perinatal mental health. When not working at his computer, you can find him on the tennis court or hiking the beautiful Vancouver Island wilderness.

Simran Grewal

Meet Simran Grewal, a Research Assistant with the UBC PAR Lab since Fall 2020. She has a background in Organic Chemistry and Physiology, with research interests in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. She strives to learn more about the maternal-fetal systems with an integration of mental health and anxiety. She has worked on the Perinatal Anxiety Disorders Screening Study. When not working, you can find Simran playing the piano or badminton.

Rachel Martin

Meet Rachel Martin, who joined the PAR Lab as a Research Assistant in April 2020. Rachel is interested in research focusing on the transition to parenthood, and specifically how mood disorders, such as perinatal anxiety, relate to postpartum caregiving behaviour and parent-infant bonding. Rachel led the authorship of a chapter on postpartum, unwanted, intrusive thoughts of infant harm with Dr. Fairbrother and is also leading projects on fear of childbirth and postpartum OCD. When not doing this exciting work, Rachel likes to go to Zumba classes and travel around Spain!

Nichole Neufeld

Meet Nicole Neufeld, a recent honours graduate from the psychology program at UVic. Nicole started in the lab in the Fall of 2019, and is currently working on recruitment for the Thoughts of Harm extension study. Her research interests include the neuropsychology of executive function and dysfunction in the context of pregnancy and parenting. Ideally, she hopes her research will contribute to the creation of new programs and/or screening measures with the overall goal of improving the everyday functioning of parents with mental health difficulties. Outside of the lab, Nicole enjoys playing board games, reading, and sewing.

Alexandra Merletti

Alexandra Merletti has been a Research Assistant at the PAR Lab since December 2019. Previously, she has worked on recruitment for both the Thoughts of Harm and the Perinatal Anxiety Disorders Screening Study. Her research interests are primarily concerned with making mental health care for pregnant and postpartum people accessible via her work in the lab. Outside of the PAR Lab, you can find Alexandra hiking or reading.

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