Lab Members

Lab Director

Anita DeLongis, PhD

Professor and Associate Head, Graduate Affairs

Department of Psychology

University of British Columbia

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Anita DeLongis received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley under the research supervision of Richard S. Lazarus. She completed a clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine through the University of California at San Francisco Family and Community Medicine Program under the direction of Donald C. Ransom. She then completed a National Institute of Mental Health funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan under the supervision of Ronald C. Kessler. She joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia in 1988 and coordinates the program in health psychology, where she is also a faculty associate in UBC Faculty of Medicine’s International Consortium on Repair Discoveries.

She has served on the editorial boards of Health Psychology, Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, Journal of Personality, Personality and Social Psychology Review, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Canadian Psychology, andApplied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. She is a member elect of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and is a council member for the Western Psychological Association. DeLongis has over a hundred publications, and is a recipient of the UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize. Her work has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, British Columbia Paraplegic Society, Rick Hanson Man in Motion Research Fund, BC Environment and Occupational Health Research Network, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and the UBC Hampton Fund. Her work examines the interplay of stress and social relationships.


Graduate Students

Drake Levere

Drake is a PhD student in the Health Psychology program. Drake completed his undergraduate degree (BA Hons) at the University of Ottawa in 2015. His master’s thesis work assessed the relationship between perceived stress, rumination, and post-traumatic stress symptomatology in a sample of paramedics. His interests focus on dyadic coping and support within romantic relationships. Drake’s current project focuses on spousal support in relationships where a family member is chronically ill.


Jason Zheng

Jason is a PhD student in the Health Psychology program. Jason is working on using multilevel modelling to analyze intensive longitudinal data from Spinal Cord Injury patients. He is also conducting research on the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Jason is examining how social stressors impacted distress trajectories over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Talia Morstead

Talia is a MA student in the Health Psychology program. She completed her BA in psychology at UBC during which time she helped launch both the UBC Genetic Connections Study and the Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic Study under the supervision of Dr. Anita DeLongis. Broadly, Talia is interested in how stress and coping processes unfold over time and how these processes contribute to physiological and psychological health outcomes. She is currently examining interactions between psychosocial variables using longitudinal data collected over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Research Assistants


Lab Alumni

If you are an alum of the Centre for Health and Coping Studies, we would love to know what you’re up to now! Let us know!

Jessie Dezutter
Georgia Pomaki
Susan Holtzman
Eli Puterman
David King
Lynne Robinson
Mark Lam
Ellen Stephenson
Dayna Lee-Baggley
Jaimie Veale
Sarah Newth
Amy Zwicker
Teresa Byrd O’Brien