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Our Team


Professor Michael Krausz, MD PhD FRCPC

Providence Health Care (PHC)/UBC Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) B.C. Leadership Chair in Addiction Research


Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Cross appointment, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
Founding Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Senior Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHOES)
Co-Research Director and Medical Education Lead, Department of Psychiatry, PCH


Fiona Choi, PhD

Research Associate

Fiona received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia with a focus on preclinical models of addiction. She currently holds the HSBC Fellowship in Addiction Research exploring factors associated with substance use disorders, trauma and related psychopathology. She is also involved in the development of an integrated mental health web platform for vulnerable youth, utilizing e-health tools to strengthen mental well-being.


Hasti Fadakar, BSc 

Research Coordinator

Hasti received a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia. She is involved in fentanyl projects and is interested in investigating factors contributing to mental health, such as childhood trauma and substance use.


Marisha Boyd

Communications & Events Coordinator

Marisha is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Behavioural Neuroscience with a minor in Health & Society. She is interested in how neuroscience, technology and policy can intersect to improve human and planetary health. She is eager to contribute to making e-health tools that are impactful and accessible to everyone.


Alireza Kazemi, MD 

Data Scientist


Dr. Mohammad Nikoo, MD

PhD Student in Experimental Medicine and Psychiatry Resident

Mohammadali Nikoo is a medical graduate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and he is currently a graduate student in psychiatry field supervised by professor Michael Krausz. His thesis is a clinical trial comparing opium tincture and methadone for maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder. His main research interests are public health, vulnerable populations, substance use and concurrent disorders, children and adolescent psychiatry and traumatic brain injury and his passion is to improve the health and well being of the society as a whole with special focus on more vulnerable populations.

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Andy Tai, BsC

PhD Student in Neuroscience at UBC


Jane Kim, BSc

MSc student in Experimental Medicine


Farhud Shams

BSc in Engineering 

MSc Student in Experimental Medicine at UBC


Katsy Concepcion

BSc Integrated Science, Minor in Health and Society Student at UBC

Work Learn Student | Research Project Assistant

Katsy is a 4th year Integrated Sciences student studying Neuroscience and Physiology while minoring in Health and Society. She is interested in how neuroscience and policy can be utilized to reduce disparities within healthcare systems. Katsy hopes to continue in her passion for health equity, advocacy, and youth empowerment to create tangible change within vulnerable communities.


Tam To

BA Psychology, Minor in Commerce Student at UBC

Work Learn Student | Events, Media & Communications Assistant

Tam is a 4th-year Arts undergraduate student with a major in Psychology and a minor in Commerce.

Past Team members


Kimia Ziafat 

BSc student in Biology at UBC

MSc Student in Population and Public Health at University of British Columbia

Minoring in Asian Studies 

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Janet Suen, BSc (Hons) 

Staff Memeber

Janet completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2017.  Through her studies, work, and volunteer activities, Janet has cultivated a passion for promoting mental wellness within underserved communities and vulnerable populations. She is interested in a wide-range of topics including trauma, self-compassion, social support, and substance use in the context of mental health and illness. Janet hopes to contribute to the growing field of e-health to reduce barriers in accessing mental health supports for all individuals.


Mostafa Kamel 

PhD Graduate

Master degree in Neuro psychiatry.

Assistant lecturer of psychiatry at Tanta University.


Desiree Chek-Harder

BA student in English Literature and Language at UBC

MM student at the UBC Sauder School of Business

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James Wong

BSc in Biology & Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC

MSc in Experimental Medicine at UBC

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