Sean Locke, PhD
Canadian Diabetes Association Post-Doctoral Fellow
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow
Sean completed his doctorate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Here at UBC – Okanagan Campus, his main role is to coordinate a community-based initiative to help individuals diagnosed with prediabetes make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes.
Sean’s independent research program has explored the unhelpful thoughts that we have when deciding to exercise. For example, sometimes we feel too busy, and automatically think, “GAH! There’s just not enough time in the week to exercise!!” This thought has truth to it – you are busy – but you may have automatically jumped to the conclusion without considering the whole situation. Maybe you are busy, but not as busy at you feel? Maybe you are really busy, but could still find 20 minutes here or there? The point is, did you really think through the decision? Sean continues to explore how these exercise-related cognitive errors cause us to disengage from exercise.
Fun fact 1: Sean’s favourite painting is Salvador Dali’s, The Persistence of Memory.
Fun Fact 2: In 2010, Sean helped to create and coordinate a meals program in Windsor, Ontario to bring food to those struggling with food insecurity and poverty. Thanks to numerous volunteers, the program (now called Feeding Windsor; http://www.feedingwindsor.ca) has ramped up to serve about 15,000 meals per year.
Elena Ivanova, PhD
Elena completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Elena’s main research interests are to integrate cognitive-behavioral techniques into exercise interventions with the goal to increase the physical activity levels of low active but otherwise healthy adults and clinical populations.
Her research work in the Health and Exercise Psychology Lab is to optimize the delivery of a community-based exercise intervention that aims to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for adults in the community.
Elena enjoys traveling to new places, relaxing with friends, and trail running.
Jessica Bourne – Research Coordinator
Lover of all things British, Ms. Bourne takes care of us all in the laboratory and maximizes productivity like nobody’s business. Since joining the team in April 2012, she has single-handedly whipped us all into shape whilst teaching us the true meaning of Guy Faulkes “celebration”. Jess combines her incredible (slightly obsessive) need for organization and tidiness with a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Psychology earned from UBC Vancouver to superwomanly conquer all research challenges.
Katie Weatherson- MSc Candidate
During her undergraduate degree studying Human Kinetics, Katie was exposed to the magical world of research while working in Dr. Jung’s Health & Exercise Psychology Lab. She soon decided that furthering her studies would help her expand on her research experience and explore her passion for health promotion. She plans to focus her Masters research on the area of program evaluation and children’s physical activity. In her spare time, Katie de-stresses by cooking for friends and family and going for hikes with her husband.
Rebecca Lee – Masters Candidate
Rebecca completed her BSc in Life Sciences and Mathematics at Queen’s University before moving to UBC Okanagan to pursue graduate studies. Her research is motivated by her interest in examining less invasive methods of health maintenance such as healthy eating and physical activities. Outside of the lab, Rebecca spends her time trying vegan recipes and acting as a residence advisor.
Jodi Langley – Masters Candidate
Jodi enjoys taking risks, whether it be swimming with sharks, or jumping off a cliff, she loves to keep her family and friends on their toes! Jodi is a recent graduate of the kinesiology program at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She is now completing her Master’s with both Dr. Mary Jung and Dr. Jonathon Little in the Small Steps for Big Change community project. As a retired track and field athlete Jodi is now exploring new forms of physical activity for herself and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities Kelowna has to offer. Jodi has volunteered with many physical activity programs at Acadia University and is looking forward to using her experience to help implement physical activity programs into the City of Kelowna.