Congratulations to the IMH Marshall Scholarship and Fellowship Awardees

Dear Colleagues,

The selection process for the inaugural IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health has been completed, and I am delighted to announce the successful Scholars and Fellows whose proposals were selected from a robust and competitive pool of applications.   Please join me in warmly congratulating the following fifteen Scholarship and five Fellowship awardees, listed in alphabetical order:


IMH Marshall Fellowship Awardees & Research Titles

Mr. Travis Ellington Hodges, Neural Mechanisms Underlying Sex Differences in Depression and Negative Cognitive Bias in Susceptible Populations

Ms. Emma Morton, Advancing the Science on Quality of Life in Mood Disorders: A Synergistic, Multi- Method Program of Research

Ms. Katerina Rnic, A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial of Cognitive Control Training for Major Depressive Disorder

Ms. Gayatri Saraf, Assessing Brain Synaptic Density in Bipolar Disorder: A Positron Emission Tomography study with 11C-UCB-J

Ms. Melissa Woodward, The Age of Fentanyl – Overdose, Hypoxia and Microvascular Damage


IMH Marshall Scholarship Awardees & Research Titles

Ms. Ariana Cahn, Quantification of Volumetric Brain Changes in Bipolar Disorder Patients following First Episode Mania: A Prospective Study

Ms. Rand Eid, Microglia as Targets of Estradiol-Mediated Stress Resilience

Mr. Tony Fong, High Throughput Platform to Assess and Manipulate Cortical Circuits in Mouse Models of Depression

Mr. Tristan Hynes, Toward a Precision Treatment for Addiction: Focus on Dopamine Circuits and Sex

Ms. Bonnie Lee, The Impact of Motherhood and APOE Genotype on the Aging Brain

Ms. Daphne Ling, The Neural Basis of Low-Dose versus Normal-Dose Psychostimulants on Executive Functions in Youth with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Ms. Melanie Lysenko-Martin, Neural and Behavioral Substrates of THC-Induced Impairments in Decision Making

Ms. Rae Morris, Mental Health Service Provision with Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Interpretive Description Study

Ms. Maya Nesbit, Preclinical Study of d-govadine and its Effects on Corticostriatal Mechanisms of Amphetamine Addiction

Mr. Matthew Noseworthy, Comparing the Cognitive Effects of Outdoor Versus Indoor Walking among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Ms. Rachal Pattison, Examining Mental Health Differences Among Transgender and Gender Non- Conforming Youth: A Mixed Method Approach

Mr. Tristan Joshua Philippe, Sex Differences in Stress Habituation and Serotonin 1A Receptor Function

Ms. Wansu Qiu, Effects of Maternal Postpartum Corticosterone and SSRI Exposure on Cytokine Profile and Microbiome in Dams and Offspring

Mr. Jacob Stubbs, Characterizing the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on the Mental Health and Brain Structure of Homeless and marginally House Individuals in a Community-Based Study

Mr. Boaz Saffer, Identifying the Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Suicidal Behaviors in Emerging Adults

In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing further news and updates on each of the awardees and their respective research projects.

It is with great excitement that the UBC Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Mental Health welcomes the inaugural cohort of Marshall Scholars and Fellows to our Mental Health research community. We are confident that each will gain an outstanding translational research experience that will not only advance their learning, but also shape their future pursuits and support them in reaching their highest potential.




Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC