Lab Members


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; has ramped up to serve about 15,000 meals per year.


Twitter: @theloctor



Elena Ivanova, PhD

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow

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 Diabetes Prevention Research Group 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.



Twitter: @LyonElena


Corliss Bean, PhD

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow

Corliss completed her PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Corliss’ main research interests are surrounding the development and evaluation of community-based programs, particularly related to sport, exercise and physical activity. Corliss is heavily involved in research within the community and has worked with organizations at the local and national levels to develop curriculum and evaluate programs.

Her current research in the Diabetes Research Prevention Group involves understanding women’s experiences throughout their participation in a community-based lifestyle counseling program for individuals who are living with prediabetes.


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Twitter: @corliss_bean


Matthew Stork, PhD

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow

Matt completed his PhD in Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan. While Matt’s research has ranged from investigating first year university students to individuals living with a spinal cord injury, the main focus of his work to date has been to examine the psychological and behavioural implications of engaging in high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Matt has a particular interest in studying largely inactive populations, with an emphasis on determining ways to promote and maximize long-term exercise adherence. As such, Matt has also studied the effects of music as a way of enhancing people’s psychological and physiological responses to exercise and subsequently encouraging future exercise participation.

Matt’s current research in the Diabetes Prevention Research Group is focused on using his lab-based expertise towards developing and delivering exercise programs in real-world setting such as the workplace.

Fun Fact: Matt previously worked 4 years as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and 3 years as a Sport Medicine Student Therapist for varsity sports teams at McMaster University.


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Twitter: @mattJstork


Alissa Smith – Research Coordinator

Alissa completed her BA Psychology degree at UBC Okanagan. Throughout her undergraduate degree she worked in the DPRG on various projects pursuing her interest for Health Psychology. She aspires to pursue Clinical Health Psychology to further this passion. Alissa currently coordinates the DPRG and Small Steps for Big Changes program. Outside of the lab, she loves to explore the outdoors, experiment with healthy cooking/baking, and spend quality time with family and friends!




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.



Tineke Dineen, MSc, PhD Candidate

Tineke completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph before pursuing a Master of Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.  Her main research interests revolve around adherence and maintenance to physical activity programs for individuals with diabetes. This led her to completing an internship at the University of Calgary and she enjoyed it so much she stayed for another 2 years, working with Dr. Ron Sigal at the Clinical Trials Unit as a kinesiologist and research coordinator for an exercise study for individuals with type two diabetes.

Tineke has now joined the DPRG and is excited to contribute her knowledge and experiences as a research coordinator to this group! She is also eager to help out with the Small Steps for Big Changes Program!

When not in the lab Tineke enjoys making the most of living in the beautiful Okanagan valley and can be found on her bike exploring the landscape, hiking the nearby trails or skiing at Big White!




Megan MacPherson- MSc (OT), PhD Candidate

Megan completed her Bachelors Degree in Honour’s Psychology at UBC followed by her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. Megan’s research interests center around the impact of smartphones, mHealth apps and other technologies have on individual’s activity level and health behaviours.

Megan’s work in the DPRG focuses on the investigation and optimization of technology-related physical activity interventions. The overarching goal of Megan’s work is to determine how to best utilize technologies to positively impact physical activity and health behaviours in a variety of populations.

In her down time, Megan enjoys reading, exercising and relaxing with her partner.



Kaela Cranston, Master Student

Kaela graduated with her BSc Honours degree in Psychology from Brandon University, where she played five years of basketball. She decided to leave the prairies to pursue her Master’s with Dr. Mary Jung, and will be doing research in the Small Steps for Big Changes project. In her free time, Kaela enjoys being active outdoors, exploring new places and adventures in BC, and spending time with family and friends.



Alysson Hamilton, Medical Student

Alysson is a first year Medical Student in the Southern Medical Program. She did undergraduate courses in Biology most recently at Lakehead University while competing on the National Cross Country Ski Team. She is passionate about using lifestyle changes to improve health and is excited to be involved in the Small Steps for Big Changes Program.