Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour, PhD, MSc
Dr. Bayrampour is an Assistant Professor in Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice, an associate member in the School of Population and Public Health and a faculty member in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program at UBC.
Dr. Bayrampour’s research interests are in the areas of maternal mental health and substance use and pregnancy outcomes. She is particularly interested in maternal anxiety and its assessment during the perinatal period. She has research expertise in conducting systematic reviews, quantitative and qualitative research, mixed methods studies, and concept and trajectory analysis. Currently, Dr. Bayrampour leads three projects: Pregnancy Specific Anxiety Scale (funded by CIHR), Prenatal cannabis exposure and child outcomes (funded by CIHR), and Birth outcomes associated with Home birth after Cesarean Birth (funded by Stollery award).
Ianna Folkes, BSc
Ianna is a Research Assistant with the Midwifery Program in the Department of Family Practice. She is a Master’s student in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program at UBC. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology and Psychology. Ianna’s research interests focus on the areas of perinatal/postpartum mental health and the impacts of pharmaceutical use during pregnancy. Her overall goal is to increase her knowledge and skills with a focus on maternal mental health and management options, both non-pharmacological and pharmacological.
Aayza Asim, BSc
Aayza is Research Assistant at the Department of Family Practice, Midwifery Program. She graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Aayza’s research interests lie in maternal mental health and the impact of social factors on mental health in marginalized and disadvantaged populations. In September of 2020, Aayza started her Master of Public Health degree at UBC and her goal is to expand her knowledge of factors contributing to poor maternal mental health and increase her commitment to health equity.
Emily is a Research Assistant with the Midwifery Program in the Department of Family Practice. She is in the final year of her bachelor’s degree at UBC, studying both Biology and Psychology. Emily’s research interests lie in the interplay between genetics and mental health, as well as examining environmental factors that predispose individuals to genetic and psychological disorders. After graduation, her goal is to pursue a career in healthcare where she can contribute to ongoing research in these areas of interest.
Past Team Members
Dr. Sukhpreet Tamana, PhD, MSc – Research Associate
Dr. Sukhpreet Tamana joined the PSAS Study Team in 2019 as a Research Associate. Before joining the lab, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of child health and developmental trajectories (mental health, sleep, chronic disease), delivering targeted interventions, and integrated behavioral healthcare. Dr. Tamana is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Mary Bunka, BA – Research Assistant
Mary joined the PSAS Study Team in February 2019 as a Research Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2017, where her undergraduate studies involved research courses in Uganda and Poland. Mary’s research interests lie in mental health in marginalized and understudied populations, maternal mental health, and patient-centred public health initiatives. In September of 2020, Mary joined UBC’s School of Population and Public Health as a Research Assistant with the Pharmacogenetics for Depression project.