Meet Our Team


Principal Investigator

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).

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Research Associate

Dr. Sukhpreet Tamana, PhD, MSc

Dr. Sukhpreet Tamana is a Research Associate in the Department of Family Practice – Midwifery Program at UBC. She conducts clinical diagnostic assessments for the Prenatal Stress Anxiety Study (PSAS) (funded by CIHR). She received her psychology degree from the University of Alberta and is a registered provisional psychologist in Alberta. She went on to complete her postdoctoral training with the Canadian Healthy Infant Development (CHILD) study under the mentorship of Dr. Piush Mandhane and Dr. Bruce Dick. She has research expertise in mental health, sleep, epidemiology, and longitudinal trajectory analysis. She is particularly interested in how maternal depression and anxiety influences child health outcomes (behavior, sleep, executive functions, chronic disease). Her research interests also includes studying predictors of treatment outcomes after intervention and developing cognitive behavioral interventions.

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Research Assistants

Mary Bunka, BA

Mary is a Research Assistant with the Midwifery Program in the Department of Family Practice. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, majoring in psychology. Mary’s undergraduate studies took her to Uganda and to Poland, where she engaged in quantitative and qualitative research and refined her research interests, which include health care in marginalized populations, maternal mental health, and overcoming stigma, shame, and trauma. Mary is currently involved in the administration of Dr. Bayrampour’s three projects: The Pregnancy Specific Anxiety Scale (funded by CIHR), Prenatal Cannabis Exposure and Child Outcomes (funded by CIHR), and the Home Birth After Caesarean Birth Project (funded by the Stollery Award).

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Ianna Folkes, BSc

Ianna is a Research Assistant with the Midwifery Program in the Department of Family Practice. She is a recent graduate of 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.

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