Meet the Minds at
Precision Mental Health

Our transdisciplinary team of scientists, researchers, designers, writers, administrators, and managers is committed to transforming the future of mental health through scientific excellence, human-centered technologies and systems, and innovative strategic design. At our core is a dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion — from how we design and undertake our research, to how we build our team.

Our Mission

Our mission is to apply a stakeholder-informed, evidence-based, data-driven, and tech-enabled approach to identifying and supporting the mental health of individuals across the course of life in Canada and globally. We seek to identify how innovative technological approaches can be leveraged to support wellbeing, social connectedness, and improve mental health.

Dr. Theodore Cosco

Theodore D. Cosco, PhD CPsychol

Director

As Director and Principal Investigator of the Precision Mental Health Lab, I provide strategic direction and operational oversight. I am passionate about mental health research, technology development, and democratization. Using a transdisciplinary approach implementing both qualitative and quantitative methods, I'm interested in developing strategies for how we can be happier and healthier for longer. For my contributions to the field, I received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, the Stan Maes Early Career Award from the European Health Psychology Society, as well as the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s Recognition Award for Excellence in Longitudinal Research and New Investigator Award. When I'm not pacing around my office drinking coffee, you’ll find me chasing salmonids with a fly rod or cooking over an open fire. 

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Indira Riadi, BSc

PhD Student

I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in the department of Gerontology at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Cosco. My research is funded by Mental Health Research Canada and Mitacs, and it focuses on community-based digital mental health interventions/services for the diverse older adult population in Vancouver. I have worked with a local seniors’ centre, West End Seniors’ Network, for the past two years to learn about the lived experiences of members of my community and factors that impact their mental wellbeing. Outside of SFU, I am also a research assistant for the Long Term Care/Assisted Living research unit at Fraser Health Authority.

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Lucy Kervin, BA 

PhD Student

I am a doctoral trainee working under the supervision of Dr. Cosco in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. My research focuses on health inequity and barriers and facilitators of health and social care access and systems navigation experienced by older adults with limited access to informal/family-based care support. My professional background is in direct care provision in the community, mental health crisis and recovery support, and long-term care settings. My objective is to actively engage with community members and care service providers throughout the course of my doctoral work to ensure that the recommendations developed from my findings are actionable and grounded in the lived experience of older adults and the organizations seeking to serve them.

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Shawna Hopper, MSc

PhD Student

An incoming PhD Student in the department of Gerontology under the supervision of Dr. Cosco, my primary research interests focus on aging, mental health, and cognition. My doctoral work, funded by a SSHRC CGS-D, aims to examine social isolation among older adults, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also a Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making Fellow and hope to continue to refine my quantitative statistics skills.

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Andrea Wadman, BA

MA Student

A first-year MA student under the supervision of Dr. Cosco, my research interests include social prescribing and how it can benefit older adults from marginalized communities, and how creativity and fibre arts enhance health and well-being in older age. I currently volunteer at the Jewish Seniors’ Alliance as a tech volunteer helping older adults learn to use tablets. I have worked in social services as a volunteer coordinator and founded and ran a tea shop in Vancouver. When I’m not studying, you can find me walking my two dogs in the forest or knitting.

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Sandeep Dhillon, MA

Research Assistant

I am a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. My research focuses on the mental health of older immigrant South Asian women by using a community-based participatory research approach. I also work as a research assistant for Dr. Cosco to investigate the mental health needs and technological interventions for social connectedness amongst older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ryan Churchill, MA

Research Assistant

I am a recent graduate of the Masters in Gerontology program at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Cosco. My project involved conducting a systematic review on the effect of exercise on psychological stress in adults over the age of 50. I am also currently working on a pedagogy project with Dr. Cosco looking at the impacts of the hybrid learning model on undergraduate students' learning efficacy.

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John R. Best, PhD

University Research Associate

I am a University Research Associate, and my research explores the interconnections among health behavior, mental health and neurocognition across the lifespan. I also have a keen interest in biostatistics and longitudinal data analysis, and provide support on study design and analysis for various members of the Precision Mental Health team.

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Susan Lowe

Community Engagement Manager

As Community Engagement Manager, I bring together project stakeholders to build productive relationships. I engage and liaise with project partners and recruit participants for projects. Also, I developed and coordinate a Research Advisory Panel (RAP) of older adults that guides PMH research. I aim to use effective stakeholder relations and active community engagement to enhance older adults’ mental health. Outside of PMH, I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast - often swimming or out on my bike.

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Morgan Jacko

EDI Officer

In my role as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office, I work alongside Susan (Community Engagement Manager) on community engagement as well as with Dr. Cosco (Principal Investigator) to ensure that the Precision Mental Health Lab adheres to and champions principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Jesse A. Waldin

Knowledge Translation Officer

The Knowledge Translation Office for PMH, I translate/mobilize the research of PMH so that it can be used and actioned by the people who need it. Outside of PMH, I work as a professional writer and novelist. I’m passionate about pathways to positive mental wellness, and I write novels and stories that often have a mental wellness theme. When not working with PMH or writing, you’ll find me on a sailboat heading out to bluewater, sailing as fast as possible.

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Hilary Hatt

Art Director and Graphic Designer

At the Precision Mental Health Lab, I lead the graphic design, branding, and front end development. I am a driven Art Director and Graphic Designer with a unique background in business and design. My background provides a strong foundation for running projects and shapes my design philosophy of equal parts beauty and strategy.

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Owen Dukay

Finance Officer

I am the Finance Officer at the Precision Mental Health Lab, where I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the financial side of our ongoing grants.