2020 Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health Recipients

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is very pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2020 Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health. This competition was funded thanks to the dedicated support of the BC Women’s Health Foundation.

In 2020, the WHRI offered the Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health to create a funding opportunity specific to our outstanding trainee community. This award is intended to provide salary support to WHRI-affiliated graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in women’s and/or newborn health research under the mentorship of a WHRI member.

This year, the WHRI awarded one postdoctoral fellowship award and one graduate award, valued at $12,500 each, for a one-year period.


Dr. Katerina Rnic, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC Department of Psychology

Project Supervisor:
Dr. Joelle LeMoult, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Psychology

Project Title:
A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Cognitive Control Intervention for Women with Major Depressive Disorder

Project Aims: To conduct an randomized controlled trial to test a novel cognitive control intervention in a sample of women with Major Depressive Disorder and to examine treatment efficacy and mediators of treatment outcomes.

Katerina Rnic

Dr. Ismalia De Sousa, Graduate Student, UBC School of Nursing

Project Supervisor:
Dr. Thalia Field, Associate Professor, UBC Department of Medicine

Project Title:
Towards Equitable Care: Learning from Young Women’s Experiences

Project Aims: To explore the lived experiences of young women stroke survivors in BC and to provide practice, research and policy recommendations to support equitable and effective care in this group.

Ismalia De Sousa