Summary

 – Experimental psychologist trained in research design, data collection, and data analysis.
 – Experience with identifying problems and designing experiments to find solutions.
 – Team-focused and collaborative researcher, with multiple departmental and international collaborations.
 – Knowledgeable in a variety of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, ranging from traditional statistics to modern machine learning tools.
 – Clearly communicate complex ideas to a diverse audience, through reports and presentations.
 – Independent and self-motivated learner, with voluntary completion of multiple online and university courses.

Technical Skills

Data analysis (R, SPSS, Excel)
Programming (Python, Java, MATLAB)
Databases (SQL)
3D motion capture
Deep learning (ANN, CNN, RNN)
Smartphone app development (Android)
Eye tracking (Eyelink, Dikablis)

Statistical Skills

Research methods / experimental design
Exploratory data analysis
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Factor analysis
Item response theory
Structural equation modelling
A/B testing
Regression
Survey design and analysis
Psychometrics and measurement theory
Multivariate analysis

Education

2015 – Present

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Psychology (Cognitive Science), minor in Quantitative Methods
University of British Columbia

2013 – 2015

Master of Arts (MA)
Psychology (Cognitive Science)
University of British Columbia

2009 – 2013

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons)
Psychology
University of British Columbia

Publications

Ho, S., Kozik, P., Gooderham, G. K., & Handy, T. C. (under review). Physical Activity and Cognitive Function: Preliminary Evidence for Public Health Messaging in Young Adults.

Ho, S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (submitted). Sex differences in map memory: Considerations for more inclusive cartographic design.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (2016). Listen, follow me: Dynamic vocal signals of dominance predict emergent social rank in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. doi: 10.1037/xge0000166

Ho, S., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (2015). Speaking and Listening with the Eyes: Gaze Signaling during Dyadic Interactions. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136905

Presentations

Oral Presentations

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (July, 2016). Listen, follow me: Dynamic vocal signals of dominance predict emergent social rank in humans. Talk presented in the session, “Mediators of sociality”, at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (May, 2015). Map reading under load: Gender differences in learning digital maps. Talk presented at Psychfest. Vancouver, Canada.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (June, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Talk presented in the symposium, “Causes and consequences of individual differences in social status: New insights from research on nonverbal behavior, neuroendocrinology, health, and self-regulatory goals” (J. T. Cheng & J. L. Tracy, Chairs), at the biennial meeting of the Association for Research in Personality. Charlotte, NC.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (May, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Paper presented in the symposium, “Psychophysical cues to fertility, leadership capacity, trustworthiness, and health” (J.T. Cheng, & J.L. Tracy, Chairs), at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, DC.

Ho. S., Truong, G., Chapman, C. S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2013). Here, There, & Everywhere: Spatial location moderates the effect of self-relevance on memory. Talk presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (January, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Talk presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Pre-Conference on Nonverbal Behavior. New Orleans, LA.

Poster Presentations

Ho, S., Daud, K., Leonards, U., & Handy, T. C. (November, 2017). Walk and Talk: The impact of attentional load on gait dynamics in young adults. Poster presented at the Society for Computers in Psychology conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Gooderham, G. K., Ho., S., & Handy, T. C. (November, 2017). Online Survey Tools in Longitudinal Cognitive Psychology Research: A Methodological Review. Poster presented at the Society for Computers in Psychology conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S. & Handy, T. C. (May, 2017). Executive function and gait dynamics in young adult populations. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Burnaby, Canada.

Ghanbarzehie, A., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2016). Examining the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Sustained Attention. Poster presented at Connecting Minds conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S., Gooderham, K., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2016). Lifestyle and Cognition: The relationship between sleep, exercise, and exam performance. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ghanbarzehie, A., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Examining the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Sustained Attention. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Gooderham, K., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Lifestyle and Cognition: The relationship between sleep, exercise, and exam performance. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ghanbarzehie, A., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Examining the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Sustained Attention. Poster presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Gooderham, K., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Lifestyle and Cognition: The relationship between sleep, exercise, and exam performance. Poster presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Tse, S., Marozoff, S., Gooderham, K., Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (May, 2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Learning Digital Maps. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Bellingham, WA.

Gooderham, K., Tse, S., Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (March, 2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Learning Digital Maps. Poster presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Marozoff, S., Gooderham, K., Tse, S., Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (March, 2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Learning Digital Maps. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho. S., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (May, 2014). Look Who’s Talking: Effect of Knowledge and Talking on Social Gaze. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Victoria, Canada.

Ho. S., Truong, G., Chapman, C. S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2013). Here, There, & Everywhere: Spatial location moderates the effect of self-relevance on memory. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Surrey, Canada.

Ho. S., Truong, G., Chapman, C. S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2013). Here, There, & Everywhere: Spatial location moderates the effect of self-relevance on memory. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Chisholm, J. D., Ho, S., & Kingstone, A. (March, 2013). Why are action video game players better? A test of the ”Learning to Learn” proposal. Poster presented at Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society. Los Angeles, California.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (January, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ho, S., Chisholm, J. D., & Kingstone, A. (April, 2012). The Role of Task Instruction in Action Video Game Players’ Resistance to Distraction. Poster presented at Psychology Students’ Association Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Honours and Awards

2017

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC

2015 – 2019

Kitty Heller Foundation Fellowship, UBC

2014

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC

2013

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Student Award for Academic Excellence, Best Undergraduate Honours Thesis

2013

Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Award, UBC

2013

Outstanding Research Talk, 15th Annual UBC Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

2012

Trek Excellence Scholarship, UBC

2012

Faculty of Arts International Student Scholarship, UBC

2012

Rosemary Stewart Scholarship, UBC

2011

Member, PsiChi International Honour Society in Psychology

2010

Rosemary Stewart Scholarship, UBC

Research Experience

2013 – Present

Graduate Student Researcher (MA, PhD) with Dr. Todd Handy
Attentional Neuroscience Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Managed and mentored a team of 11 undergraduate research assistants and directed studies students across concurrent research projects; from conception, through analysis, to communicating the final result.
 – Integrated knowledge and techniques from multiple disciplines (psychology, computer science, and engineering) to identify, and employ, the correct approach for a given research problem.
 – Conducted pilot studies to determine the usability of experimental paradigms.
 – Programmed a suite of computer-based tasks to collect data across 5 different experiments, resulting in reduced downtime between projects and faster project completion.
 – Created analysis tools, resulting in more efficient methods for visualizing, analyzing, and reporting of data.
 – Presented and published work in academic journals and at research conferences.

Research Projects
 – Developed a novel smartphone-based methodology, as part of an international collaboration, to study walking in natural environments, improving upon current methods for assessing natural walking behavior.
 – Employed advanced machine learning techniques to classify attentional states from brainwave data, with the goal of improving the detection of attention lapses in real-time.
 – Conducted various experiments on cognitive factors that affect the ability to read digital maps, with the goal of improving the design of digital maps and to make them easier to learn.

2013

Summer AURA Student with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Designed and ran a real-time dyadic eye tracking experiment studying how eye gaze interacts during social interactions.

2012 – 2013

4th year Honours Student with Dr. Todd Handy
Attentional Neuroscience Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Ran EEG participants through an experiment studying ERPs within the context of self-relevant objects.
 – Used Optitrack (3D motion capture) to study reach trajectories for objects within an ownership paradigm.

2012 – 2013

Paid Research Assistant with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Studied the effect of object ownership on subsequent visual distractibility.
 – Recruited participants and collected data for multiple experiments, helping the supervising graduate student achieve a faster turnaround on research projects.
 – Wrote MATLAB tutorials on experimental design and analysis for a lab website, with the goal of creating a shared resource for current and future graduate students.

2012

Directed Studies Student with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Studied the effect of reward and earning on object ownership.
 – Designed and ran a visual search experiment on the effect of reward on biasing attention.
 – Literature review and writing of a directed studies manuscript.

2011 – 2013

Undergraduate Research Assistant with Dr. Jessica Tracy
Emotion and Self Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Designed and ran a study looking at the effect of vocal fundamental frequency on social influence.
 – Analysed data using a multiple regression model in R and SPSS.
 – Trained research assistants in running the experiment.

2011 – 2012

3rd year Honours Student with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Studied the effect of video game experience on oculomotor capture using eye tracking technology and a visual search paradigm.
 – Honours thesis written following an extensive review of current research.

Work Experience

2017 – Present

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Specialist
UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
 – Designed an experiment to assess the impact of a peer interaction tool on student engagement, with the goal of improving the student learning experience and to foster communication between peers.
 – Analyzed user data from a large online course with over 6000 students to determine whether personalized assignments improved student retention and engagement with the course material.

2016 – 2017

Data Analyst
UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
 – Explored and analyzed survey data from an international, multi-institution study consisting of 6 different universities to uncover similarities in teaching practices and identify areas of improvement.
 – Employed statistical tools such as factor analysis to streamline a survey, improving the statistical properties of the questionnaire for future versions of the study.

2016

Analysis Team Member
Visual Cognition Lab, UBC Psychology
 – Collaborated with Computer Scientists and Psychologists to develop a data analysis pipeline, using Python and R, to automate the aggregation and analysis of research data.

2015

Data Analysis Consultant
Self-employed
 – Worked with a Vancouver-based company to conduct an in-depth analysis of a consumer survey with a quick 2-week turnaround. The analysis identified consumer spending behaviour, and the results were then used to guide future business operations and adjust product pricing.

2013 – Present

Graduate Student Advisor
UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology
 – Advised undergraduate students on reviewing and editing of journal submissions

2012 – 2013

Cognitive Science Section Editor
UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology
 – Reviewed and edited cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience submissions to the department’s journal of psychology.

2012

Research Methods and Inferential Statistics Tutor
Self-employed
 – Provided tutoring services to undergraduate psychology students studying experimental design and inferential statistics.

2009 – 2012

UBC Orientation Leader
UBC Orientations

 – Acted as an orientation leader for new international students at UBC. Responsibilities included setting up audio/video technology, campus and Vancouver city tours, providing general guidance to new students

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistantships

2014 – 2015

Cognitive Neuroscience, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Todd Handy

2014

Cognitive Processes, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Todd Handy

2014

Social Psychology, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Alyssa Croft

2013

Personality Psychology, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Tracy

2013

Forensic Psychology, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Donald Dutton

Mentorship

2013 – Present

Trained and supervised multiple research assistants

2013 – Present

Supervised multiple Honours, directed studies, and thesis students

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