Lab Director

Lab Manager



Dr. Yuthika Girme

Dr. Yuthika Girme is the Lab Director for the Supporting REWE Lab at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Girme completed her PhD at the University of Auckland in 2015. She completed her post-doctorate at Purdue University before joining SFU in 2016. Her primary research goals involve identifying the ways people can effectively provide support and generate closeness in their romantic relationships. Her research focuses on how contextual factors and partners’ relationship insecurities can help explain when providing support can be beneficial or costly. Dr. Girme also conducts research on understanding factors that can help maximize single peoples’ wellbeing.

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Morgan Corkum

Morgan Corkum is our Lab Coordinator. Morgan is currently completing her undergraduate psychology degree at Simon Fraser University and is hoping to continue on toward graduate studies. She is also a volunteer for Looking Glass British Columbia in their Hand-in-Hand program that assists community members looking for support in their recovery from eating disorders. Her research interests focus on anorexia nervosa in men, and how relationship status may predict psychopathology with regard to eating disorders.


Olga Vasileva

Olga is the Project Manager for the REWE Lab, overseeing the Couples Support and Wellbeing Study. Olga is currently a Doctoral candidate at SFU Psychology Department Developmental Psychology program. She holds a BA and MA in Linguistics, along with MAE in Educational Psychology which she received during her studies in the US on Fulbright Program. Olga's research interest broadly involve origins of human cognition and language both in evolution and individual development. In her work she uses multi-method and interdisciplinary approach. Her current empirical research program focuses on investigation of handedness and language relationship over a life span and in diverse samples. Previous projects include research on cultural aspects of parenting.


Amber Edwards

Amber is a Masters student in the Supporting REWE Lab. Her research interests lay in social identity theory and intergroup relations, with a specific focus on intersecting singlehood and prejudice, discrimination, and social justice. Amber is originally from Cannon Falls, MN, USA, and grew up with six siblings and a bunch of pets. She enjoys reading and writing, for both school and for fun. Possibly the nerdiest thing about her is that she likes doing symbolic logic proofs. Amber hopes to pursue a career in academia so that her research can influence policy.

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Brittany Dennett

Brittany is an incoming Masters student in the Supporting REWE Lab. She completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in psychology. Her research interests are focused on people who are single, relationship formation, and wellbeing. Brittany enjoys reading, and has a plant named Oliver.



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