Karly Drabot (2016)
Finding creative, effective ways to reduce inequality and improve wellbeing makes me tick. I have been fortunate to pursue this interest through varied experiences such as co-ordinating and participating in international volunteer trips, teaching hip-hop dance classes, and co-organizing a national leadership conference. As an undergraduate psychology student, research assistant, and research coordinator at the University of British Columbia, I was able to further explore this passion through the lens of research. From investigating the effects of gender stereotyping and stereotype threat on perceived leadership aptitude, to designing a knowledge translation study to improve the health of men who have sex with men, to conducting community-based research to identify innovative methods of care for individuals with life-limiting chronic illness, I developed a fascination for the profound impact research could have on individuals, communities, and populations at-large. Most recently, during my MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge, I examined the differential relationships between domains of gender typicality and psychosocial wellbeing. The aim of my PhD project is to continue studying the gender continuum and wellbeing and to move these findings into practice and policy. My ultimate goal is to inform professionals, educate communities, and to help develop evidence-based programs to promote gender equality and protect human rights.