Xiao Yang Fang (Yangyang) took on the role of VP External on May 1st 2016. Her responsibilities include sitting on the University Senate and the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC), advocating on behalf of the university’s graduate student to municipal, provincial and federal government.
Yangyang is a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Community Health Sciences specializing in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Utrecht and holds a diploma of Fine Arts from the Utrecht Academy of Arts. She received a Master’s in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s in Art Therapy from New York University. Her current research focuses on childhood relationships in inclusive educational settings and psychotropic drug use among elementary and school children. Beyond that she is more than happy to engage in conversations pertaining to mental health, culture-specific treatment modalities, and, since recently, applications of augmented reality in health care.
Yangyang was born in China and grew up in the Netherlands. She love travelling and learning new languages. Outside of her academic pursuits, she spend time biking, volunteering with arts organizations, and brushing up her Italian.