Mikaela Chia

Graduate Research Assistant

Mikaela Chia (she/her) is a second-generation Singaporean Canadian and a settler living on the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lək̓ ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.

She is currently a graduate student in the Master’s of Counselling Psychology program at the University of Victoria and completing her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Fred Chou. Mikaela is particularly interested in understanding areas of identity, intergenerational resilience, and accessible and contextually-appropriate mental health care resources for marginalized communities using participatory and narrative research.

From her past work with youth and alongside communities in both local and international contexts through community-based participatory action research, Mikaela has developed an approach that is justice-oriented and deeply relational. She hopes to work in a way that opens up safe spaces that consider contextual and intersectional identities to honour the voices, lived experiences, and stories of people and communities in the way that they feel most heard.

Connect with Mikaela at mikaelachia@uvic.ca