Who’s on our team?

Dr. Paul Van Donkelaar

Dr. Paul van Donkelaar (he/him) is co-founder and principal investigator for SOAR. He is also a professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and Associate Vice Principal, Research at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. His research focusses on the basic mechanisms of sensorimotor control and the cerebrovascular, neurocognitive, and sensorimotor aspects of brain dysfunction resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Since 2016, he has focused much of his research on better understanding brain dysfunction in women who have experienced intimate partner violence-related TBI in collaboration with Kelowna Women’s Shelter through the SOAR project.

Karen Mason

Karen Mason (she/her) is the co-founder and Director of Community Practice for SOAR, and the former executive director of Kelowna Women’ Shelter in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. A seasoned and passionate non-profit leader, communicator, and community collaborator, Karen brings 30+ years of career experience to her work advocating for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Kelowna Women’s Shelter provides emergency and transitional housing, second stage housing, counselling support, advocacy, and prevention education to women and children who’ve experienced IPV.  In collaboration with the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, the Shelter has been engaged in the community-based SOAR research project since it began in 2016.

Shambhu P. Adhikari (he/him)
Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Fellow

Kelsey Helm (he/him)
Research Project Manager

Kathryn Kriitmaa (she/her)
Research Coordinator

Carrie McLennan (she/her)  Research Coordinator