Sav has managed the Infant Studies Centre since 2016. She is passionate about research facilitation and enjoys the immense diversity of her role, which includes overseeing the Centre’s finances, human resources, ethics, data management, and equipment. She frequently assists Dr. Janet F. Werker, Director, in applying for competitive grant funding; most recently, Sav contributed to the success of the Centre’s SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024), NSERC Discovery Grant (2020-2025), and SSHRC Partnership Grant (2020-2027) funding.
Sav first joined the Infant Studies Centre in 2013 as Research Coordinator, shortly after completing her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC. As a student, she was highly active in the Department of Psychology, contributing to research projects across three labs (Dr. Christoff’s Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Lab; Dr. Gorzalka’s Sexual Psychophysiology and Psychoneuroendocrinology Lab; and Dr. Rankin’s Behavioural Neurogenetics Lab).
Sav was born and raised in Manitoba – her (Dutch) prairie roots appear frequently in her food and fashion choices. She settled in Vancouver in 2010 and considers herself a “UBC lifer”. When not working and drinking tea at the Infant Studies Centre, Sav is likely to be found at the Kits dog beach, swimming with her Scottish Terrier, Finn.