Coral is a performance poet and undergraduate researcher at the University of British Columbia. She is an active stigma warrior, aiming to reduce the harmful effects of stigma at the social, institutional, and self-directed levels. At UBC, Coral is completing her thesis with Dr. David Klonsky and the Personality, Emotion, and Behaviour Lab: examining motivations for suicide attempts in Borderline Personality Disorder.
Coral hopes to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology with a focus on the study of BPD from a biopsychosocial model: advancing treatment options, reducing stigma, and increasing quality of life. She is also interested in BPD as it affects children, youth, and individuals involved with the forensic psychiatric system. Outside of school, Coral writes and performs poems about mental illness, gender, and sexuality which can be viewed here. In March 2018, Coral presented her first TEDx Talk, which can be viewed here.
Coral facilitates BPD peer support groups at Coast Mental Health, joined by two more facilitators each week, each with lived experience of BPD.