I am a cognitive neuroscientist with primary research expertise in: (i) Ageing & Neurodegeneration: investigation of structural and functional brain changes associated with ageing, Alzheimer's dementia, and Parkinson's disease; (ii) Plasticity in Recovery: investigation of brain reorganisation following post-stroke aphasia, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury; (iii) Memory & Language: investigation of brain organisation of long-term memory, working memory, and language production.

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  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Toronto
  • MA, Perception, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toronto
  • PhD, Perception, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toronto

Areas of Expertise

  • cognitive neuroscience
  • memory & language
  • ageing
  • functional & structural MRI imaging
  • brain stimulation

Publications

  1. & Neural correlates of dynamic emotion perception in schizophrenia and the influence of prior expectations. Schizophrenia Research
  2. & Association between schizophrenia polygenic risk and neural correlates of emotion perception. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 276, 33-40.
  3. & Proactive Recruitment of Frontoparietal and Salience Networks for Voluntary Decisions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11
  4. & Altered functional connectivity in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy Research 137, 45-52.
  5. & The method of educational assessment affects children’s neural processing and performance: Behavioural and fMRI Evidence. npj Science of Learning 2(1)

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Teaching

  • PS-M66 Critical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

    The module provides a comprehensive overview of the critical issues in cognitive neuroscience, the scientific study of the underlying biological processes of cognition, e.g., memory, language, and emotion processing. Specific focus will be given to functional and structural neuroimaging, electroencephalography, and brain stimulation. Current research issues (e.g., brain-behaviour interactions, appropriate experimental design, modularity vs. brain connectivity) will be discussed and supplemented with recent peer-reviewed journal articles. Class participation in presenting and critiquing these articles is expected.

  • PS-M67 Structure and Function of the Brain

    This module provides an introduction into basic human functional neuroanatomy. Students will learn about the principles underlying the anatomical organisation and functional segregation of the human brain. Evolutionary and developmental origins of brain structure and function, as well as the relation between brain structure and function will be discussed.

  • PS-M71 Basic fMRI Analysis

    Neuroimaging makes it possible to investigate the brain¿s function in vivo. This module will give students an introduction to the computational analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data with a focus on univariate analysis. Students will learn about the preprocessing and basic analysis of functional imaging data, and learn how to use popular software packages, such as Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) and Analysis of Functional Neuro-Images (AFNI).

  • PS-M75 Advanced fMRI Analysis

    Neuroimaging makes it possible to investigate the brain¿s function in vivo. This module will expand on the introduction to the computational analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data (provided by the Basic fMRI Analysis module), with a focus on multivariate analysis. Students will learn about whole-brain and functional connectivity analysis of functional imaging data, and learn how to use Partial Least Squares (PLS) Analysis and Independent Component Analysis (ICA).

  • PSA113 Biological Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to biological psychology and the influence of the biological approach on the wider discipline of psychology. Through a series of lectures and tutorials this module will consider the structure and function of the brain and central nervous system and how they underpin human behaviour. The importance of understanding the role of hormones and neurotransmitters on physiology and behaviour as well as the biological basis of individual differences will be covered. These fundamental elements will be explored through by key topics such as emotions, motivated behaviour, language, sleep, learning and memory, and schizophrenia. The importance of understanding evolutionary psychology and gene environment interactions will also be integrated throughout the module.

  • PSY113 Biological Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to biological psychology and the influence of the biological approach on the wider discipline of psychology. Through a series of lectures and tutorials this module will consider the structure and function of the brain and central nervous system and how they underpin human behavior. The importance of understanding the role of hormones and neurotransmitters on physiology and behavior as well as the biological basis of individual differences will be covered. These fundamental elements will be explored through key topics such as emotions, motivated behavior, language, sleep, learning and memory, and schizophrenia. The importance of understanding evolutionary psychology and gene environment interactions will also be integrated throughout the module.

  • PSY303 Neuroimaging & Cognition

    The module provides a comprehensive overview of neuroimaging research investigating cognitive processes, such as memory, language, and emotion processing, with a specific focus on functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging. Topics covered in the lectures include: organisation and reorganisation of higher-cognitive processes in the brain, brain & behaviour interactions, and brain plasticity due to trauma.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

Supervision

  • A multimodal investigation of the effects of fronto-cerebellar transcranial stimulation«br /»«br /» (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Hanley

Key Grants and Projects

  • Testing posterior parietal cortex contributions to human episodic memory 2018 - 2021

    Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, with M. Irish, J. Hodges & L. Marstaller, £205,000

  • Identifying biomarkers of preclinical degeneration 2016 - 2017

    ($24,300 AUD), Rebecca L. Cooper Foundation Medical Research Grant

  • Development of a novel functional imaging protocol to investigate memory complaints in epilepsy patients 2016 - 2017

    ($40,000 AUD), with L. Marstaller, D.Reutens, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant

  • Functional imaging of non-motor disturbance in Parkinson’s disease 2014 - 2016

    ($50,000 AUD), with M. Gray, C. Atay, K. McMahon, D. Copland, Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation Seeding Grant

  • Prevention of burn injury – The neural correlates of risk-taking behaviours 2015 - 2016

    ($58,247 AUD), with M. Muller, J. Paratz, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant

  • Age-related reorganisation of cortical networks subserving memory retrieval 2013 - 2016

    ($375,000 AUD), Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 2016 Research Fellow University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2009 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

External Responsibilities

  • Affiliated Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2016 - Present

  • Member, Canadian Psychological Association

    2009 - Present

  • PhD Supervisor: Samuel Fynes-Clinton, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2015 - 2018

  • PhD Supervisor: Javier Urriola Yaksic, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2014 - 2017

  • PhD Supervisor: Ilvana Dzafic, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2013 - 2016

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation

    2016 - 2017

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Website Lead - Department of Psychology

    2016 - Present

  • Director - MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • Dementia Research Group

    The Psychology Department Dementia Research Group is composed of staff and PhD students actively engaged in a wide range of research investigating subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment and various aetiologies of dementia.

  • Neuroimaging Group

    The Neuroimaging Group investigates brain function, structure, and neurochemistry of cognitive processes.