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Faculty Research Interests

Behavioural Neuroscience

Roelof Eikelboom, PhD – Animal models that explore the biopsychology of appetitive behaviours, such as feeding, drinking, exercise, and substance abuse.

Paul Mallet, PhD – The behavioural and neural effects of drugs, with a special emphasis on drugs of abuse and certain plant extracts.

Diano Marrone, PhD – Systems neuroscience, functional neuroanatomy, neurobiology of aging, immediate-early gene expression.

Bruce McKay, PhD – 1) The mechanisms by which neurons and synapses are changed during and after exposure to psychoactive drugs and chemicals, using patch clamp and field potential electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and behavioural techniques. 2) Drug use and perceptions about drug use in university students.

Noam Miller, PhD – Collective cognition, the behaviour of animal groups, and animal learning and decision-making generally.

David White, PhD – The evolutionary function, proximate mechanisms and development of social behaviour in animals: specifically, social learning, mate choice, and reproduction in songbirds.

Cognitive Neuroscience

Todd Ferretti, PhD – Language and cognitive processes; computational models of language processing; electro–physiological studies of language comprehension and production.

William Hockley, PhD – Human memory and attention, recognition decision processes; contributions of familiarity and recollection to memory performance.

Jeffery A. Jones, PhD – Human communication through speech, music and other acoustic signals. Research topics include sensory-motor control during speech, singing, and music production, as well as multisensory perception. Applied work looks at communication disorders caused by Parkinson's disease, stuttering, as well as attention and cognitive loads during communication while driving. Techniques used include behavioural measures, EEG, and fMRI.

Elizabeth Olds, PhD – Human selective attention, visual search, and visual object recognition.

Philip Servos, PhD – The neural bases of somatosensory and visual perception.


Maritt Kirst, PhD – Mental health and addictions; homelessness; social capital and health; health equity; integrated health and social care programs for patients with complex care needs; evaluation of complex health interventions; mixed methods.

Natalie Kivell, Phd - I am currently working on a participatory project with community organizers engaged in online mutual aid spaces in response to COVID-19. We plan to document, co-learn, and co-create hyperlocal (and more broadly applicable) knowledge, tools, and supports for community organizers across Mutual Aid groups and communities during COVID-19.

Melody Morton Ninomiya, PhD - community mental health; health and wellness asset mapping; health and wellness research with Indigenous Peoples; knowledge translation/sharing in research contexts; institutional ethnography; fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Manuel Riemer, PhD – Sustainability, global climate change mitigation and adaptation, youth engagement, environmental action, environmental justice, social innovation for complex challenges, evaluation and sustainability of social programs, mixed methods, multilevel modelling.

Ketan Shankardass, PhD – Health equity solutions, including whole of government approaches, neighbourhood determinants of healthy and unhealthy copying, and political will/public opinion.

Robb Travers, PhD – Understanding HIV risk behaviours in broader social context and the development and impact of interventions at various levels (individual, community and structural/societal); factors that impede emotional well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.

Ciann Wilson, PhD – Critical race and class theories; intersectionality, African diasporic and Indigenous communities; public health; the social determinants; political economy of health; HIV/AIDS; community based interventions; arts-based, qualitative and Indigenous research methodologies.


Alexandra Gottardo, PhD – Reading acquisition, reading disabilities in children and adults, the development of reading in English as a Second Language learners, the development of phonological skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary development.

Tobias Krettenauer, PhD – Development of moral reasoning, moral emotions and moral motivation, identity and ego development, volunteering, positive youth development.

Joanne Lee, PhD – Numeracy and mathematics development, mathematics education, longitudinal study of language and mathematics development, gender differences in cognitive development, language acquisition and cross-linguistic studies.

Nicola (Nicky) Newton, PhD – Adult development and aging (focusing on personality); gender, social roles, and health/well-being; the process of retirement; regret; gratitude.

Kim Roberts, PhD – Children's memory and learning, source monitoring, eyewitness testimony, children and the legal system, mindfulness-based approaches to emotional and cognitive development, knowledge formation in education.

Eileen Wood, PhD – Cognitive development, memory strategies, learning in the classroom, technology in the classroom and in the home, educational applications and interventions impacting social and cognitive development across the lifespan.


Roger Buehler, PhD – Social cognition and the self: planning, prediction, memory, mental imagery, mood regulation, motivation, goal pursuit.

Justin Cavallo, PhD – Close relationships, motivation, goals and self-regulation, social support.

Mark Eys, PhD – Research interests generally encompass group dynamics in sport and exercise. Currently, Dr. Eys is examining perceptions of cohesion within youth physical activity groups as well as role perceptions (i.e., role ambiguity and role acceptance) in sport teams.

Mindi Foster, PhD – How experiences of discrimination and responses to that discrimination affect psychological (e.g., self-acceptance, growth) and subjective (e.g., mood, life satisfaction) well-being.

Maxwell Gwynn, PhD – Social psychological and cognitive factors in hypnotic responding, eyewitness memory and testimony, and facial composite (police sketch) production and recognition.

Christian Jordan, PhD – Self-related processes, self-esteem, narcissism, self-enhancement, and social cognition.

Nancy Kocovski, PhD – Social anxiety and other anxiety disorders, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, comorbidity between anxiety and depression, comorbidity between anxiety and substance use disorders, rumination and coping.

Pamela Sadler, PhD – Interpersonal theory and processes of social interaction, moment-to-moment synchrony, nonverbal and paralinguistic behaviour, automatic and controlled processes, interpersonal perceptions and biases, statistical and research methods for studying two-person interactions, individual differences and underlying mechanisms of hypnosis, and applications of all of the foregoing within social, personality, and clinical psychology.

Anne Wilson, PhD – The self and social cognition: thinking about the past and the future, the psychological experience of time, motivation and future goal-pursuit, beliefs about change and stability, sociocultural norms, interpersonal relationships over time.