- BSc (Honours), Biology and Psychology, University of Waterloo - MSc, Biology, University of Waterloo - BEd, Science Education, Wilfrid Laurier University - PhD, Psychology and Toxicology, University of Guelph - Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), ...
- BSc (Honours), Biology and Psychology, University of Waterloo - MSc, Biology, University of Waterloo - BEd, Science Education, Wilfrid Laurier University - PhD, Psychology and Toxicology, University of Guelph - Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Toronto - Postdoctoral Fellow, Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western
I have a PhD in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and Toxicology from the University of Guelph on the role of the endocannabinoid system in the neurobiology of learning and memory in an animal model of drug dependence. My research and academic scholarships include awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). I have specialized training in neuroimaging from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, and Frontiers in Neurophotonics at the Université Laval in Quebec. I have research published in cellular, molecular, and comparative biology, psychopharmacology, cognitive psychology, social/personality psychology, and political psychology. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness Training Program at CAMH, I conducted research on the social factors that contribute to mental illness and addiction, and on the associative stigma of mental illness.
Cell to Society: My research experience spans the natural and social sciences, including learning and behaviour, cellular and molecular biology, comparative neuroanatomy and physiology, and several areas of psychology including clinical, social, cognitive, and political psychology.
Accordingly, I have focused on developing two related areas of research:
1. The effects of drugs of abuse (opiates, cannabis, Salvia) and various stressors on neurophysiology and behaviour in animal models of drug addiction and mental illness (anxiety, depression, schizophrenia); and 2. How various psychological constructs can be used to understand the social determinants of mental health and illness, associative stigma, public persuasion, social policy, and development of a transdomain (physical, mental, social) model of health.