Ayda Tekok-Kilic, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies

Ayda Tekok-Kilic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
CRN - 349
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3937

Dr. Tekok-Kilic is a clinical/cognitive neuroscientist. She worked with children, youth and adults with various emotional and neurological exceptionalities. Her current research program involves the investigation of neural networks underlying visual-spatial working memory using dense array EEG. Dr. Tekok-Kilic is interested in mapping the developmental trajectories of visual spatial WM organization and possible reasons of deviancies from typical developmental progression.  One of her long-term research goal is to study the effects of anxiety on cognitive functions. She is the director of Developmental Neuroscience Lab (DNLab) which is equipped with integrated dense-array EEG and eye tracking technology.  Her research has been supported by Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

·        Diversity and Development (CHYS 2P35)
·        Introduction to Infants and Very Young Children with Special Needs 
          (CHYS 3P26)
·        [Quantitative] Research Methods in Child and Youth Studies (CHYS 5F01)
·        The Worried Mind: Anxiety and cognitive functions (CHYS 4V01)
Research Interests:
·        Maturation of visual-spatial working memory networks using
         oculomotor delayed-response tasks.
·        Effects of generalized anxiety, trait anxiety and worry on working
         memory systems.
·        Functional connectivity analyses in EEG research.
Representative sample of journal articles, abstracts, and conference presentations

Journal articles
Tekok-Kilic, A., & Elmastas-Dikec, B (2010). Visual-Motor Integration in Children ages between 6-15 years. Turkish Psychiatry Journal, 21, 97-104.
Shucard, J.L., Tekok-Kilic, A., Shiels, K., & Shucard, D. (2009). Stage and load effects on ERP topography during verbal and spatial working memory. Brain Research, 1254, 49-62.
Tekok-Kilic, A., Benedict, R.B., Weinstock-Guttman, B.,et al. (2007). Independent contributions of cortical gray matter atrophy and ventricle enlargement for predicting neuropsychological impairment in multiple-sclerosis.NeuroImage, 36,1294-1300.  
Conference presentations/abstracts
Tekok-Kilic, A., Tays, W.J., & Tkach, R. (2011). Activational patterns of the frontal-parietal networks during oculomotor delayed response tasks: An event-related potential study. Society for Psychophysiological Research, 51st Annual Meeting, Boston, September 14-18.                
Elmastas-Dikec, B., Can, H., & Tekok-Kilic, A. (2011). Children’s Category Test: Pilot norms for Turkish children and adolescents ages between 5-16 years. 11th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, July 4-8.

Prior, A., Tekok-Kilic, A., & Elmastas-Dikec, B. (2011). Developmental Trajectories in Face Recognition: Age and Sex Effects. 11th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, July 4-8. 

Nicholson, L., Adamowich, T., Rawlings, K., Woodard, U., & Tekok-Kilic, A.  (2011). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Exploration of Working Memory and Executive Functioning. 11th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, July 4-8.        
Tekok-Kilic, A., & Elmastas-Dikec, B (2009). Developmental trajectories of verbal and visual memory in children and adolescents, APA Annual Convention. Toronto, August 6-9. 
Elmastas-Dikec, B., Celik, S., Koksaldi-Ozgur, S., Koca-Kuyucuklu, I., & Tekok-Kilic, A. (2008). Sociocultural environment influences on children’s cognitive performance: Urban rural difference. XX th Annual convention for Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, May 22-25.
Tekok-Kilic, A., Shucard, J.L.,Hamlin, A.S. & Shucard, D.W. (2007). An electrophysiological study of age-related differences in encoding and maintenance during a spatial working memory (WM) task. Society for Psychophysiological Research, 47th Annual Meeting, Savannah Georgia Oct 17-21.
Hamlin, A.S., Shucard, J.L. Tekok-Kilic, A., & Shucard, D.W. (2007). Increased activation of the frontal P3 during encoding is associated with poorer working memory performance in middle aged adults. Society for Psychophysiologcical Research, 47th Annual Meeting, Savannah Georgia Oct 17-21.