Dr. Ann-Marie DiBiase

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator (PhD), Department of Educational Studies

Full Advisement Load: Contact for Availability for Graduate Advisement

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 279
905 688 5550 x4050

Dr. DiBiase central research interests are Neuropsychiatry, Neurobiology, and Psychopathology.

Dr. Ann-Marie DiBiase, Faculty of Education, Brock University

Dr. DiBiase is trained in the following areas of clinical treatment:

  1. Biofeedback: electrical monitoring that provides feedback on our body functions that are controlled involuntarily, and with the provided feedback, to gain more control of those functions to perform more optimally. Biofeedback can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to: chronic pain, hypertension, stress, anxiety, and other physiological conditions.
  2. Neurofeedback: is a very specific form of biofeedback. Neurofeedback is also known as EEG biofeedback. EEG biofeedback, is a very specific protocol that is utilized to improve brainwave activity. EEG biofeedback is especially useful for treating neurological conditions such as ADHD, stress/anxiety, sleep disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury. Neurofeedback is basically a reward system that teaches the brain how to function in a more optimal range. Neurofeedback training is entirely subconscious and that is exactly why it works. As with traditional biofeedback, the goal with neurofeedback training is long-term benefit and alleviation of symptoms.
  3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): is a common type of mental health counseling (psychotherapy). With CBT you work in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT is helpful for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, ODD, CD, and Bipolor Disorders.
  4. Psychopharmacology: is the study of the use of medications in treating mental health disorders. The complexity of this field requires continuous study in order to keep current with new advances. Psychopharmacologists need to understand all the clinically relevant principles of pharmacokinetics (what the body does to medication) and pharmacodynamics (what the medications do to the body).

This includes an understanding of:

  • Protein binding (how available the medication is to the body)
  • Half-life (how long the medication stays in the body)
  • Polymorphic genes (genes which vary widely from person to person)
  • Drug-to-drug interactions (how medications affect one another)

Since the use of these medications is to treat mental disorders, an extensive understanding of basic neuroscience, basic psychopharmacology, clinical medicine, the differential diagnosis of mental disorders, and treatment options is required.

Teaching Awards

  • Brock University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award (67th volume)


  • EDUC 5P92: An Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 5P46: Behavioral Disorders
  • EDUC 5P90: Research Proposal Tutorial
  • EDUC 5P93: Research Project
  • EDUC 5F95: Thesis Tutorial in Educational Studies
  • EDUC 5P98: Independent Study in Education
  • EDUC 5V96: Internship in Educational Issues

Undergraduate Courses

  • EDUC /CHYS 3F02:Cognition and Learning
  • Children, adolescent adult psychopathology (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Aggressive/ Antisocial behaviour in children and youth
  • Psychoeducational prevention/intervention programs for behaviorally at-risk children/adolescents
  • Moral development and assessment

Although antisocial behaviour exhibited by children and youth has been an issue of grave concern for societies throughout history, events of recent years (e.g., school shootings, criminal adjudication among children and youth, violent behaviour) have galvanized public concern and raised antisocial behaviour among children and youth, to the level of a national health care issue.

Moreover, if antisocial behavior patterns are not addressed early on, these children tend to experience numerous long-term negative consequences such as academic failure, impaired social relationships, escalating rates and forms of aggressive behavior, substance abuse, and delinquent behavior.

Such negative consequences collectively result in substantial costs to society and to the individual student. Given the multi-faceted nature of antisocial behaviour patterns, prevention/intervention programs should be multimodal, including: social skills development, ethical responsibility and moral development, anger management, and problem solving.

Dr. DiBiase’s recent research focuses on prevention/intervention strategies for children and youth with externalizing disorders (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, Conduct Disorder), as well as internalizing disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression).

Currently, she is investigating neurobiological, psycho-pharmacological, and psychoeducational interventions for children, adolescents and adults that endure or are at risk for emotional and behavioural disorders.

Refereed Journals

Garchinski, C., DiBiase, A-M., & Sagar, S. (2014). The impact of Patient-Centered Decision-Making: Symptom management for oncology patients physiologically and psychologically. American Society for Clinical Oncology, 10 (16), 2603-2614 (Refereed Journal)

Savage, M.J. & DiBiase, A-M (2014). Multivariate and Mixture distribution Rasch Models. In An Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Analysis: Data Mining and Inference. T. Hastie & R. Tibshirani. Springer Dordrecht: The Netherlands.

DiBiase, A-M. (2012). Adolescent cognitive distortions: Primary, secondary, tertiary prevention. Journal of Reclaiming Children and Youth, 22 (1), 35-47

DiBiase, A-M. (2011). The EQUIP for educators program. Journal of Reclaiming Children and Youth, 20 (1), 45-49.

DiBiase, A-M. (2010). The impact of a psychoeducational prevention program for behaviorally at risk children: EQUIP for Educators. Journal of Research in Character Education. 8 (1), 21-59.

DiBiase, A-M, Gibbs, J. C. Brugman, D., vanderVelden, F. Westerlaak, J. (in press). Cross-cultural comparisons of a multicomponent psychoeducational prevention program: EQUIP for Educators, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (primary author)

DiBiase, A-M. (in press) A multimodal psychosocial intervention for children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Comorbidity ADHD: Implications for Educators and School Mental Health Teams, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Savage, M. & DiBiase. A-M. (in press). Personality and neuropsychological correlates of relationally aggressive females. Personality and Individual Differences. (co-authored equally)

Gibbs, J.C., Potter, G. B., DiBiase, A-M., & Devlin, R. (2008).The EQUIP Program: Helping Antisocial Youth to See—Really See–the Other Person. The Journal of Strength-Based Interventions: Reclaiming Children and Youth, 17(2), 35-38 (co-authored equally)

Clements, D.H., Sarama, J. & DiBiase, A-M. (2002). Preschool and kindergarten mathematics: A national conference. Teaching Children Mathematics, 8, 510-514. (co-authored equally)


DiBiase, A-M, Gibbs, J. C., Potter, Blout, M. (2012). EQUIP for High School: Teaching Adolescents to Think and Behave Responsibly, Champaign, Illinois: Research Press (primary author)

DiBiase, A-M., Gibbs, J.C., & Potter, G.B., & van der Meulen, K, del Barrio, C, Granizo, L. (2010). EQUIPAR Para Educadores (EQUIP for Educators: Equipping Youth (Grades 5-8) to Think and Act Responsibly (Spanish translated Version), Los Libros de la Catarata Publisher. Madrid: Spain (primary author)

Novak, J.M., Rocco, W. DiBiase, A-M. (Eds). (2006). Creating Inviting Schools. San Francisco, CA :Caddo Gap Press (co-editors equally)

DiBiase, A-M., Gibbs, J.C., & Potter, G.B. (2005). EQUIP for Educators: Equipping Youth (Grades 5-8) to Think and Act Responsibly, Champaign, Illinois: Research Press (primary author)

DiBiase, A-M, Gibbs, J.C., Potter, G.B. van der Velden, F., & Brugman, D, van Kessel, S.,van der, Veen, K. (2005). EQUIP voor het Onderwijs: Handleiding voor docenten. Utrecht University, The Netherlands. (primary author)

Clements, D.H., Sarama, J. & DiBiase, A-M. (Eds). (2004). Engaging young children in mathematics: Standards for early childhood mathematics education, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

DiBiase, A-M. (2015).From genes to folds: Consideration cortical gyrification theory and anxiety disorders. The American Psychiatric Association 168th, Annual Conference. Toronto: CA

DiBiase, A-M. Chronic stress induction of dendritic atrophy and decrese in spine density in neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC):  The role of neuroprotection in stress-induced behavioral changes. American Psychological Association: 122nd Annual Conference Washington, D.C.

DiBiase, A-M. (2013).Disruption of mesolimbic regulation of prefrontal cholinergic transmission in a schizophrenia and normalization by chronic clozapine treatment. The American Psychiatric Association 166th, Annual Conference. San Francisco: CA

DiBiase. A-M.  (2013).  The impact of the enhancement of GABA neurotransmitter from the administration of a long elimination half-life benzodiazepine:  Clonazepam efficacy in the reduction of panic and anxiety.  Association for Psychological Science, 25th Annual Conference, Washington: DC

DiBiase, A-M. (2012). Ventral striatal-basal forebrain mechanisms modulating cortical acetylcholine, attention, and implications for neuropsychiatric disorders,  American Psychiatric Association 165th, Annual Conference. Philadelphia: PA

DiBiase, A-M (2011).  Benzodiazepine efficacy in adolescent generalized anxiety and panic attacks: Enhancing effects on  gamma-aminobutyric acid(GABA).  American Psychological Association 7th Annual Science Leadership Conference. Washington, D.C.

DiBiase, A-M. & Gibbs, J.C.  (2010). EQUIP for Educators for Behaviorally At-Risk Student:  Pedagogical and Cognitive Strategy Implementation.  54thAnnual Special Education Conference.  Ontario Council for Exceptional Children. Niagara Falls, Ontario. November. (primary author)

Gibbs, J. C.; Potter, G. B., DiBiase, A.-M., & Blount, M. (2010).The EQUIP Program: An Update.  The 36th Annual Conference of the Association of Moral Education scheduled St. Louis, Missouri, November (Co-authored equally)

Di Petta, T., Woloshyn, V.E., Gallagher, T.L., DiBiase, A.M., Hyatt, M., Purcer, C., &

Ferguson, L. (2008). Reviewing an integration program for students with learning disabilities and mild intellectual delays: Teacher, student and parent perspectives. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Convention, New York City, Thursday, March 27th. (refereed)