Graduate Students

Kristen Baker, Psychology, Brock University

Kristen Baker
PhD student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
kb09gi@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Cathy Mondloch

Jennett Baumbach
MA student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
jb12od@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl McCormick

Joshua Black, Psychology, Brock University

Joshua Black
PhD student, Social/Personality
jb03fs@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Kathy Belicki

I am interested in dreams in bereavement. More specifically, the dreams that occur when the deceased loved one is present in the imagery.

Andrew Chung, Psychology, Brock University

Andrew Chung
PhD student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
ac12fn@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Karen Arnell

Owen Daly
MA student – Lifespan Development
od11ai@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Teena Willoughby

Research Interests

I am interested in the concept of affinity for aloneness (defined as a preference for solitude) and its relationship with psychosocial adjustment throughout childhood and adolescence.

Emily Davis 
MA student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
ed11ai@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Karen Campbell

Brock Degagne 
MA student – Social Personality
ed11ai@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Busseri

Tori Dykstra
MA student – Lifespan Development
td11hf@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Angela Evans

Megan Earle, Psychology, Brock University

Megan Earle
PhD student – Social/Personality
me11tt@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Gordon Hodson

Caitlyn Gallant, Psychology, Brock University

Caitlyn Gallant
PhD student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
cg14xx@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Dawn Good

The overarching goal of my research is to aid in the prevention of mild head injuries and educate others about their behavioural, cognitive, and social consequences. Specifically, I am interested in subconcussive impacts in sports and the cumulative effect of these repetitive impacts on social outcomes such as theory of mind and self-reflection.

Natalie Gauthier, Psychology, Brock University

Nathalie Gauthier
PhD student, Social/Personality
ng04bn@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Angela Book

Taylor Heffer, Psychology, Brock University

Taylor Heffer
PhD student – Lifespan Development
th10ww@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Teena Willoughby

I am interested in psychosocial factors associated with externalizing and internalizing behaviours in adolescents and emerging adults.

Reuben Howlett
MA student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
rh16yq@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Kimberly Cote

Tabitha Methot Jones, Psychology, Brock University

Tabitha (Methot) Jones
PhD student, Social/Personality
tm06ti@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Angela Book

Kaina Lapierre, Psychology, Brock University

Kiana LaPierre
PhD student – Lifespan Development
kl14ie@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Drew Dane

My current research focuses on cyberbullying and aggression from an evolutionary psychological perspective. Specifically, I am examining potential reproductively-relevant benefits, such as dating and sexual experience, both of which are predicted to be associated with cyberbullying behaviours.

Holly Lockart, Psychology, Brock University

Holly Lockhart
PhD student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
hl10ze@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Emrich

I am interested in the fidelity of visual memory. I study visual memory and the relationship with attention and memory capacity through EEG and behavioural methods. I will additionally use fMRI to investigate this question further through collaborations across research institutions.

Kari Lustig, Psychology, Brock University

Kari Lustig
PhD student, Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
kl14qc@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Kimberly Cote

My current research interests focus on the effects of sleep loss on emotional processing. I am specifically investigating a role for hormones in this relationship.

Kevin MacDonald, Psychology, Brock University

Kevin MacDonald
PhD student, Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
km11pv@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Kimberly Cote

With my current research, I am examining the connection between memory function and different neurophysiological components of sleep. Specifically, I am exploring how sleep may play a role in optimizing the efficiency of memory by selectively strengthening some memories over others.

As part of the Brock University Sleep Laboratory, I am also involved in research examining the effects of sleep restriction on various aspects of cognitive functioning and emotion regulation.

Elliott MacDonnell, Psychology, Brock University

Elliott MacDonell
PhD student – Social/Personality
em10zc@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Teena Willoughby

My current research focuses on the development of the Honesty and Humility personality factor throughout childhood and its relationship with antisocial behaviour.

Claire Matthews, Psychology, Brock University

Claire Matthews
PhD student, Lifespan Development
cm10ph@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Cathy Mondloch

My current research is focused on the recognition of unfamiliar faces.

Specifically, I am investigating how exposure to within-person variability (i.e. differences in lighting, facial expressing, hairstyle etc. across different photos of the same person) might improve our recognition of other-race faces. I am also interested in how children learn new faces.

Tessa Mazachowsky, Psychology, Brock University

Tessa Mazachowsky
PhD student, Lifespan Development
tm10nt@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Caitlin Mahy

My research interests lie in the area of children’s future oriented cognition.

I am interested in parent’s ability to judge their children’s future thinking. For my MA project, I will be looking at developing a parent-report questionnaire on children’s future thinking.

Kevin Mulvhill, Psychology, Brock University

Kevin Mulvihill
PhD student, Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
km07gk@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Stefan Brudzynski

Main research interest is in ultrasonic communication and emotional expression in rodents and the neural mechanisms associated with the establishment of emotional states. His current research is investigating the neural transmission circuitry associated with positive emotional expression in rats.

Laura Murray, Psychology, Brock University

Laura Murray
MA student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
lm97ae@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Dawn Good

Alison O'Connor, Psychology, Brock University

Alison O’Connor
PhD student – Lifespan Development
ad10ux@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Angela Evans

Overall, I am interested in studying deception across the lifespan.

I am currently examining factors that impact children’s perceived credibility when giving eyewitness testimonies in the legal system.

Brent Pitchford, Psychology, Brock University

Brent Pitchford
PhD student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
bp11lj@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Karen Arnell

My research focuses on the relation between motivation, cognitive control and cognition. Recently, I have been interested in how inhibiting prepotent or rewarding responses can influence attentional breadth (i.e., seeing more of the forest or the trees).

Jordan Power, Psychology, Brock University

Jordan Power
PhD student, Social/Personality
jp14ch@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Angela Book

I am particularly interested in a group of personality traits collectively referred to as the dark tetrad (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and sadism). I am currently researching possible sex differences in the manifestation of psychopathic traits.

Elvira Prusaczyk, Psychology, Brock University

Elvira Prusaczyk
PhD student – Social/Personality
ep15je@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Gordon Hodson

Elvira’s primary research focuses on prejudice and discrimination against women. Specifically, she studies how women react to anti-female comments (e.g., sexist jokes) and sexist media content (e.g., sexually objectifying images). She is also interested in individual difference predictors of prejudice against women, including social dominance orientation and hostile sexism. Broadly, she investigates when and why both lower and higher status group members maintain and bolster group-based social hierarchies.

Sean Robb, Psychology, Brock University

Sean Robb
PhD student, Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
sr07by@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Dawn Good

I am particularly interested in neuropsychological mechanisms that underpin social reintegration following neural compromise (e.g., TBI, stroke, dementia, etc.) across the lifespan.

Specifically, my research examines the relationship between psychopathology (e.g., mood disorders, etc.) and traumatic brain injury as well as the utilization of arousal-based rehabilitation strategies (e.g., emotionally evocative stimuli, psychotropic medications, etc.) as a means to ameliorate some of these neurocognitive barriers to social reintegration.

Joel Robitaille, Psychology, Brock University

Joel Robitaille
PhD student, Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
jr12uw@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Steven Emrich

I am interested in investigating how we visually perceive the world. More specifically, I want to understand the way we cognitively reconstruct visual information. My current projects attempt at mapping the cortical processes involved in visual perception and imagery as well as how the two overlap.

Jennifer Roters, Psychology, Brock University

Jennifer Roters
MA student – Social/Personality
jr15hv@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Angela Book

Dawn Ryan
MA student – Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
dr16yd@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Karen Campbell

Christine Salahub, Psychology, Brock University

Christine Salahub
PhD student, Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience
cs13aj@brocku.ca
Supervisor:  Dr. Steven Emrich

My research interests include the areas of attention, memory, and consciousness examined using behavioural and EEG methodology. I am also interested in how individual differences in mood influence low levels of visual perception.

Breanne Wylie, Psychology, Brock University

Breanne Wylie
PhD student – Lifespan Development
bw15gs@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Angela Evans

Xiaoyang (Nicholas) Xia
MA student – Social/Personality
xx11ju@brocku.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Ashton