Started May 2014
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology and Medical Sciences (2014)
University of Western Ontario
London, ON, Canada
I started in Culham Lab as a volunteer research assistant during my undergraduate degree, where I assisted in research investigating the effect of body orientation on the strength of optical illusions and one's perception of "upright" (under Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan). During this time, I also assisted with an fMRI project investigating how the 3D structure of real objects is represented in the brain (under Dr. Jacqueline Snow). I subsequently did my honours thesis in Culham Lab, investigating how motor responses involving tools are primed by real and depicted previews of those tools (supervised by Drs. Snow and Culham and also Scott Macdonald). I am now working in Culham Lab as an RA to publish my thesis results, analyze fMRI data, and to assist with lab functioning in any way that is needed.
I also work at the Psychiatry department of Victoria Hospital, where we are piloting a community-based group therapy program for older men struggling with the transition into retirement; the aim of this program is to help these individuals find meaning in their lives without work and to protect them against suicide risk (under Dr. Marnin Heisel). I also volunteer at the Mood and Anxiety Research Lab at Western, where I help investigate how rumination and personal disposition affects reactivity to social rejection and depressive symptom severity (under Dr. David Dozois).
My long-term career plan is to become a researcher and clinician who studies the human condition and enhances the psychological well-being of others. In this pursuit, my goal is to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology with additional training in Neuroscience. With such training and my experience from Culham Lab, I aim to apply neuroscience and biopsychology concepts to the study and remedy of psychopathology. Namely, I want to use neuroimaging (fMRI, PET) and neural recording (EEG, MEG) techniques to understand brain activity behind positive and negative mood states and their associated cognitive schemas and mindsets; this research would be used to inform clinical practice, identify at-risk individuals, test therapy outcomes, and investigate theoretical concepts believed to contribute to and protect against psychopathology. I am also interested in brain stimulation research (TMS, tDCS) that can be translated into clinical practice.