About Me

Each and every day we are surrounded by a myriad of information; we can see light dance on flickering leaves, smell the sweet scent of nearby flowers, feel the gentle touch of a breeze on our skin, hear the trickle of running water, and taste the flaky decadence of a chocolate croissant. There is so much to take in all around us.

 

Two people can sit side by side and notice completely different things in their environment based on their attentional goals and previous experiences. The world around us is an ever-changing mosaic, imbued with dynamic information. So, too, are the people you meet! Everyone is different, each story is unique, and we all change with time. Here is a snapshot of my academic career!

 

Current:

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph, enrolled in the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science program with a Collaborative Neuroscience option. I am completing my thesis in the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab under the supervision of Dr. Naseem Al-Aidroos. My research focus is the interaction between attention and memory (including both visual working memory and long-term memory). I am also currently completing a practicum under the supervision of Dr. Morgan Barense at the University of Toronto, focused on reconsolidation and attentional control settings.

 

Previous:

I am a University of Guelph alumna (M.Sc. Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science with a Collaborative Neuroscience option). I completed my thesis in the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab under the supervision of Dr. Naseem Al-Aidroos  (No role for activated long-term memory in attentional control settings). My Master’s research focus was the interaction of attentional control settings and activated long-term memory. I also completed a practicum under the supervision of Dr. Chris Fiacconi at the University of Guelph, focused on the impact of context on attentional control settings.

I am a Wilfrid Laurier University alumna (B.A. Honours Psychology Research Specialist 2015, minors in Biology and French). I completed my thesis at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Jones (now called the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication Lab). My Bachelor’s research focus was vocal motor control, singing, and musical context.

Pictured here: presenting my Master’s research at the Vision Sciences Society conference (St. Pete Beach, Florida, 2017) and presenting my undergraduate research at the Psychonomics conference (Boston, Massachusetts, 2016).