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Steve Lamontagne
Cognitive Neuroscience (PhD 3)
Dr. M. Olmstead

Hi everyone. I'm doing my PhD in the Cognitive Neuroscience program in Psychology. I work under the supervision of Dr. Olmstead in the MotiCog Lab where I investigate the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of anhedonia using a rodent model. Currently, I am working at Harvard’s McLean Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Diego Pizzagalli, where I am conducting a translational project with human participants.

I’ve been a student at Queen’s since 2010. I began working in the animal research facility in 2012 with Dr. Janet Menard, where I worked on a number of projects. For example, I examined whether early adversity increases sensitivity to amphetamine in adulthood. I ...

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Savannah Lightfoot
Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc 2)
Dr. M. Olmstead

Hi, I’m Savannah and I’m in my second year of my MSc in the Cognitive Neuroscience program at Queen’s. I completed my BSc in Neuroscience at Carleton University, where my focus was on how the reward pathway, specifically the nucleus accumbens, plays a role in the incubation of chocolate craving. Throughout my undergraduate degree I both worked and volunteered in my undergraduate supervisor’s lab. I am completing my master’s under the supervision of Dr. Olmstead in the MotiCog Lab where I am investigating how inflammation influences anhedonia and whether this interaction involves the endocannabinoid system.

Outside of my research, I am cur...

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Alexandra Tighe
Clinical (PhD 3)
Dr. T. Hollenstein

Alexandra Tighe is a third year PhD student in clinical psychology. In the Adolescent Dynamics Lab (Tom Hollenstein), she studies emotional development across adolescence and emotional flexibility in parent-child relationships. Her clinical work focuses on child and youth mental health, and neuropsychological populations such as childhood brain injury/concussion and cancer. She is also the co-director of the clinical psychology outreach program (CPOP).

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Scott Squires
Clinical Neuroscience (PhD 1)
Drs. R. Milev & J. Poppenk

I am a Clinical Neuroscience PhD student with the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen's, co-supervised by Drs. Roumen Milev (Director of the CNS) and Jordan Poppenk (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience). My research involves the study of how stress affects attention, cognition, memory, and functional connectivity in the human brain, and how these mechanisms affect the risk, symptom presentation, and course of psychiatric disorders like major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. I am interested in studying the effects of childhood and recent life stress captured via thorough retrospective clinical interviews, as well as acute stressors applied ...

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Geoff Harrison
Cognitive Neuroscience (PhD 5)
Dr. D. Wilson

I’m a 5th year PhD student working with Dr. Daryl Wilson in the Attention Lab. I am based in the Cognitive Neuroscience area but have worked with many professors at Queen’s, including Drs. Bowie, Castelhano, Chivers, Menard, Poppenk, Pukall, and Sabbagh. I completed two degrees at Queen’s University, a general in Life Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology. My current research topics are in the general area of attention and memory, and ways in which these two processes influence one another. I work with clinical labs to study ways in which certain pathologies influence attention and how training attentio...

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Tina Mihajlovic
Clinical (PhD 1)
Dr. D. Tripp

Hey! I’m Tina, a first year PhD student in Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Dean Tripp in the Pain Lab. For my Master’s thesis, I looked at biopsychosocial predictors of suicide risk in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. My PhD research, however, is TBD. 

I have a specialist in Psychology and a minor in Physiology from the University of Toronto. During my undergrad, I was involved in several research projects, primarily related to memory and perception (scene memory in adults with mild cognitive impairment) and behavioural genetics (spatial memory in zebrafish). Evidently, I’ve dabbled in several areas of psychology, so how did I end up studying health psy...

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Chelsea Wood-Ross
Clinical (MSc 2)
Dr. C. Bowie

Hello! I’m in the second year of my MSc in the Clinical program at Queen’s. I also completed my BSc in Psychology at Queen’s and graduated in 2017. I’m completing my master’s under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Bowie, where we’re examining cognitive functioning and improving functional outcomes in psychological disorders, specifically Major Depressive Disorder and Schizophrenia. Throughout my undergrad, I was involved in a few different research labs: I volunteered with Dr. Stanka Fitneva in a developmental lab, completed a special directed lab with Dr. Tom Hollenstein and completed my honours thesis with Dr. Bowie.

I’ve TA’d PSYC 100 a few times and this year I’m ...

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Stephanie Woolridge
Clinical (PhD 1)
Dr. C. Bowie

My name is Stephanie, and I am a first year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. I am currently working on my doctoral research under the supervision Dr. Chris Bowie in the Cognition in Psychological Disorders (CPD) lab, which I have been a part of since I was a third year undergraduate student. For my Master’s thesis, I looked at cannabis use in first-episode psychosis and schizophrenia.

I graduated from Queen’s in 2017 with a BA in Psychology, with my undergraduate thesis (again under the supervision of Dr. Bowie) focusing on modifying negative attentional biases in depression. In the CPD Lab, other research I have been a part of includes...

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Meghan McInnis
Clinical (PhD 2)
Dr. C. Pukall

I am a second-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. I am completing my graduate research in the Sexual Health Research Lab (SexLab), under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Pukall. My Master’s thesis focused on the experiences of individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer, specifically their health-related quality of life, mental health, social support, sexual outcomes, and healthcare experiences. For my PhD, I am focusing on societal perceptions of virginity and the experiences and characteristics of adult virgins. I completed my undergraduate degree at Queen's as well. In fourth year, I completed a directed laboratory course in the SexLab, while completing my honours ...

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Sydney Gorlick
Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc 2)
Dr. J. Poppenk

I’m currently in the second year of my MSc in the Cognitive Neuroscience program at Queen’s. I completed my BA in Psychology at York University, where for my thesis I analyzed the differences between conceptual and perceptual processing in category specialized regions in the brain. My research now focuses on the contributions of hippocampal volume to overall memory performance, as well as the processes that memories undergo which transforms them from detail to gist representations.

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Louisa Man
Clinical (PhD 2)
Dr. M. Castelhano

Hi, I'm Louisa and I'm currently in my 2nd year of my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I currently work with Dr. Monica Castelhano in the Queen's Visual Cognition Laboratory. We use eye-tracking technology to examine various questions about attention, perception and memory. My Master's thesis examined how traits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (e.g., restricted interests, repetitive behaviours) found in the general population can be associated with different cognitive processing of social scenes. For my PhD, I'm going to delve into the question of gender differences in cognitive processing in individuals with ASD. 

Clinically, I have completed pla...

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Lindsey Yessick
Cognitive Neuroscience (PhD 2)
Dr. T. Salomons

I'm a second year PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology. My research focus is in chronic pain disorders and pain processing. My dissertation will examine the role of perceived control over pain symptoms for transitioning from acute to chronic pain in a surgical pain population. Currently I work with Dr. Tim Salomons as my supervisor and Dr. Caroline Pukall as my co-supervisor. I also have projects examining pain coping strategies and an investigation of those who experience idiopathic anal pain.

During my MSc, I was supervised by Dr. Caroling Pukall. My Master’s thesis investigated changes in pain processing within the brain and sp...