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 in controlled environments (e.g. the Trier Social Stress Test). I mainly use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in my work, but am interested in integrating fMRI data with diffustion tensor imaging (DTI) data to map functional-structural connectivity associations in the brain that are disturbed by stress and psychopathology. I did my MSc in Clinical Psychology at Queen's, supervised by Dr. Kate Harkness in the Mood Research Lab, so please feel free to ask me about graduate programs for either the Psychology Department or the CNS.
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