My position in the POPMEM lab involves working with both Dr. Poppenk and Dr. Harkness on the Kingston arm of the Canada-wide CANBIND study. As well as being involved in the collection, quality checking, and uploading of brain data to the CANBIND database, I will be engaged in the design of a memory extension study assessing the effects of decreased posterior hippocampal volume, seen in individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (Taylor et al., 2014; Ahdidan et al., 2011; Schermuly et al., 2011), on memory for gist and detail information.
In addition to my work in the POPMEM lab, I have been involved in the Adolescent Dynamics Lab with Dr. Hollenstein, where I work with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety symptomatology. I have also been fortunate enough to work as a clinical research assistant at Hotel Dieu Hospital in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry unit over the summer of 2015, where my research mainly centered on individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.
These experiences have guided my academic interests, which focus on the emotional dysregulation surrounding mood disorders and personality disorders, specifically regarding the negative bi-directional relationships such disorders have with cognitive impairments.
When I’m not in the lab, I can be found walking around Kingston petting every. single. dog.