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Sheida is a PhD candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her current focus is on training the brain to improve mental functions (memory, attention, multi-tasking). Sheida is devoted to sharing knowledge about brain function and health to the public - which is why she decided to create BrainBuddies! Through various outreach activities, Sheida hopes to raise awareness about optimizing brain function throughout life. Her first book on brain training will be published by Oxford University Press.
Rupali is a graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the same university. Her field of research is Behavioural Neuroscience, and she is currently studying the effects of hormones on cognition and information processing.
Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in Psychology. She has been a member of BrainBuddies since September 2016. Her academic interests include mental health and its determinants, community psychology, and environmental justice.
Raphaëlle is a PhD student in Computational Psychology. She studies language, mathematical descriptions of the human mind, and the workings of the brain. She is a multi-passionate, curious knowledge worker, with a soft spot for mentoring younger students. She enjoys giving others the chance to shine and develop their skills, and treasures moments spent sharing with the community.
Kaya is an honours student in the Bachelor of Science-Psychology undergraduate program. She is currently working in a lab researching memory in Parkinson's patients and has an interest in neurodegenerative diseases. She has also worked in a neurology lab at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Kaya has a particular interest in personality and mood disorders, and enjoys advocating mental health awareness in the community. She hopes to pursue a degree in clinical psychology upon the completion of her Bachelor's degree.
Molly is a Master of Science candidate in Neuroscience. She uses electrophysiological tools to study cognitive biomarkers in major depression treatment at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Molly is passionate about the role of neurophysiology in the context of psychiatric health; she hopes to contribute to the optimization of mental health treatment using her knowledge of the brain's inner workings. In her free time, Molly enjoys volunteering, traveling, and live music.
Patricia is a post-doctoral candidate in Behavioural Neuroscience. Through animal models, Patricia studies the interaction between the neuroendocrine system and the dynamic brain response to cardiovascular brain injury. She aspires to pursue her research activities in academia by conducting experiments and mentoring students that have an interest in the field. Patricia also enjoys travelling, social and academic events, and working within her community.
Robyn is a PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology. Her research is focused on how readers process singular and plural information when they read words or short sentences. She enjoys mentoring and working with undergraduate students to give them a richer and more meaningful university experience. During her leisure time, Robyn can be found baking, playing board games, and exploring nature.
Anne-Émilie is finishing her Bachelor's degree with a specialization in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies. She has been involved in research at uOttawa over the years. Most prominently, she has studied Rett Syndrome, a genetic condition that affects brain development in 1/10,000 females. When she is not in the lab or at school, you can find her outdoors soaking in the sun or giving alpine skiing lessons.
Jodi is an undergraduate honours student in Psychology, with extensive experience in mental health outreach, prevention, and program evaluation. Her current interests are in biochemistry and neuroscience. She hopes to merge her scientific and psychological interests in upcoming years of education and research. Outside of school and work, you'll probably find Jodi lounging with her animal companions.