Previous Lab Members

Michael Barrus
Program of study:
PhD in Psychology
Current research interests: Individual differences in disadvantageously risky decision making, the influence of cues on decision-making preferences.
What I would like the lab to remember me for: An unwavering dedication to exploring the labs’ tasks, tirelessly surfing the literature for insight and new directions, and endlessly fishing for results.
What the lab probably will remember me for: Tirelessly surfing and endlessly fishing.
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Mason Silveira
Program of study: PhD in Psychology
Current research interests: Understanding cholinergic contributions to cost/benefit decision making.
What I would like the lab to remember me for: My baking skills
What the lab probably will remember me for: My short-lived international Quidditch career
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Melanie Tremblay
Program of study:
PhD in Psychology
Current research interests: I am researching the behavioural and molecular correlates of treatments for Parkinson’s disease like dopamine agonists and deep brain stimulation, which have been found to create impulse control disorders in human patients.
What I would like the lab to remember me for: My dedication, passion, endless perseverance, and desire to perfect my techniques.
What the lab probably will remember me for: A lot of things… Being the person who has lived a thousand lives prior to becoming a scientist, and that I am famous for getting large cohorts.
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Jacqueline-Marie Ferland
Program of study:
PhD in Neuroscience
Current research interests: The relationship between decision-making, drug addiction, and relapse and the underlying neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to these behaviours.
What I would like the lab to remember me for: A passion for learning and my projects
What the lab probably will remember me for: Being overly obsessed with labeling and organization
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Paul Cocker
Program of study: PhD in Neuroscience
Current research interests: Modeling cognitive biases relevant for pathological gambling
What I would like the lab to remember me for: Being an intellectual behemoth and really ridiculously good looking
What the lab probably will remember me for: My abject failure to acknowledge reality
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Fiona Zeeb
Program of study: PhD in Neuroscience, 2007-2012
Research in the lab: Pathological gambling, impulsivity (choice and action), and environmental enrichment
Next move: Post-doctoral fellowship (funded bv OMHA and CIHR) with Dr. Paul Fletcher at CAMH, Toronto, looking at cognition in a dual-impact model of schizophrenia
Remembered in the lab for: External monologues, the colour purple,  the noise made by her knees, setting up the lab,an awe-inspiring level of competence.
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Jay Hosking
Program of study: PhD in Neuroscience, 2009-2014
Research in the lab: Neural and neurochemical basis of cognitive effort and its impact on decision making
Next move: Post-doctoral fellowship (grant-funded) with Dr. Josh Buckholtz at Harvard University using neuroimaging in human subjects to study decision-making processes
Remembered in the lab for: A phasic beard, being a published author (and we don’t mean his scientific papers), lead vocals, moleskin notebooks, a killer turn of phrase
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Dominique Levesque
Program of study: MSc in Neuroscience, 2009-2012
Research in the lab: Behavioural and molecular effects of chronic lithium treatment.
Next move: Research and grants facilitator, BC Women’s Hospital and others.
Remembered in the lab for: Never feeling cold, beautifully diligent record-keeping, a dangerous penchant for “girlie” drinks that would lay a sailor out cold.

 

 

 

DrCole VonderHaar.jpg. Cole Vonder Haar
Program of study:  Post-doctoral fellowship (CIHR), 2013-2016
Research in the lab: Modeling cognitive dysfunction resulting from traumatic brain injury
Next move: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University, where he is PI of the Injury and Recovery Laboratory
Remembered in the lab for: homebrew, an alarming tie-dyed lab coat, fear of pottery painting, an almost indecent love of R, a healthy amount of skepticism, becoming a PI

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