Sandra’s research looks at understanding the nature of, and mechanisms behind different symptoms in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. She is also interested in identifying possible treatment targets for these disorders. More specifically, her research topic looks at the symptom of mental contamination (which is seen in OCD and in survivors of sexual trauma). Her overarching goal with her research is to identify the types of thinking patterns that drive this symptom, in order to better help those who are struggling with it. In particular, she is interested in the meaning people with OCD and survivors of sexual trauma given to the concept of violation, as she believes this is a key thought process tied to the experience of mental contamination.
ARIEL A. BATALLÁN BURROWES
Ariel A. Batallán Burrowes is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr. C. Andrew Chapman in the Center for the Study Behavioral Neurobiology (CSBN). During his undergraduate studies at Colby College, Ariel was a member of the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab for five years, supervised by Dr. Melissa Glenn. There he helped with research on learning and memory associated with dietary manipulations, pharmacological and genetic models of schizophrenia, and sex differences. At Concordia, Ariel continues to focus on sex difference research, exploring the modulatory role of ovarian hormones on neuronal function within a brain region important for sensory information, using electrophysiological techniques.
Jamie is a second year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program. He is a member of the Personality, Aging, and Health Lab under the supervision of Dr. Carsten Wrosch. Jamie’s research focuses on understanding how personality and social factors intersect to predict health and well-being across the adult lifespan. Specifically, his Master’s thesis examines the differential roles of optimism and pessimism in predicting quality of life in romantic couples. His research reveals that the absence of pessimism has a stronger effect than the presence of optimism on an individual’s own and their partner’s health and well-being.
Cassandra recently completed by Undergraduate degree at Concordia University in honours psychology. She then worked with Dr. Ben Eppinger studying lifespan decision-making before starting her Masters degree at Concordia University in Clinical Psychology in 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Mickael Deroche.
As part of the Laboratory for Hearing and Cognition, Cassandra studies the developmental trajectory of emotion recognition across the lifespan. More specifically, she is interested in how the recognition of emotionally loaded auditory stimuli changes across the lifespan from childhood into adulthood.
Andrea is a second-year master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is a member of the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Adam Radomsky. Andrea’s research focuses on the role of maladaptive beliefs in the development and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is particularly interested in how beliefs about losing control may influence obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms and beliefs. Her master’s thesis focused on examining the impact that beliefs about losing control has on other appraisals and beahavioural responses hypothesized to be relevant to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Marie-Anick is a second year Master’s student in the Psychology (Research) program at Concordia. She is currently co-supervised by Dr. Emily Coffey (PI of the Coffey Lab: Audition, Sleep & Plasticity) and Dr. Mickael Deroche (PI of the Laboratory for Hearing and Cognition), within Concordia’s Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music. Her research focuses on misophonia, which refers to a form of decreased tolerance to specific sounds. More specifically, it captures the experience of where individuals are extremely sensitive to selective sounds, and that exposure to these sounds tends to trigger a negative emotional state.
Parisa is a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Carsten Wrosch in the Personality, Aging, and Health Laboratory within the Centre for Human Development at Concordia. Her research interests include investigating the adaptive (and maladaptive) functions of our emotions. Specifically, for her Master’s research, she is examining the consequences of emotion intensity and variability on health symptoms and stress measures. Her research identified unique patterns and consequences of sadness and anger, showing support for discrete emotion theories.She looks forward to extending this research in her PhD.
Alexandra is a Master’s student in Dr. Iordanova’s Learning and Memory lab. She completed a B.Sc in Behavioral Neuroscience at Concordia where she became invested in Pavlovian learning. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the role of VTA dopamine in the process of how drug-related cues trigger cravings in dependent individuals. Her lab uses optogenetics to stimulate dopamine neurons. Their recent findings suggest dopamine serves as a prediction error signal. The theory that it only encodes changes in value may be too narrow. Her goal is to discover methods of rescuing hijacked behavior. One day she hope to use what she learned to help drug-dependent populations.
Nyissa is a third year Clinical Psychology graduate student at Concordia. Throughout Nyissa’s academic career she has specialized in behavioral sleep medicine investigating whether Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) could be an effective treatment option for comorbid symptoms like mood disturbance, stress, and cognitive complaints. Her current research investigates the moderation of stress, hyperarousal, depression, age, and biological sex on the efficacy of CBT-I outcomes in patients with chronic insomnia. She is also interested in exploring biopsychosocial sex factors (such has menstrual cycle phase and hormonal contraceptives) on brain oscillations in those with insomnia across the lifespan.
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Alexa is a fourth year Experimental Psychology PhD student in the Lifespan Decision-Making Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Ben Eppinger (CRDH). Broadly, she is interested in modeling developmental changes in learning and decision-making strategies in order to better understand how school-aged children as well as older adults learn and make decisions. With this research she aims to contribute to work aimed at supporting their learning and decision-making. For her PhD, she is examining how the use of model-based, model-free and other intermediate decision strategies change across the lifespan. To do so, she uses methods such as electroencephalogram (EEG), single trial analysis and computational modeling.
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