Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
Cumming School of Medicine
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 4N1
The brain has an amazing propensity for change, that is exacerbated in critical windows of development. Evidence has demonstrated that circumstances early in life can program the brain, altering developmental trajectories in a manner that may lead to increased risk or resiliency, with respect to a variety of outcomes. My research focuses on the relationship between these early programming events and the brain's response to mild injuries like concussion, and susceptibility for neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism. We have been using extensive behavioural and epigenetic techniques to examine the pathophysiological association between early experiences and neurodevelopmental plasticity. The primary goal of our research is to develop safe preventative and therapeutic interventions that will address the source of the dysfunction and promote the reestablishment of typical developmental trajectories.