The Lab at Western

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Dr. Stevenson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain & Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on sensory perception across the lifespan, specifically how changes in sensory perception influence cognitive processes such as speech perception. This work includes research with neurotypical populations and special populations including individuals with autism spectrum disorders and cochlear implant users. He uses behavioural measures, advanced neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and EEG), and neuropsychological measures to approach this research from multiple perspectives.

 

Nicole Scheerer

Nichole is a BrainsCAN fellow working with Drs. Ryan Stevenson, Janis Cardy, and David Purcell. Nichole completed her PhD with Dr. Jeffery Jones in the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by a NSERC Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Grace Iarocci in the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University. Nichole is interested in how the brain uses sensory information (e.g. auditory and visual information) during development. More specifically, how differences in the perception of, or attention to, different forms of sensory information may have downstream effects on the development of things like movement coordination, speech production, and social skills.

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Sam is a Master’s Student in Developmental Psychology.  She completed her BSc in Health Studies with a Minor in Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Now, she studies in the Stevenson Lab at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently investigating the effect of hypersensitivity on repetitive behaviours in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Other interests of hers include playing ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, and anything else outdoors!

CarolynnHare

Carolynn is a PhD student in Psychology (Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences) at Western University. She completed her M.A. in Child and Youth Studies and B.Sc. in Neuroscience (Neuropsychology) at Brock University. She is currently investigating multisensory integration in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Outside the lab, she enjoys painting, board games and long outdoor walks.

Kara is a PhD student in Psychology (Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences) at Western University. She completed her M.Sc. in Psychology in 2020 (also in the lab). Her B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour with a Minor in Linguistics was completed at McMaster University. She is currently investigating how people’s understanding of common events relates to cognitive and behavioural characteristics of autism spectrum disorder — a collaboration with the McRae Lab. Her other interests include trying new artistic hobbies, playing video games, and going on nature walks.

Ala'a Seif

Ala’a is a M.Sc candidate in the Neuroscience program. She completed her B.Sc and M.Sc in biomedical engineering at Rafik Hariri University in Lebanon, where she researched the use of electrocardiograms for personal identification and recognition. Afterwards, she worked as a business developer in a medical 3D printing company, but she always missed research. Now, she studies the acoustic startle response and auditory brainstem responses of autistic children with under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Stevenson and Dr. Susanne Schmid. Outside the lab, she enjoys exploring new places, and amidst the pandemic she realized that she loves building jigsaw puzzles.

Kate is a Master’s student in Psychology (Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences) at Western University. She completed her B.Sc. Honours in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Windsor. She is currently investigating neural activity during social interaction in typically developing and autistic individuals. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing music and creating pen & ink drawings.

Laura is an MSc student in Psychology (Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences) at Western University. She completed her BSc Honours in Psychology at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She is currently investigating changes in audiovisual processing in aging and age-related neurodegenerative disease. Her other interests include skiing, reading, and film photography.

Cassandra is Honours Thesis Student in Dr. Ryan Stevenson’s Lab, completing a double major in biological science and an honours specialization in psychology. Currently, she is helping Ala’a with her work on the auditory brainstem in autistic children. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hanging out with her fluffy dog, rock climbing, going to concerts, and gaming.

Yassmine is an undergraduate Honours Thesis student in Dr. Ryan Stevenson’s lab, working to complete a M.A. degree in Honours Specialization in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. In the lab, she is currently exploring multisensory integration in ADHD; specifically, how it differs in ADHD-like traits using EEG imaging. Outside of the lab, Yassmine enjoys nature, working out, and eating.

Michelle is an Honours Thesis student in the lab, working towards completing her Honours Specialization in Psychology and Major in French Studies at Western University. She is currently investigating the contextual factors that affect sensory processing in individuals with autism spectrum disorder using ecological momentary assessment. Outside the lab, Michelle enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time outdoors.

Alex is a B.Sc candidate in the honors psychology program at Western University. She is currently investigating sex differences in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Outside the lab she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and doing puzzles.

Hiruthika is an undergraduate honor’s thesis student, working on completing a Honors Specialization in Neuroscience alongside a Minor in Psychology. In the lab, she is working on auditory sensory differences and development in autism. Outside of the lab, Hiruthika enjoys reading, taking naps, and yelling at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Adrianna is a fourth year Psychology major student in Dr. Ryan Stevenson’s Lab, and is currently helping Nikki with her work in sensory and motor interactions in autistic individuals. Outside the lab, Adrianna likes to spend time with her cat while she knits, sews, and paints.

Elim Chan

Elim is a B.Sc candidate completing her final year of HSP genetics. She is a work-study student that is currently investigating multisensory integration in individuals with ADHD. Outside the lab, she enjoys running and travelling.

Carly is a B.Sc candidate in the medical science program at Western University. She is currently investigating multisensory attention skills and effects on later outcomes across the first 5 years of life, with implications for identifying atypical trajectories and infants at risk for delays. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing volleyball, travelling, and spending time with her friends.

Anahid is a B.M.S.c Medical Cell Biology candidate at Western University. She is currently investigating sensory phenotypes in autistic children and children with ADHD. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing the piano, buying Christmas decorations, and walking everyone’s dogs.