The Lab at Western

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Ryan Stevenson

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.

 

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Fakhri Shafai

Fakhri Shafai is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and Brain & Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario. Her doctoral research at the University of British Columbia focused on the perception of basic visual stimuli, face recognition, and face expression processing in neurotypical adults and individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Her research in Dr. Stevenson’s lab is expanding into multisensory processing using behavioural and neuropsychological measures combined with advanced neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG. Her other interests include painting, exploring the outdoors, and playing board games.

 

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Samantha Schulz

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!

 

Kaitlyn Parks
Kaitlyn Parks

Kaitlyn is a Master’s student in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. She received her B.Sc. in Psychology from Trent University where she investigated cognitive processing and language development in both typical and atypical child populations. In the Stevenson Lab, she is investigating how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder learn patterns and probabilities within their environment (Statistical Learning), and how this relates to broader language and social communication skills. Outside of research, Kaitlyn enjoys being active, reading, and vegetarian cooking.

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Anne-Marie Muller

Anne-Marie is a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology at Western University. She completed her BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. In the Stevenson lab she is investigating multisensory integration in individuals with schizophrenia and schizotypal traits. Outside of the lab, Anne-Marie enjoys painting, adding to her plant collection, and playing violin.

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Sébastien Lauzon

Sébastien is a master’s student in Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences at Western University. At the University of Waterloo, where he completed his B.A. in Honours Psychology, he studied the learning of contingencies between auditory and visual stimuli. He plans to pursue his research in the Stevenson Lab by using neuroimaging and behavioural techniques to study multisensory perception and integration in different populations. His other interests include playing guitar, pulling espressos, and longboarding!

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Tyler Dalal

Tyler is an undergraduate student pursuing a Honors Specialization in Psychology at Western University. In the lab he is interested in looking at Schizophrenia and the belief systems that accompany this disorder. Outside of the lab he enjoys powerlifting and soccer.

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Claudia Sehl

Claudia is a third year student pursuing a Honors Specialization in Psychology and a Major in Philosophy at Western University. She is keen to learn more about sensory perception and laboratory methodology. Claudia enjoys sailing, skiing, and hiking in her spare time. 

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Elizabeth Gateman

Elizabeth is a third-year psychology major at Western University, pursuing an honours specialization in developmental psychology. In the Stevenson lab, she is interested in exploring sensory integration and statistical learning in infants and children. Outside the lab, she enjoys knitting, hiking, and double stuffed Oreos.

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Arin Abraham

Arin is a fourth year undergraduate student, completing her Honors Specialization in Neuroscience at Western University. At the lab, she is interested in studying multisensory integration deficits in autism using brain imaging techniques such as EEG. She is also interested in learning about emotional processing in individuals with autism. Outside of research, Arin enjoys watching movies, trying new cuisines, and reading.

 

Alexandra Hawkins
Alexandra Hawkins

Alex is an undergraduate student completing a Honors Specialization in Psychology and Major in Criminology at Western University. She is interested in learning more about sensory perception and hypersensitivity in children with autism. Outside the lab, she enjoys writing for Her Campus Western and playing with her cat.

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Noah Brierley

Noah is a 4th year student pursuing an Honors Specialization in Psychology. In the lab, he is interested in studying the shared features of childhood disorders such as Autism, ADHD and OCD. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing video games, reading, and going to concerts.