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.

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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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!

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Meara Stow

Meara is currently pursuing a Master’s in Psychology in the Cognitive and Developmental Brain Sciences program. She completed her B.A. with Honours in Psychology at the University of Manitoba in the Comparative Cognition lab. In the Stevenson lab, her work focuses on cognitive biases toward threatening stimuli in typical and disordered populations, and the role of such biases in behavioral outcomes.

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Kara Hannah

Kara is a Master’s student in Psychology (Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences) at Western University. She completed her B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour with a Minor in Linguistics at McMaster University. She is currently investigating how the mental representations and understanding of common events relate to cognitive and behavioural characteristics of autism spectrum disorder; a collaboration between the Stevenson and McRae Labs. Her other interests include trying new artistic hobbies, playing video games, and cats.

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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.

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Julia Hagon

Julia is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Honours Specialization Psychology and Disability Studies at Western University. In the lab, she is interested in looking at multisensory integration in relation to autistic traits. Outside the lab, Julia enjoys going on long walks, crocheting, and baking!

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Muskan Sait

Muskan is a 5th year completing her honors in cognitive developmental neuroscience and a major in biology. She has always had an interest in cognitive disorders and will be studying the effects of autism stigma in this lab. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading, hiking taekwondo and watching sitcoms on Netflix

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Kimberley Henderson

Kimberley is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing an Honors Specialization in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. In the lab, she is interested in investigating the startle response and how it relates to sensory perception in typically developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking, reading, and coaching track and field.

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Tse Wing Winnie Ho

Winnie is an undergraduate student pursuing an Honors Specialization in Medical Cell Biology at Western University. In the lab, she is interested in studying multisensory integration and perception in clinical populations. She is also interested in investigating cognitive bias in lower functioning populations using sensor technologies such as eye tracking. Outside the lab, Winnie enjoys playing with her cat, watching movies and travelling.

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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.

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Elim Chan

Elim is a work study student in the lab.

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Michelle Zhang

Michelle is a second year volunteer in the lab.