I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at McGill University, working with Dr. Jelena Ristic in the Attention & Social Cognition Laboratory.

My research interests lie in attention in the real-world -- in particular, I am interested in investigating how mechanisms of visual attention are affected by complex information from the world around us.

My work currently focuses on how we attend to our own thoughts (via mind wandering), how we attend to others (via face selection and person recognition), and how we attend to our environment (via scene perception).

Outside of academia, I'm a statistics nerd and an avid baseball fan, and am usually more than happy to chat for hours about either.

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Ph.D., Experimental Psychology
McGill University | Supervisor: Dr. Jelena Ristic

, Psychology
Queen's University | Supervisor: Dr. Monica Castelhano

B.A.H., Psychology; B.A., Economics
Queen's University | Supervisor: Dr. Ronald Holden

Work Experience:

Technical Research Intern
SR Research, Ottawa, ON | Supervisors: Dr. William Schmidt, Dr. Jiye Shen

Digital Content Editor
Department of Psychology, McGill University | Supervisors: Dr. Mathieu Roy, Dr. Debra Titone, Dr. Melanie Dirks

Software Programmer
Adolescent Dynamics Laboratory, Queen's University | Supervisor: Dr. Tom Hollenstein

Research Associate
Cognition in Psychological Disorders Laboratory, Queen's University | Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Bowie

Lab Coordinator / Research Associate
Queen's Visual Cognition Laboratory, Queen's University | Supervisor: Dr. Monica Castelhano

Clinical Research Associate
Sleep Disorders Laboratory, Kingston General Hospital | Supervisor: Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick

Research Funding:

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL)
Characterizing adaptive and maladaptive thought patterns via individual variability in genetic factors and neural activity $15,000

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Collaborative Research & Training Experience in Complex Dynamics (CD-CREATE)
Linking behavioral and neural oscillations in attention with real-world outcomes $26,000

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Post-Graduate Doctoral Scholarship $63,000

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
Post-Graduate Master's Scholarship $15,000

Honours & Awards:

 IVADO / MILA, Entrance Scholarship for Deep Learning School

International: Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Runner-up for Best Oral Presentation Award

National: Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, Best Oral Presentation Award

 McGill University, Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award

 DataCamp, Scholarship for Women & Gender Minorities

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellow

Graduate Chair Award for Outstanding Departmental Service

Institutional: McGill University, Graduate Mobility Award

Institutional: McGill University, Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Institutional: Queen's University, R. S. McLaughlin Fellowship

Institutional: Queen's University, H. W. Curran Prize