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Core Faculty in Clinical Neuropsychology

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The core faculty of the Clinical Neuropsychology stream are registered psychologists with specialty training in neuropsychology or pediatric neuropsychology. They are also members of the Clinical or the Clinical Developmental areas of Psychology.

From top to bottom: Christine Till, Norm Park, Gary Turner, Shayna Rosenbaum, Mary Desrocher, Jill Rich, and Walter Heinrichs (seated). Faculty area interests are described below.

core clinical and clinical developmental faculty with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology
Dr. Mary Desrocher
Associate Professor
  • Normative development of spatial memory, autobiographical memory, social cognition, and executive functions in children and adolescents
  • Memory function in children with Type 1 diabetes social cognition and executive function in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Memory function in children with Congenital Hypothyroidism
Clinical Developmental
Dr. Walter Heinrichs
  • Neural, symptomatic and functional correlates of preserved and impaired cognition in schizophrenia
  • Development of practical cognition measures for neuropsychological patients
  • History and theories of schizophrenia
  • Quantitative research synthesis (meta-analysis)
Dr. Norman Park
Associate Professor
  • Memory and other cognitive processes associated with performance of skilled everyday actions
  • Different memory systems involved in learning and performing skilled actions with novel tools
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Participants studied: amnesics, Parkinson's disease, healthy undergraduates, and older individuals
Dr. Jill B. Rich
Associate Professor
  • Primary research focus is on different aspects of memory processing (e.g., semantic memory, implicit memory, source memory, prospective memory) and cognition in healthy young individuals, normal aging, and mild cognitive impairment (a transitional stage between healthy aging and dementia)
  • Clinical neuropsychological specialization is in differential diagnosis of dementia
  • An emerging research interest focuses on cognitive processes in blind individuals
Dr. R. Shayna Rosenbaum
Associate Professor
  • Research program examines how different types of memory (primarily episodic and spatial) are represented in the brain, and how these types of memory relate to each other and to non-mnemonic abilities, such as decision-making
  • Methods include combining sensitive behavioural paradigms with structural and functional MRI, and multivariate statistical analysis in healthy adults (young and older) and neurological populations (primarily with memory impairment due to hippocampal or frontal lobe damage)
  • Development of real-world clinical measures to detect the basis of changes to memory when normal brain function is disrupted
Dr. Christine Till
Associate Professor
  • Cognitive and behavioural phenotypes associated with childhood-onset demyelinating disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
  • Structural and functional neuroimaging studies of youth with CNS dysfunction
  • Post-recovery cognitive decline after acquired brain injury
  • Prenatal exposure to neurotoxins and visual development
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
Clinical Developmental
Dr. Gary Turner
Associate Professor
  • Neural correlates of higher cognitive (i.e. executive control) functions in normal aging, brain injury and disease.
  • Neurorehabilitation interventions to enhance cognitive funtioning in normal aging and neurological populations.
  • Integration of brain and behavioural measures in neuropsychological assessment.
  • Assessment of cognitive capacity in real-world settings.
Dr. Magdalena Wojtowicz
(PhD Dalhousie University)
The overall objective of my research program is to improve our understanding of cognitive dysfunction, psychological functioning, as well as mechanisms of compensation and recovery, in patients suffering from neurological disorders.

My current research efforts are focused on mild traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion in civilians, service members and veterans, as well as student and professional athletes. I am pursuing projects focused on 1) understanding how pre-morbid factors influence concussion risk and recovery, and (2) examining potential long-term consequences of multiple concussions and exposure to repetitive head trauma over the lifespan.

Clinical Developmental


Updated on February 15th, 2018.