Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
The Neural Basis of Low-Dose versus Normal-Dose Psychostimulants on Executive Functions in Youth with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Our work integrates behavioural, neuroanatomical, and genetic approaches to study cognitive abilities (called ‘executive functions’) dependent on prefrontal cortex (PFC) from their earliest beginnings throughout the lifespan in clinical and "normal" populations. Our methods include: neurocognitive testing, even of infants; functional neuroimaging (fMRI); preschool and school interventions; and molecular genetic analyses. We study the neural bases, genetic and neurochemical modulation, modification by the environment of executive functions and how they can become derailed in disorders. We hope our work might aid the understanding, prevention, and treatment of major mental disorders. Our work has already led to worldwide improvements in the treatment of a genetic disorder (PKU) and a developmental disorder (ADHD), thereby improving children's lives. Our research also has educational implications and has affected early education worldwide.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
In traumatized youth, can prefrontal cortex communication with the amygdala be restored by a stress-reduction program (e.g., Niroga’s yoga-based mindfulness program)?
Are the benefits of music for improving executive functions (EFs), mood, and quality of life greater when the experience of listening to the music is socially shared?
Can the benefits of listening to the spoken word be as great as those of listening to music for EFs, mood, and quality of life?
Modeling gonadal hormone and COMT genotype modulation of the effects of mild stress on EFs pharmacologically with low-dose methylphenidate
Will individuals be more emotionally invested in EF training if they have a say in shaping the training activity and will that translate into greater EF benefits?
Social Neuroscience of Human-Animal Interaction
Executive Function in Preschool-age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment and Translational Research
Annals of Sports Medicine and Researc
Journal of Neuroscience
Journal of Neuroscience