Year of Entry: 2019
Graduate Program: Neuroscience
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Synthia Guimond & Dr. Lauri Tuominen
My life experiences have inspired a passion for research and medicine, especially as it pertains to mental health. I’m a fulfilled husband and father, and I greatly enjoy spending time with my family. I aspire to become a clinician-researcher and mental health advocate to make a difference in our health care system and society at large.
My Honours Thesis explored the temporal sequencing of depressive symptoms, peer victimization and self-esteem across adolescence using structural equation modelling, and I found evidence for a Self-Perception Driven Model, whereby low self-esteem would lead to increased depressive symptoms, which, in turn, would predict victimization by adolescent peers. These results highlighted the importance of helping youth form a healthy identity that promotes positive mental health and peer relations, and the need to intervene with depressed, victimized, and at-risk adolescents to instill positive self-regard.
More recently, I’ve been interested in the neurobiological causes of psychiatric illnesses as assessed by neuroimaging modalities. For my PhD, I will investigate the role of the cholinergic system in the cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia using [18F]FEOBV PET and working memory related fMRI
Admission Scholarship – Doctorate (2020)