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Lab Director

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Anna Weinberg, Ph.D.

Stony Brook University, 2014

Canada Research Chair in Clinical Neuroscience

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology 
McGill University 
anna.weinberg@mcgill.ca 

Office:  2001 McGill College, 1407
          ++1 (514) 398 4672
Lab:     2001 McGill College, 1450

Graduate Students

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Clara Freeman

Clara is a sixth-year PhD student, currently on internship at the VA Minneapolis Health Care System. She completed her B.A. in psychology at Cornell University. Clara is interested in how social information processing and reward relate to depression and other psychopathology across development. 

Funding:

Tomlinson Fellowship, McGill University (2018-2021) 

FRQ-S Ph.D. Funding (2020-2022)

Awards:

SPR Student Poster Award, 2019

Smadar Levin Award, Society for Research in Psychopathology, 2022

Lidia Panier

Lidia is a fourth-year PhD student in the lab. She completed her M.A. (Social Sciences: Psychology) at the University of Chicago. She is interested in the effects of stress on reward processing across depression and anxiety, as well as the unique differences between these internalizing disorders. 

 

Funding:

Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, Graduate Student Fellowship (2021-2022)

FRQ-S Ph.D. Funding (2022-2024)

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Héléna Renault

Héléna is a fourth-year PhD student in the lab. They completed their undergraduate degree (BA, Honours Psychology) at McGill and are interested in how neural responses to reward interact with various types of stress as well as how these factors relate to depression. 

 

Funding

Judith Mappin Fellowship, McGill University (2020, 2022)

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2021)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Doctoral Award  (2023-2026)

Grace Allison

Grace is a third-year PhD student in the TRAC lab. She completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in biobehavioral correlates of reward and threat processing, social functioning, and different facets of stress exposure, as they relate to the development and maintenance of internalizing psychopathology and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors.

Funding

Judith Mappin Fellowship, McGill University (2021)

Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, Graduate Student Fellowship (2022-2023)

FRQ-SC P.h.D Funding (2023-2027)

Awards:

SSCP Distinguished Contribution Award at APS Student Poster Competition, 2022

APS Student Research Award, 2022

Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH) Student Poster Award, 2023 

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Corinne Sejourne (co-mentored)

Corinne is a third-year PhD student working jointly in the TRAC Lab and Behavioural Medicine Lab. She received her undergraduate degree (B.A., Honors, Human Biology) from Brown University. She is interested in developing treatment interventions to promote healthier stress responses in mothers and caregivers as measured by emotional and physiological markers.

 

Funding

Tomlinson Fellowship, McGill University (2021-2023) 

FRQ-SC P.h.D Funding (2023-2027)

Awards: 

Society for Affective Science, Outstanding Poster Honorable Mention, 2022

Alex Argiros 

Alex is a first-year PhD student in the TRAC lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2020 and her M.Ed. in Clinical and Developmental Research from Vanderbilt University in 2023. She is interested in how neural responses to reward, threat, and emotional stimuli interact with social factors and how these factors relate to the development of anxiety and depression.

Funding:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Doctoral Award  (2024-2027)

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Zhixin (Annie) Zhou

Annie is a first-year PhD student in the lab. She completed her B.S. degree at the Ohio State University (Psychology) and M.A. degree (Clinical Psychology) at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is interested in exploring how maternal psychological distress impacts offspring’s brain development and mental health by probing the neurophysiological correlates of cognitive-affective functions.

Funding

Tomlinson Fellowship, McGill University (2023-2025)

Post-docs

Juhyun Park, Ph.D.

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Juhyun is a postdoctoral fellow in the TRAC lab. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is interested in identifying individuals who are vulnerable to depression and anxiety-related disorders using multi-methods (e.g., behavioral/neural measures, clinical interviews, experience sampling method) and advanced statistical methods (e.g., multilevel modeling, mixture modeling). Juhyun is particularly interested in understanding cognitive-affective processes that confer risk for depression and anxiety across lifespan (e.g., emotion regulation, reward and threat sensitivity) and how they interact with contextual factors (e.g., trauma/stress). She will be joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough as an Assistant Professor in July 2024.

 

Funding: 

FRQ-SC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2023-2025)

UC Davis/SDSU ERP Boot Camp Scholarship (2022)


Awards:
American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award, 2020
Association for Psychological Science Student Grant Competition, 2020

Simon Morand-Beaulieu, Ph.D.

Simon is a postdoctoral scholar in the TRAC lab. He earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Université de Montréal, where he studied the brain mechanisms of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with Tourette syndrome. Before joining the lab, he completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. At Yale, Simon studied cognitive control in children with Tourette syndrome and ADHD, as well as tic control through voluntary tic suppression and behavioral therapy. Simon has recently received funding from the Tourette Association of America to begin a new project investigating the neural correlates of anger and irritability in children with Tourette syndrome using EEG. Apart from his work on Tourette syndrome and related conditions, his other interests include the study of how dyadic processes and parent-child interactions may impact child and adolescent mental health.


Funding:
CIHR Fellowship (2020-2023)
Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome, Tourette Association of America & American Brain Foundation, in partnership with the American Academy of Neurology (2022-2024)

 

Awards:

FRQS Étudiant-chercheur Étoile Award (2017)

Lab Managers

Connie Yun

Connie has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at McGill University. She is interested in exploring the relevance of cultural differences within the field of psychology. In particular, she is interested in understanding the trajectories of psychopathology in minoritized groups. Her future plans involve pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology and she hopes to eventually become a clinical research psychologist. 

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Elisabeth Irvine

Elisabeth graduated with her BSc in Psychology from McGill University, and she has been enjoying her time exploring her research interests and expanding her skills with the TRAC Lab. Elisabeth is interested in the ways our social networks and communication skills impact our mental health (and vice versa) and how our understanding of these connections can be used to inform clinical treatment. Elisabeth looks forward to deepening her understanding through graduate studies and hopes to one day earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Research Assistants

Ryan Freedman

Ryan is in his second year of his undergraduate degree (B.Sc., Honours Psychology and Minor in Neuroscience) at McGill University. He is excited to gain experience at the TRAC lab by completing his honours thesis and volunteering as a Research Assistant. He is interested in learning more about depression, stress, and their connection to different neural responses. He is interested in pursuing medical school or graduate studies.  

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Niru N.

Niru is a second-year undergraduate student, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Honours Psychology, and minors in World Cinemas and in East Asian Language and Literature. Their main interest is in learning about the neural processes involved in psychopathology. They are excited to pursue a career in research and to expand their knowledge in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. 

Katherine Li

Katherine is a second-year undergraduate student at Mcgill University in Honours Psychology and minoring in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences. She is fascinated and passionate about the behavioural sciences as a whole, but is particularly interested in studying the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, the therapeutic potentials of psychedelics, the intergenerational transmission of risk, and the like. She hopes to pursue further studies and research in clinical psychology or psychiatry. 

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Maya Ladki

Maya is in her final year, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies. She is interested in the interplay between social and cognitive-affective influences of development, particularly with regards to emotional dysregulation, the behaviours it may produce or influence, and the implications that these factors may have in interpersonal relationships during adolescence and emerging adulthood. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

Yijae Kim

Yijae is a U3 psychology student minoring in German languages at McGill university. At the TRAC lab, she is excited to learn more about EEG and its diverse use within different fields in psychology this year. Her research interests involve personality and well-being, and developmental psychopathology. After graduating, Yijae hopes to continue doing interdisciplinary research in psychology.

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Zoe Bishop

Zoe is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology major and a Sociology minor. She is interested in how developmental psychopathology and sociology can intersect. Specifically, Zoe would like to examine the connection between adolescent psychopathology onset and social problems, including poverty, disparity, and discrimination. She is eager to step out of her comfort zone, expand her skill set, and gain experience working with EEG. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Child Psychology or clinical psychology.

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Sophie Touma-Sawaya

Sophie is a fourth-year undergraduate psychology student at McGill University with a
minor in Behavioural Science. She is interested in studying the intersection between
psychopathologies and underlying neural mechanisms, especially those related to substance use disorders. Sophie is passionate about enhancing the mental health landscape through innovative research, advocacy, and compassionate care. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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Joelle Nesdale-Tucker

Joelle is in her last year of a Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology major and a double minor in Behavioural Science and Sociology. She is enjoying learning how to work with EEG at the TRAC Lab. Her research interests include psychopathology and neurodiversity. She is passionate about advancing wellness through evidence-based and compassionate care. Joelle plans to pursue graduate studies and is considering a combined master's in counselling and clinical psychology. 

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Aidan Schottler-Raymond

Aidan recently graduated from McGill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. At the TRAC lab, he is excited to explore the neural correlates of cognitive-affective processes involved in internalizing psychopathology. His research interests include exploring potential biomarkers of vulnerability towards developing mood disorders, and the usage of biological/neural measures for precise classifications of psychopathology in line with dimensional models. 

In the future, he hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. 

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Kate Woolliams

Kate recently graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Behavioural Science. Her research interests range from the common underlying mechanisms between internalizing disorders, to metadehumanization in women, to better capturing treatment outcome disparities between minority groups. She is passionate about expanding access to affordable evidence-based treatment to underserved communities. Kate plans to pursue a Master’s in counselling psychology to achieve this goal.

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Alexandru Cebotari

Alexandru is in the last year of his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Honours Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. In the TRAC lab, he is excited to learn more about EEG methodology and how it can be applied to studying psychopathology.  After his final year, he is interested in pursuing studies in clinical psychology or medicine.

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Qifan (Tina) Zhang

Tina is currently a U3 student and will be graduating soon from McGill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Behavioral Science. She enjoys learning EEG techniques and working with participants at the TRAC Lab. Her research interests include psychopathology, neural biomarkers for psychiatric disorders, and existential psychotherapy. She is passionate about combining phenomenological concepts with psychological research for well-being enhancement. Tina plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology or psychiatry.

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Graduate Student Alumni

Paige Ethridge, Ph.D.: Clinical Psychologist, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton

Aislinn Sandre, Ph.D.: Post-doc at Columbia University, Teacher's College

Iulia Banica, Ph.D.: Clinical Psychologist, Ontario Shores Centre of Mental Health Sciences

Undergraduate Alumni

Enqi Wang

Leila Rafai

Brigida Bono

Anna Walls

Melissa Shemirani

Marc-Antoine Brosseau

Aralia Mills

Alyssa Bensoussan

Samantha Villedrouin

Chaimaa El Mouslih

Martin Sellier Silva

Loran Carpentier (Clinical Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Seonwoo Hong (Clinical Psychology, University of British Columbia)

Lidie Silva Andres

Anaïs Mortazavi Zadeh

Lara El-Zein

Arianna McCagg

Zeina Moussa

Mila Goulon

Mica Ostry

Sonya Akberdina

Lunaa Hao

Maya Ahia (Clinical Psychology, University of Toronto) 

Joelle Schaffer (Clinical Psychology, Toronto Metropolitan University)

Jasmine Kotsiopoulus (Master of Arts in Research and Clinical Training in Psychology, Concordia University)

Ghislaine Niyonkuru (Clinical Psychology, University of Ottawa) 

Talia Schroeder (lab coordinator, Dr. Sarah Racine's lab, McGill University)

Lina Badran 

Helen Liu 

Fiona Sewall

Chloe White (Clinical Psychology, Simon Fraser University)

Viveca Lee (research assistant, Eating Disorders Continuum, Douglas Hospital)

Alexandra MacTavish (graduate student, child clinical psychology, University of Windsor)

Kiki Brabander (graduate student, Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University)

Ella Christiaans (graduate student, Educational Psychology, McGill University)

Fauzia Saiyed (Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at Lehigh University)

Claire Punturieri (graduate student, Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin)

Ariel Boyle (graduate student, Clinical Psychology, Concordia University)

Iman Lahouaoula (medical student, UBC)

Erin Matsuba (graduate student, psychology, Syracuse University)

Manlu Liu (graduate student, University of British Columbia)

Jamie Borenstein-Laurie (graduate student, Clinical Psychology, Concordia University)

Emma Stewart (graduate student, Clinical Psychology, University of Western Ontario)

Benazir Hodzic-Santor (medical student, University of Toronto)

Insub Kim (graduate student, Stanford University)

Tiana Corovic (law school, University of Toronto)

Agnessa Karapetian (PhD student in cognitive computational neuroscience, Einstein Center for Neurosciences, Berlin)

Julia Ferrone (graduate student, PsyD in School Psychology, Adelphi University)

Nicole Ledwos (graduate student, integrated program in neuroscience, McGill University)

Hazal Ozlen (project manager, Villeneuve lab, the Douglas)

Anne Baptiste (graduate student, Concordia University)

Emily Snook (medical student, University of Toronto)

Mert Kimyaci (research assistant in the Regulation, Affect and Development Lab, McGill University)

Wendy Wang

Sasha Novozhilova

Seffie Yip

David Figeuroa Perez

Jiaqi Zhao

Erica Di Caprio

Veronica Rusu

Emily Demers

Karin Cinalioglu

Charlene Osei-Afrifa

Ruby Atesoglu

Alison Yang

Sarah Bernier 

Emilie Hess

Blair Lavery

Dila Bilal

Catherine Labasi-Sammartino

Christine Koppenaal

​Samantha Scholes

Sarah Lefebvre

Margot Kelly-Hedrick

Christine Koppenaal

Charles LaPierre

Shannon Dawe

Sarah Sieur

Kelly Cool

Jennifer Burns

Shona Mistry

Sasha Topilova

Zainab Yahya

Bettina Trabelsi

Rachel Shepherd

Katie Mound

Ellie Basra

Oliver Huang

Friends &

Collaborators

Autumn Kujawa, Vanderbilt University

Melanie Dirks, McGill University

Anja Riesel, University Hamburg

Sarah Racine, McGill University

Alexis May, Wesleyan University

Greg Hajcak, Florida State University

Roman Kotov, Stony Brook University

Stewart Shankman, Northwestern University

E. David Klonsky, University of British Columbia

Christopher Patrick, Florida State University

Norbert Kathmann, Humboldt University

Dan Foti, Purdue University 

Signy Sheldon, McGill University

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