Dana A. Hayward, Principal Investigator
Dana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. She completed her PhD at McGill University (Montréal, QC), investigating the purported uniqueness of social attention, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Concordia University (Montréal, QC), researching the link between brain morphometry, neural activity, and behaviour.
Honours Students/Independent Project Students
Hi, my name is Kaitlynn and I’m currently in my third year of the honours program in psychology. This is my first year in the VASP lab, and I’m looking forward to gaining hands on experience in research. Currently, I am interested in looking at how individual variation in autism traits affects attention.
Jingru (Helen) Ha
My name is Helen and I am a third-year psychology specialization student. This is my first year working in the VASP lab. I'm excited to apply class concepts to conducting research and to learn more about the psychology research field in general. My research area focuses mainly on social attention and how certain social factors may affect an individual's attention.
My name is Devon and I am a fourth-year Honors psychology student. I'm currently doing my thesis in another lab, studying how executive function and the brain develops through the preschool years. I recently joined the VASP lab to learn about eye-tracking and the relationship between social attention and various psychiatric conditions. My role will be to assist with projects, but I will also be independently examining the validity of a commonly used scale to assess social functioning.
My name is Nimrit and I am a third year Research Specialization student in Psychology at the University of Alberta. My current research interests heavily revolve around attention, specifically how certain psychiatric conditions could affect attentional processing. This interest stems from my experience volunteering with individuals with conditions such as autism. This year, in the VASP lab, I will be studying the effects of certain disordered eating on the way they attend to social and nonsocial content.
My name is Sara Sylvestre, and I am currently in my third year of the BSc Honors Psychology program, originally transferring from Red Deer College. This will be my first year conducting research with the VASP lab and my current research interest encompasses the effect of social interactions on attention. I am excited to be a part of the VASP lab team, and I am looking forward to gaining experience in the field of psychology.
Volunteer Research Assistants
My name is Jamie Cundal and I am currently in my third year of University, majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. This will be my first time volunteering in the VASP lab and I am excited to gain direct experience in research and the research process.
My name is Raman Dhaliwal and I am currently a third year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science, majoring in Psychology. This is my first year volunteering for the VASP Lab and I am looking forward to furthering my knowledge in psychology while gaining research experience and skills that will help me as I pursue a career in medicine.
My name is Mackenzie and I am a third year bilingual sciences student studying biological sciences at the Campus Saint-Jean. This is my first year volunteering for the VASP lab and my first time taking part in research at the university. I hope to gain some helpful skills that will allow me to pursue a career in psychology and neuroscience. Currently I am not assigned to a particular project in the lab however I hope to help out with as much as I can behind the scenes!
My name is Amara Hussain and I am currently in my third year in the BA Psychology program at the University of Alberta. I joined the VASP lab to learn about how people with various psychiatric conditions attend to social stimuli and to gain experience in lab research.
Chanelle recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and is continuing her studies as a Special Student. This is her first time volunteering in the VASP lab and she is looking forward to gaining experience in the conduction of research, as well as learning about social processes in individuals with various psychiatric conditions.
Hi, my name is Don. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. I am an Open Studies student at the University of Alberta. This is my first year with the VASP lab. I am looking forward to gaining research experience and working with everyone at the lab!
Ana Simonette Salaveria
My name is Ana Simonette Salaveria and I am a third year student specializing in immunology. I volunteer as an eye-tracking tester. I hope to gain as much research experience as I can in this lab so that in the future, I can conduct my own experiment.
Linda Booij (Concordia University)
Mathieu Landry (McGill University)
Florence Pomares (Concordia University)
Jelena Ristic (McGill University)