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Lab Director

Veronica Whitford, Ph.D.

I am an Associate Professor and NSERC Canada Research Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from McGill University. Afterward, I completed two post-doctoral fellowships in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. The first was at the University of Western Ontario (Department of Psychology, Brain and Mind Institute), and the second was at Harvard University (Graduate School of Education) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute for Brain Research). I then was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) before joining UNB.


Graduate Students

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Narissa Byers

I am a current MA/PhD student in Experimental Psychology. I completed a basic research project, honours thesis, and NSERC USRA internship with Dr. Whitford. While I enjoy a variety of research areas, my main interests are cognitive psychology, mainly reading and executive functioning, with a focus on clinical populations and brain imaging techniques.

Erika Guedea

I am a current MA/PhD student in Experimental Psychology. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso, where I investigated bilingual language processing and cognition. Under Dr. Veronica Whitford’s supervision, I continue to expand on this line of research and explore how individual differences in language learning contexts, proficiency, and cognition shape online language processing in both typically and atypically developing populations. 

Courtney Stacey

I am first-year Experimental Psychology graduate student at UNB. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology (Neuroscience Specialization) from UNB. I completed my honours thesis and NSERC USRA under Dr. Whitford's supervision. Through my professional and personal experiences, I have developed a passion for providing support, education, and motivation for people impacted by various medical obstacles. I feel strongly about the impacts that cognitive disabilities and neurodegenerative disorders have on an individual’s daily activities and quality of life. I plan on investigating experimental psychology, specifically pertaining to cognitive neuroscience.

Undergraduate Students

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Kate MacGregor

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at UNB pursuing a concurrent Arts & Science double degree with an interest in Biology for my B.Sc. and Psychology for my B.A. I worked as a Canada Summer Jobs research assistant in Dr. Whitford’s lab in 2021 and I was awarded an NSERC USRA in her lab for the summer of 2022. I have worked as a part-time research assistant in her lab since 2022. Through these experiences, I hope to explore my curiosity of neuroscience within psychology and biology, as well as learn about various experimental techniques.

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Hanna MacFarlane

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at UNB pursuing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology (Neuroscience Specialization). I am currently completing my honours thesis with Dr. Whitford, looking at the eye movement patterns that children with ADHD exhibit while reading. Although I love psychology, I am most interested in language development and language disorders. I am planning to apply to various speech-language pathology graduate programs after I graduate this May!

Jayden Roberts

I am a current BSc student at UNB and completing my Honours in Psychology (Neuroscience Specialization) with Dr. Whitford and the help of her graduate students, Narissa and Courtney. We are investigating executive functioning in young adults with and without a family history of Alzheimer's disease. I have a passion for cognitive psychology, particularly visual memory and cognitive aging, and will be continuing my education through UNB's Experimental Psychology graduate program next fall.

Emma Hynes

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at UNB pursuing an Honours BSc in Psychology (Neuroscience Specialization). Currently, I am working on my thesis under the supervision of Dr. Whitford and this summer I have received an NSERC USRA and will continue working with the lab. In the future, I hope to continue to graduate school in clinical psychology to learn to administer and interpret psychological tests.

Caitlin Quinn

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UNB pursuing a B.Sc degree in Psychology. Currently, I am working as a basic research student in Dr. Whitford’s lab. Through the progression of my degree, I have become interested in the field of language development and cognition in older adults. Over the next couple years, I hope to explore that interest and pursue a career in speech-language pathology. 

Gabi Nash Landry

I am currently a third year student at UNB pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I'm working as a basic research student under the supervision of Dr Whitford. I am hoping to investigate chronotype and executive functioning in children.

Past Members

Brianna Burns: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2023)

Sarah MacIsaac: Undergraduate basic research student, honours student, research assistant, and lab manager, UNB (2020-2023)

Victoria Matthews: Undergraduate basic research student, research assistant, and honours student, UNB (2021-2023)

Shaila Levi-Hachey: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2023)

Annabelle Strahsberger: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2023)

Madeline Wiseman: Undergraduate honours student, UNB (2022-2023)

Büke Dalkir: Undergraduate basic research student and research assistant, UNB (2022-2023)

Nicole Acupinpin: Undergraduate basic research student and research assistant, UNB (2022-2023)

Gabrielle Levasseur: Undergraduate basic research student and research assistant, UNB (2021-2022)

Emma Toole: Undergraduate research assistant, UNB (2022)

Yara Baroumi: Undergraduate research assistant and basic research student, UNB (2021-2022)

Alaina McInnes: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2021)

Kyle Murphy: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2021)

Samantha Shaw: Undergraduate honours student and research assistant, UNB (2020-2021)

Lauryn Munro: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2020)

Mallory Pittman: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2020)

Clarice Hoe Sue Yeen: Undergraduate basic research student, UNB (2020)

Arti Prajapati: Undergraduate work-study research assistant, UNB (2019-2020)

Astrid Portillo: Clinical Psychology M.A. student, UTEP (2018-2020)

Alejandra Gonzalez: Undergraduate research assistant, UTEP (2018-2019)

Raymond Mendoza: Undergraduate research assistant, UTEP (2018-2019)

Marjorie Rouse: Undergraduate research assistant and independent research student, UTEP (2018-2019)

Yassel Sanchez Romero: Independent research student, UTEP (2018-2019)

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