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 a B.A. in Psychology and a 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. 

Undergraduate Students

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Sarah MacIsaac

I received my B.A. honours degree in Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience from UNB in the spring of 2022. I am currently a Canada Summer Jobs research assistant, and completed a basic research project, honours thesis, and previous research assistantship with Dr. Whitford. While I enjoy several areas of psychology, I am most passionate about cognition and language. I am the co-chair of the Jack.org UNB Chapter, a peer mentor for the faculty of arts, and work as family support worker.

Kate MacGregor

I am an undergraduate student going into my third year 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. Through this experience I hope to explore my curiosity of neuroscience specializations within psychology as well as learn about various experimental techniques.

Gabrielle Levasseur

I graduated this spring and completed my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology at UNB. Last winter, I had the opportunity to start working under the supervision of Dr. Whitford for my basic research project. I am now a research assistant in her laboratory working on various interesting and exciting projects related to language acquisition and literacy. 

Victoria Matthews

I am an undergraduate student going into my fourth year of pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology. I completed my basic research project with Dr. Whitford and will be completing my honours thesis in her lab as well. While I am interested in many areas of psychology, I am most passionate about cognition, language development, and behavioural neuroscience.

Past Members

Emma Toole: Undergraduate research assistant, UNB (2022)

Yara Baroumi: Undergraduate research assistant & independent research student, UNB (2021-2022)

Courtney Stacey: Undergraduate honours student, UNB (2021-2022)

Alaina McInnes: Independent research student, UNB (2021)

Kyle Murphy: Independent 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:
Independent 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 & independent research student, UTEP (2018-2019)

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

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