Our Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Nicole Anderson

I received my AB in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988, my MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1993, and my PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1997. I also became registered as a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology in 2000. I joined the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest as a Scientist in 2001 and was promoted to Senior Scientist in 2010. In addition, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Toronto in 1999 and 2001, respectively, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008, and to Professor in 2019. I am currently also Director of the Ben & Hilda Katz Interprofessional Research Centre in Geriatric and Dementia Care and Associate Scientific Director of the Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness at Baycrest. I am a Fellow of Division 20 (Aging) of the American Psychological Association, of the Psychonomic Society, and of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America. My research program focuses on improving our understanding of how memory and other cognitive functions are affected in healthy and pathological aging and on developing interventions to maintain brain health.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Rachel Rabi

I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Nicole Anderson, Dr. Claude Alain and Dr. Lynn Hasher to examine changes in sensory and cognitive inhibition that accompany healthy and pathological aging (e.g., mild cognitive impairment) using ERP. I received my Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Western Ontario. There, my research examined category learning across the lifespan, with a particular focus on how age-related changes in executive functioning impact categorization performance.

Graduate Students

Evi Myftaraj

I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto, with my focus in cognitive neuroscience. I also have a Specialized Honours BA in Psychology from York University. My current project involves measuring the feeling of familiarity in adults with aMCI. My goals are to become a professor of psychology, as well as continue researching topics in cognition.

Matt McPhee

I am a pre-doctoral intern in Neuropsychology in the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health department at Baycrest. I am working with Dr. Nicole Anderson to examine factors that are associated with successful cognitive aging. I completed my B.Sc. in psychology and my M.A. in clinical psychology at the University of Toronto. I am in the process of completing my Ph.D. and my dissertation was completed at the University of Toronto in the Psychological Clinical Science department. There, I studied the effects of acute alcohol consumption on cognitive abilities (response inhibition) and the consequences that follow from those effects (e.g., further alcohol consumption). 

Undergraduate Students

Aathmika Nandan

I am a fourth-year student pursuing a Specialist in Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. My research interests lie in clinical, cognitive, and social psychology. I’m currently doing my Honours Thesis at the Anderson lab using a recognition-without-awareness paradigm to better understand feelings of familiarity. My hobbies include swimming and travelling.

Mercy Xuhe Luo

I am a fourth-year student specializing in Psychology at the University of Toronto. I will graduate with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in the summer of 2022 and pursue my graduate studies in Social Psychology at New York University. My research interests lie in the area of social cognition such as person perception. Currently, I am a UTEA-SHH award holder and studying a psychological phenomenon called “hepeating” (a man repeats and gets credit for an idea that was first presented by a woman). Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling, swimming, and visiting art museums.

Staff

Mariam Sidrak

I completed my bachelors of science degree with a double major in Anthropology and Health Sciences. After a one year internship at Baycrest I joined the Anderson lab as a staff member in 2013. I assist with most studies and am responsible for supervising volunteers and training new lab members on neuropsych evaluations. When I am not in the lab I enjoy traveling and am an avid reader.

Noah Koblinsky

I am a exercise physiologist and project coordinator at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and psychology from York University (2009) and a master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario (2011) where my thesis work researched the effects of aerobic exercise on cognitive function and gait in older adults. Currently, I coordinate the Lifestyle, Exercise, and Diet (LEAD) study which investigates the effects of a combined exercise and nutrition intervention on brain health in older adults with memory concerns. This is a multi-site study which is predominantly based at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s cardiac centre where I am also an integral team member on a study examining high intensity interval aerobic and strength training in stroke patients. I am a passionate waterskiier and waterski coach, and my hobbies include camping, rock climbing, and playing guitar.

Tiffany Paquin

I will be graduating this summer with an undergraduate degree in Specialized Honours in Human Resources Management at York University. Previously, I’ve earned a DEC in Psychology at Dawson College in Montréal, Québec. I currently work as a research assistant at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute under Dr. Nicole Anderson’s wing. My future aspiration is to be an Industrial Psychologist where I can explore the realm of organizational behaviour. My hobbies include travelling and living a healthy lifestyle.

Alumni

Post Doctoral Fellows

Annalise D’Souza: Sept 2019 – Aug 2021 → Post Doctoral Fellow at McGill University

Amanda Lash: Sept 2014 – Aug 2016 → Senior Cognitive Psychologist at MobLab, Los Angeles, California

Liesel-Ann Meusel: Oct 2011 – Dec 2016 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Lad & Associates and Neuropsychologist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Suzanne Cook: Sept 2010 – Aug 2012 → Program Quality and Curriculum Developer at Seneca College

Alexandra Fiocco:  2010 – 2011 → Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Eilon Caspi: Sept 2010 – Dec 2010 → Founder and Director of Dementia Behavior Consulting LLC

Regina Jokel: Sept 2006 – July 2009 → Clinician Associate at Rotman Research Institute

Patricia Ebert: Sept 2005 – July 2007 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Rockyview General Hospital

Doctoral Students

Patcharaporn (Nok) Srisaikaew: Visiting Graduate Student Jan 2020 – May 2021 → Postdoctoral Fellow at University Health Network

Patricia Marshall: Dec 2015 – Aug 2016 → Research Methodologist at Numeris

Brandon Vasquez: Sept 2010 – Apr 2016 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health, Baycrest

Andree-Ann Cyr: Nov 2008 – Jun 2015 → Assistant Professor at Glendon Campus York University

Emma Guild: Nov 2008 – Jul 2013 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jett Psychological Services

Stephanie Daoud: 2008 – 2010 → Correctional Service of Canada

Katherine Krpan: Sept 2004 – Jul 2009 → Lecturer at University of Chicago

Tobi Lubinsky: Aug 2004 – Aug 2007 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Kurzman and Associates and Neuropsychologist at Toronto Rehab Institute

Masters Students

Patricia Marshall: Sept 2014 – Dec 2015 → Research Methodologist at Numeris

Lorraine van Zon: 2013 – 2014 → Elementary School Teacher

William Yuen: Sept 2011 – Sept 2013

Emma Guild: 2007 – 2009 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jett Psychological Services

Andree-Ann Cyr: 2007 – 2008 → Assistant Professor at Glendon Campus York University

Tobi Lubinsky: 2002 – 2004 → Clinical Neuropsychologist at Kurzman and Associates and Neuropsychologist at Toronto Rehab Institute

Research Supervision

Smeet Solanki: May 2021 – Aug 2021, Summer Student

Kevin Tang: May 2019 – Aug 2019, Summer Student

Brahm Sanger: May 2019 – Aug 2019, Summer Student

Elizabeth Baker-Sullivan: May 2019 – Aug 2019, Summer Student

Brahm Sanger: Sept 2018 – Apr 2019, Thesis Student

Haley Gabel: Jun 2018 – Aug 2018, Summer Student

Elizabeth Baker-Sullivan: May 2018 – Aug 2018, Summer Student

Brahm Sanger: Sept 2017 – Apr 2018, Co-op Student

Priyammiya Shanmugathas: Sept 2017 – Apr 2018, Thesis Student

Omar Rafai: Nov 2014 – Apr 2015, Human Biology Intern

Rhandi Christensen: May 2014 – Aug 2014, CREMs Student

Mariam Sidrak: Nov 2012 – Apr 2013, Human Biology Intern

Nisha Kansal: 2012, Summer Student 

Maria Simone: 2011, Summer Student

Vinay Kansal: 2010; 2011, Summer Student 

Amanda Lo: 2010, Summer Student

Carly Goodman: 2010, Summer Student 

Linda Truong: 2008 – 2009, Thesis Student 

Julia Czyzo: 2008 – 2009, Independent Project 

Karen Lau: 2007 – 2008, Thesis Student

Farah Budhani: 2005; 2006; 2007, Summer Student 

Anna Tse: 2005 – 2006, Thesis Student 

Mira Rizkalla: 2005 – 2006, Co-op Student

Shon Shum: 2005, Independent Project

Eli Newman: 2005, Summer Student 

Cherylyn Dickson: 2003 – 2004, Independent Project

Bonnie Lum: 2001, Summer Student