Primary Investigator

Sylvain Gagnon, Ph.D

Dr. Gagnon is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa and heads the laboratory. Research interests include cognitive aging, neuropsychology of aging, driving simulation and conscious and unconscious learning processes. Click here to view his CV. Dr. Gagnon teaches cognition, statistics, psychosocial aspects of aging, biology and physiology of aging.

Graduate Students

Alexandre Bélanger, M.A.

BA in psychology: Université du Québec à Trois Rivières

MA in psychology:Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Alexandre is in his sixth year of a Ph.D in clinical psychology. His thesis investigates the virtual driving performance of older adults. e-mail: abela073@uottawa.ca

Melissa Brasgold

MB.A. Honors in psychology: Concordia University

Melissa is in her fifth year of the doctoral program in experimental psychology. Her research focuses on the cognitive changes associated with aging and more specifically on explicit and implicit memory processes in older adults. Her dissertation aims to identify the cognitive underpinnings associated with a visual-spatial form of sequence learning. Her goal is to determine why older adults experience deficits with this form of learning with the hope that potential preventative measures may be established. In addition to her research, she is also involved in teaching at the University of Ottawa and currently she is instructing several courses in Gerontology, which are closely related to her investigations. She has received a University of Ottawa entrance Scholarship, a University of Ottawa excellence scholarship, a CIHR Institute of Aging Master's Award and an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association as well as the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) and she has collaborated on and produced several publications and conference presentations. For additional information or to contact Melissa, please email her at: mbras088@uottawa.ca

Stephanie Yamin

BSc. in psychology: Concordia University

Stephanie is in her fourth year of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Her research focuses on differentiating the cognitive deficits associated with early Lewy Bodies Disease from early Alzheimer's disease. Most of her clinical experience has been with the geriatric population, specifically in neuropsychology. She has received a University of Ottawa entrance Scholarship, a FQRSC scholarship for her masters, as well as a CIHR scholarship for her Ph.D. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association as well as the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) and she has collaborated on and produced several publications and conference presentations. For additional information or to contact Stephanie, please email her at: syami088@uottawa.ca

Arne Stinchcombe

BA in psychology: Lakehead University

Arne is in his third year of the graduate program in experimental psychology. His research interests include the use of driving simulators in the evaluation of driving competency as well as investigating eye movements in response to simulated and on-road driving events. Arne loves to make new friends, so feel free to email him astin020@uottawa.ca

Melanie Joanisse

BSc in psychology: University of Ottawa

Melanie is in her third year of her post-graduate studies in clinical psychology. Her research interests range from the study of long term spatio-visual memory traces in young adults to the analysis of compensation measures of healthy older adults. Due to her clinical orientation, Melanie is also interested in exploring the psychosocial aspects related to older drivers' driving performance. She has received NSERC funding in order to pursue her research.

Dominique Gosselin

e-mail: dgoss085@uottawa.ca

BSc in psychology: University of Ottawa

Dominique is in her first year of her post-graduate studies in clinical psychology.

Research Assistants

Patricia Montembeault

BA Candidate in psychology: University of Ottawa

e-mail: patricia_montembeault@hotmail.com

Jane Zhang

BA Candidate in psychology: University of Ottawa

e-mail: jzhan097@uottawa.ca

Damilola Abitoye

BASc in software engineering: University of Ottawa

Dami is the indispensable program developer and programmer here at the lab! e-mail: damiabi@gmail.com