Emma Duerden, PhD is the scientific lead of the Developing Brain research program. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and a Core Member of the Brain & Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a member of the graduate program in Biomedical Engineering. She did her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University. She completed her Master's degree in Neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Dr. Duerden then trained at University of Montreal for her PhD in Neuroscience. Her postdoctoral fellowship was in developmental paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON). She then later worked as a Research Associate & Senior Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Neurology.
Diane Seguin, PhD, is currently a post doc in the Developing Brain and Cognitive Neurophysiology labs. Her graduate work at the University of Toronto focused on the effects of low-dose fetal alcohol on social behaviors using a pre-clinical model. Diane’s post doctoral work is building on her research interests in neurodevelopmental disorders. She is currently studying social communication and eye gaze behaviours in children with autism spectrum disorders using eye-tracking and neuroimaging methods.
Jianan Chen finished his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Western University. His undergraduate thesis project focused on testing automatic segmentation algorithm on MR images. He is currently a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering. His graduate thesis project will continue to focus on MR images.
Wenyu Huang is a second-year masters student in the Faculty of Education. She finished her undergraduate degree in Education at the Learning Science Centre in Southeast University, China with a thesis project focused on STEM. She is interested in understanding students’ learning through the perspective of neuroscience, and is currently pursuing educational research with eye-tracking and brain-imaging techniques.
Lingkai Tang completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Northwestern Polytechincal University, China, in 2015. He recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters of Science. His Masters thesis focused on automatic diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder with brain networks. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering and his project will focus on comparing MRI and fNIRS data for neuroimaging studies.
Elizabeth is a Masters student in School and Applied Child Psychology at Western. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Concordia University of Edmonton, after which she moved to Hamilton. Elizabeth has worked with children with ASD doing ABA therapy, as well as a residential counsellor for adults with disabilities. In her current research she is interested in how early adversity impacts cognitive outcomes and mental health in children with ASD.
Rachel Thorburn recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She completed her undergraduate thesis on children’s beliefs about counterintuitive information. She is currently researching brain imaging techniques in infants at risk of brain injury, and hopes to pursue graduate studies in educational psychology.
Susana Correa is currently in her third year of her undergraduate Health Sciences degree. She’s interested in researching social communication deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her long-term goal is to pursue a career in medicine.
Emma Truffyn completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Concentration in Forensic Psychology) at St. Francis Xavier University in 2018, and is currently completing her M.A Counselling Psychology degree at Western University. Her M.A thesis is examining whether adolescents who have experienced childhood maltreatment express their non-suicidal self-injury in unique ways (direct vs. indirect forms). Within the Developing Brain Lab she assists in the preparation of manuscripts related to neonatal pain and conducts extensive literature reviews. She hopes to pursue her Ph.D as it relates to risk and protective factors of child and youth mental health, and build upon her clinical skills.
Ann Clendenning is currently in her third year of her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at the University of Waterloo. Within the Developing Brain Lab she is interested in researching neural patterns associated with learning multiliteracy information in adolescents. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in the field of neuroscience.