My research seeks to understand how common study strategies influence encoding and retrieval processes, and to apply that understanding to improve memory and cognitive performance. I also investigate how encoding and retrieval factors, such as context and task, shape memory and the subjective experiences that arise during cognitive processing.
Recent projects in my lab focus on the utility of a production (i.e., reading aloud) strategy, and of other simple study strategies such as highlighting, for improving learning and memory.
Most recently, my lab has also begun to explore the influence of art-therapy interventions such as drawing on voluntary and involuntary memory for traumatic events, and on PTSD symptomology.
I am seeking new HDR students for 2022.
PhD Cognitive Psychology, University of Victoria, Canada 2000
MSc Cognitive Psychology, University of Victoria, Canada 1997
BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Winnipeg, Canada 1994
Great Supervisor Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary, Canada 2016
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Teaching Academy, University of Calgary, Canada 2016
Curriculum Development Award, University of Calgary, Canada 2016
Outstanding Research Award, EMDR International Association 2009
Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary, Canada 2003
Teaching Program Director, Psychology
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