Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, ON M1C 1A4
Current directions in the lab utilize behavioural and physiological measures to examine the relationship between chronic life stress (early life adversity, current life stress) and acute stress (employing psychosocial laboratory procedures) on reward processing in young adulthood, and how factors such as anxiety and impulsivity impact these relationships. We also examine how these relationships relate to substance use, and may inform our understanding of addiction vulnerability. This work extends naturally from our work focused on an examination of the relationship between stress and drug-induced behaviours, including drug seeking and drug taking, in rodent models. As well, this work is an extension of our work examining the relationship between maternal experience and sensitivity to psychostimulants in adulthood using rodent models.