Graduate Students

Cindy Tao, PhD Candidate, MSc, BSc (Hons), Queen’s University

My research examines the complex relationships between acute stress and sex on reward processing
using both behavioural and neurobiological methods. I aim to reconcile previous disparate findings by using
a consistent study design across various stressor types in order to assess the different facets of reward
processing. Outside of the lab, my hobbies include baking, hiking, and art history.


Ivana Dewi, PhD Student, MA, BSc (Hons), University of Toronto

I am a doctorate student co-supervised by Marc Fournier. My research interests lie at the intersection
of the fields of behavioural and personality psychology. Broadly, I am interested in the relationship
between impulsivity and interpersonal factors as they impact negative life outcomes such as substance
use and problems gambling. In my spare time, I like to listen to music and travel.


Nayani Ramakrishnan, PhD Candidate, MA, BSc (Hons), University of Toronto

Broadly, my PhD work aims to understand the psychological processes governing human behaviour in response
to childhood adversity. In particular, I plan to employ a multi-method approach to elucidate the relationship
between childhood adversity and substance use problems in emerging adults by examining factors such as
reward-related processes and impulsivity. During my spare time I enjoy playing the keyboard, photography,
and interior design.




Work Study Students: 
Sujaiya Tiba
Zoe Lam
Current Research Assistants: 
Elaine Hoan
Ashmita Mazumder
Alyssa Ormerod
Farhat Ullah
Selina Zhang

Former Research Assistants: 
Brittney Hatton
Jason Lam
Anuj Mehta
Akshaniya Mohanrajah
Sankave Muraleetharan
Arunan Suthananthan

Graduate Student Alumni
Olivia Tiberio, MA (University of Toronto)
David Nguyen, PhD (University of Toronto)
Aya Sasaki, MSc. (Duke University), BSc. (University of Washington)
Sarah Johnson, PhD (University of Toronto)
David Kupferschmidt, PhD (University of Toronto)
Zenya Brown, PhD (University of Toronto)
Franca Placenza, PhD (University of Toronto) 

Photos by Adam Frost