Current Lab Members

IMG_3234 Heather Neyedli – Principal Investigator 

Associate Professor – KinesiologySchool of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
Crosslistings: Industrial Engineering, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University


Post Doc – Plasticity Group – Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) – University of Oxford
PhD – Action and Attention Lab Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education – University of Toronto
M.A.Sc – Cognitive Engineering Laboratory  – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering – University of Toronto
B.Sc –KinesiologySchool of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie

Science Related Interests: Heather’s research broadly investigates how humans select, plan and execute actions and more particularly how humans optimize their performance in terms of these actions in a variety of environments. She uses statistical decision making models to assess decision making through action selection in laboratory-based tasks as well as in applied settings. Her research also aims to investigate and improve the performance of human and technology systems with previous work investigating a range of applications from combat identification systems to prevent friendly-fire to brain-computer interfaces to provide neurofeedback for stroke patients.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Rugby, Weightlifting and Cooking

Contact: / Twitter @HeatherNeyedli

Chris Holland – PhD Student

Educational Background:

MSc kinesiology- School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
BSc kinesiology- School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: Chris is a PhD candidate studying Experimental Neuroscience. He ended up in Halifax to peruse an academic background in Kinesiology, taking both his undergraduate and Masters degree programs at Dalhousie. He has been fortunate to be able to pursue his interest in the use of technology in health sciences, specifically with a focus on neuroimaging and machine learning.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Some of Chris’ biggest passions are in visual arts (photography and graphic design specifically), and philanthropy.  When He’s not out on a new adventure, usually he can be found at the library consumed by books or his academic research.


Jackie Toner – PhD Candidate

Educational Background:

MSc. Kinesiology – Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick
BScKin. Honours in Kinesiology – Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick

Science Related Interests: Jackie’s main research interests lie in the field of human factors and design, and has worked alongside multiple industries including forestry, automotive, childcare, warehousing and many more. Previously she has focused on using electromyography to assess the present demands of muscles during various workplace tasks. However, more recently Jackie’s passion for research and safety has led her in a new direction of pursuing research-based on the prevention of injury and death of workers. She is hoping to accomplish this through her PhD based on the effects of visual perception training as a method for improving hazard identification in the construction industry.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Woodworking, Dog sports, Drag, and being a huge Lady Gaga Fan.


Cory Munroe – PhD Student (Psychology & Neuroscience)

Background Information: BKin (Honours) from Acadia University. 

Science Interests: Broadly, Cory is interested in the relationship between stress and the gut microbiota. More specifically, he studies whether probiotic treatment can improve HPA stress axis function and related health-outcomes (e.g., mood and cognition), particularly under periods of stress.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Cory coaches and judges gymnastics part time! He also enjoys running and hiking. 


Christine Ausman – PhD Student

Educational Background:
MA Leisure Studies – School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University (Conferred, Oct. 2021)
BSc Recreation (Therapeutic Rec.) – School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
BSc Psychology – University of British Columbia

Science Interests: Christine is a PhD student studying the feasibility, impact, and benefits of incorporating therapeutic recreation (TR) strategies within neuro-rehabilitation treatment with stroke survivors. With a background in both psychology (behavioural neuroscience) and TR, and experience working with individuals with acquired brain injuries, Christine hopes to show how TR can play a valuable role in highly technical healthcare by focusing on the individual and their experience.

Beyond the lab interestsDancing, cooking, baking, serious wine tasting, and anything allowing for creativity.

Contact: /Twitter: @ChristineAuz

Grace Barnhart – MSc Candidate

Educational Background: BSc(H), Kinesiology – School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: Grace’s primary research interest is the interactions between human operators and automated systems. She is specifically interested in understanding the effects of system characteristics on overall performance of a human-automation team, and how these characteristics can be adjusted to improve performance.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Any activity that brings her outdoors including hiking, running, swimming, biking, snowboarding and camping. She is also interested in travel and emergency medicine.


Sierra Lee – MSc Candidate

Educational Background: 
BSc. Neuroscience and Engineering Sciences, Trinity College Hartford CT

Science Related Interests: Sierra will begin her Masters of Kinesiology in the fall of 2021, where her research interests are focused on the negative effects of stress on cognition, and whether or not aerobic exercise can mitigate these effects. 

Beyond the Lab Interests: Sierra enjoys anything that involves physical activity, specifically hockey, running, hiking, and cycling. She also enjoys spending time on the water with friends and family!

Gabrielle Bowman – Undergraduate Research Student

Educational Background: 
Gabrielle is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: Gabrielle hopes to continue her education in research and medical sciences. She is interested in a wide range of topics, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor control; specifically how these concepts come together to create human movement. In the CaMPlab, she hopes to expand her knowledge of research as she works towards an honours program in her fourth year. 

Beyond the Lab Interests: Gabrielle enjoys spending her free time outdoors, whether it be training for competitions in sprint canoe, going on hikes, or relaxing by the ocean.

Alexandra Blandford – Undergraduate Research Student

Educational Background: 
Alexandra is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: Alexandra came to Dalhousie as she was passionate about deepening her knowledge base of the human body, the physiological systems within them and how they interact with each other. Her primary area of interest is the study of those systems under different types of pathologies and their unique performance once compromised. Other areas of interest include the medical Sciences, rehabilitation therapy, and human anatomy with a particular interest in endocrine, cardiovascular, and neurophysiology. It is Alexandra’s academic goal to understand these systems and how they operate under duress and potential rehabilitation to correct or aid that process.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Alexandra enjoys volunteering in the community and being involved in school as much as possible. She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years before coming to Dalhousie and for the last 5 years has been competing in semi-professional bodybuilding!


Ben Rittenberg – NSERC Undergraduate Student

Educational Background: BSc(H), Kinesiology – School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: Ben’s honours research focused on the internal factors that influence golf coaches’ interactions with technology in training. His current interests lie in further exploring the interactions between human operators and automated systems from a motor performance perspective. Ben’s other research interests include investigating the mental health of elite-level performers, such as coaches and athletes. He will begin a Masters of Kinesiology in the Fall of 2021 with a specific focus in sports psychology.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Baseball, hockey, golf, coaching, travelling, and being outdoors!

Contact: / Twitter: @benrittenberg

Em Walton – NSERC Undergraduate Student

Science Related Interests: Em is currently pursuing a major in neuroscience, with a minor in biology as well as the Certificate of Neurotechnology. They are working in the CaMPlab as a summer research student and are interested in neural plasticity and mental illness.

Beyond the Lab Interests: art, music and mountain biking!


Max Johnson – Honours Research Student

Educational Background: BSc (Honours), Psychology – Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: Max is interested in anything regarding the intersection between human and animal cognition. In the CaMPlab he’s going to be studying the nature of motion planning, and possible confounds to its study.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Max loves being in nature and spotting animals (he knows almost all reef fish on his home island by heart); he loves being able to read when he has the time, particularly history books and classics, and is self-taught on the guitar! He typically goes everywhere with his trusty acoustic. 


Sierra Gaudreau- Student Volunteer

Educational Pursuits:

BSc. Student- Neuroscience – Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

Science Related Interests: As a DISP student Sierra developed an interest in human-automation interactions research. She is looking forward to exploring the other facets of research that the cognitive and motor performance field has to offer.

Beyond the Lab Interests: hiking, camping, running and reading!


Flora Machovsky Mendes Pinto- Student Volunteer

Educational Pursuits:

International Student from Brazil. Currently a BSc student – Medical Sciences program, Dalhousie University   

Science Related Interests: Following being a student at the DISP program, Flora developed a research interest, especially in cognitive research. She is excited to be involved in more projects at the CaMP lab, and later she hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research.  

Beyond the Lab Interests: Any outdoor activity such as hiking, biking, gardening, and swimming. As well as reading and trying new things (drawing, cooking, poetry) !


Chelsey Sanderson – Research Assistant

Educational Background:

MSc kinesiology- School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
BSc kinesiology- University of Prince Edward Island

Science Related Interests: Chelsey has been quite fortunate to have dabbled in a wide array of research over the years (from biomechanics to motor control, to neuroscience and back!) and really enjoys the technical/behind-the-scenes aspects of designing and troubleshooting data acquisition. Chelsey recently graduated from the MSc kinesiology program at Dalhousie where her thesis looked at designing a neurofeedback based intervention to reduce tremor for individuals diagnosed with Essential Tremor. She hopes to further her research career in the CaMPlab through helping coordinate some of the ongoing projects and has currently got her hands full with return to research protocols as well as general lab administration.

Beyond the Lab Interests: Chelsey was a competitive instructor for traditional step dancing for three years at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada before coming to Halifax to complete her MSc. When she isn’t typing at a keyboard, you can usually find her attached to a ball of yarn crocheting away or spending time at the beach (sometimes both at once!).