Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Research and teaching
- Mental Health
My research examines individual differences in cognition, attention, and memory that are associated with mood and anxiety disorders, aging, and body image and eating disturbances. In the lab we often use sad mood inductions or priming procedures to study interactions between attention, memory, and mood (an NSERC-supported research program). One focus of our research is attention and memory biases in depressed individuals and individuals vulnerable to depression. My graduate students and honours thesis students are always collaborators in this research. We use eye gaze tracking in many of our studies to examine attention to emotional stimuli over extended intervals (e.g., Speirs, Belchev, Fernandez, Korol, & Sears, 2018; Newman & Sears, 2015; Soltani et al., 2015).
Visit the Cognition and Emotion Lab website for more information.