Daniel C. Kopala-Sibley

Assistant Professor


Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information


Office: 403.210.8653

Web presence



Office : TRW4D69

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Mental Health
  • Mental health - brain and brain behaviour

Research activities

I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University and post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University. Broadly, my research pertains to the influence of developmental experiences (parenting in particular, but also peers and life stress in general) on change over time in personality and brain functioning in youth, and how these factors interact to influence risk for depressive and anxiety disorders. Given that having experienced a prior episode of depression or anxiety is one of the strongest predictors of experiencing a subsequent episode, I am particularly interested in understanding how developmental experiences, personality, and brain functioning predict the first onset of internalizing psychopathology. 

The primary project in my lab will examine predictors of the onset of first-episode depressive and anxiety disorders in a sample of early adolescents who have at least one parent with a history of these illnesses, and who are therefore at high risk. In particular this project will focus on parenting, personality, life stress, and neural markers of emotional and reward processing as well as cognitive control (assessed via fMRI) as predictors of the onset of depressive and anxiety disorders.


ACHRI - full member
The Mathison Centre




Brain and Behavior Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award - 2017

Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award - 2016

Association for Research in Personality Rising Star Award - 2016

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship - 2015

Quebec Foundation for Researchin Society and Culture Post-Doctoral Fellowship - declined - 2015

American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Research Scholarship - 2012