PEOPLE

DR. BARBARA FENESI

Lab Supervisor

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, Associate Member of the Brain Mind Institute, and nominated Tier II Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRHC) Canada Research Chair in the Science of Learning. Over the last several years I have begun to fuse my passion for education and physical health to identify ways that we can improve students' cognitive functioning while simultaneously improving their body's health.

Contact: bfenesi@uwo.ca

MICHELLE OGRODNIK

Ph.D. Student

Michelle is a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Fenesi in the WEBB Lab (Western University) and Dr. Jennifer Heisz in the NeuroFit Lab (McMaster University). Michelle combines her background in applied cognitive psychology and her passion for working with special populations to investigate how exercise can improve learning for students.

Contact: ogrodnm@mcmaster.ca

Twitter: @michelleogrod

HANNAH BIGELOW

Ph.D. Student (Applied Psychology)

Hannah is a Ph.D. Student in School and Applied Child Psychology. She has a BSc (Hon), B.Ed, as well as an MA. Her masters work primarily focused on combining her passion for children and cognitive health by investigating how exercise can enhance student achievement and well-being. Hannah is now investigating how preservice teachers' experiences and perceptions of physical activity impact their willingness to implement Ontario's Daily Physical Activity Policy in their future classrooms.

Contact: hbigelow@uwo.ca

MADELINE CRICHTON

Master's Student (Applied Psychology)

Madeline is a Master’s student in School and Applied Child Psychology. She has a BA in psychology and a MASc in Developmental & Communication Science from the University of Waterloo. Her current research focuses on individual differences in cognitive and emotional factors among children with ADHD, and the effect these factors may have on an individual’s response to physical activity.

Contact: mcricht3@uwo.ca

LAUREN MARTYN

Master's Student (Counselling Psychology)

Lauren is a second year Master of Art's in Counselling Psychology student. She has been apart of the WEBB lab since September 2019. Currently, she is investigating barriers influencing physical activity implementation in the classroom. Her present research aims to determine the teacher-identified structural, psychological and resource-related factors influencing the use of classroom-based physical activity in Ontario classrooms. Generally, Lauren is also interested in the physical and mental well-being of school-aged children.

Contact: lmartyn3@uwo.ca

JASMYN SKINNER

Master's Student (Counselling Psychology)

Jasmyn is entering her second year in the MA Counselling Psychology program and has been part of the WEBB lab since September of 2019. Jasmyn has a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Guelph where she studied Neuroscience and Psychology. Her current thesis is investigating individual difference factors (physical fitness, physical activity behaviours, and medication use) and their impact on children with ADHD and their response to a physical activity intervention.  

Contact: jskinn7@uwo.ca

Alexis is entering her second year of the Counselling Psychology Master’s program. She has been a research assistant in the lab since June 2020 and will be continuing her research throughout the year. Her research interests center around promoting optimal health for children. She is particularly interested in understanding the connection between physical and mental health for typically developing children and children with unique needs. Her current project aims are to understand how the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted children’s and families’ mental and physical health. 

Contact: awinfie3@uwo.ca

Master's Student (Counselling Psychology)

ALEXIS WINFIELD

Master's Student (Counselling Psychology)

Carly is a first-year Master’s student in Counselling Psychology. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario where she studied Health Sciences and Psychology. Her current research aims to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on both child and family wellbeing. 

Contact: csugar3@uwo.ca

CARLY SUGAR

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