DR. BARBARA FENESI
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.
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.
Master's Student (Applied Psychology)
Hannah’s undergraduate research primarily focused on evaluating behavioural responses to stressful stimuli in the zebrafish. She is now combining her passion for children and cognitive health by investigating how exercise can enhance student achievement and well-being.
MARCUS DYLAN GOTTLIEB
Master's Student (Counselling Psychology)
Marcus is an Master’s student in Western’s Counselling Psychology. His research explores the relationship between mental health and physical activity (PA) in youth. Specifically, he is interested in developing strategies to maximize learning for children with behavioural difficulties. Marcus’s thesis involves the use of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRSs) to better understand the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the relationship between physical activity and learning.