Brownbag Talk Series

Department areas organize informal seminar series annually. The information about talks is below.

Clinical Brownbag Series

September 25, 2020 - Clinical Student Talks (McGill University) 

Speakers are yet to be announced

October 9, 2020 - Nicholas Eaton (Stony Brook University)

Dr. Eaton’s primary research interests involve the conceptualization and classification of psychopathology using quantitative methods such as latent class analysis, exploratory factor mixture modeling, item response theory (IRT), and model-based cluster analysis. He is also interested in mental health disparities between groups, particularly groups defined by sexual orientation.

October 30, 2020 - Koraly Pérez-Edgar (Penn State University)

Dr. Peréz-Edgar’s work focuses on understanding the relationship between early temperament traits and psychopathology, and the role of individual differences in attention in this relationship. She uses a multi-method approach involving direct observation of behavior, cognitive functioning, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging.

November 13, 2020 - Stanley Huey (University of Southern California)

Dr. Huey’s work focuses on reducing disparities in mental health by optimizing treatments for high-risk populations, particularly under-resourced ethnic minority youth. He examines factors contributing to mental health disparities, investigates psychotherapy mechanisms that lead to clinical change, and works to develop culturally sensitive brief interventions.

November 20, 2020 - Dennis C. Wendt (McGill University)

Dr. Wendt’s research focuses on developing and evaluating culturally sensitive mental health and substance abuse in Indigenous communities. He is also interested in evidence-based practice considerations for substance use disorders, especially in group psychotherapy.

December 11, 2020 - Sarah Racine (McGill University)

Dr. Racine’s research aims to elucidate how genetic/biological risk for eating disorders operates through personality and emotional characteristics. She also examines psychological and environmental factors that make individuals with such characteristics more likely to develop an eating disorder versus another psychological condition.

January 29, 2021 - Dr. Jasmine Mote (Tufts University)

People with schizophrenia show various impairments in social functioning, including difficulties with social isolation, loneliness, and social motivation. In this presentation, Dr. Mote will discuss two different studies where she and her collaborators use ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and mobile methods to understand momentary fluctuations in social emotions and motivation in people with schizophrenia outside of the lab. In one study, her team explores the relationship between the quality of everyday social interactions, emotion, and loneliness in people with and without schizophrenia. In the second study, they leverage that information to develop a novel smartphone intervention to improve social motivation and social skills in people with schizophrenia.

February 12, 2021
Clinical Student Talks: Ege Bicaker and Alison MacNeil

February 26, 2021 - Dr. Aprajita Mohanty (Stony Brook University)

Dr. Mohanty’s primary research interests are on the impact of emotion on perception and attention, and the transdiagnostic neural markers of psychotic disorders. Research in her lab focuses on how emotion is coded in the brain, how emotion influences attention and perception, and how we implement cognitive strategies to remain task-focused in the face of emotional distractors. To pursue this interdisciplinary research program her lab uses cognitive behavioral tasks, computational modeling, brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related brain potentials (ERPs), a range of imaging analyses techniques (univariate, multivariate, connectivity), and different modalities (vision and olfaction) providing diverse and converging ways to examine how the brain anticipates, processes, and counteracts the effects of emotional stimuli in normal and clinical populations. A major goal of research in her lab is to understand how interactions between emotion, perception and cognitive control can contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety and psychotic disorders.


March 12, 2021 - Dr. Anthony Ruocco (University of Toronto)

Dr. Ruocco’s research uses neurocognitive and brain-imaging measures to understand the pathophysiology underlying severe mental disorders, especially borderline personality disorder (BPD). His current studies focus on identifying neurocognitive and neural markers in adolescents and adults with BPD and their biological relatives, and he is studying the utility of these markers to predict the outcomes of psychological and brain stimulation interventions for suicidal and self-harming individuals with BPD.

April 9, 2021
Career Panel (part one)

April 16, 2021
Career Panel (part two)

CRAM (Cognitive Research at McGill)

February 12, 2021- Dr. Joseph Jay Williams (University of Toronto) 

February 26, 2021 – Dr. Evan Risko (University of Waterloo) Title: Cognitive Offloading: Adventures in Distributing Cognition 

March 12, 2021 (Joint with the clinical brownbag) - Dr. Anthony Ruocco (University of Toronto Scarborough) 

Title: Neurocognition in Borderline Personality Disorder: Familial Risk, Treatment Implications, and Future Directions

March 26, 2021 - Hebb Lecture (Dr. Susan Gelman)

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Quantitative Brownbag Series

The quantitative psychology brown bag series intends to serve as an informal forum to promote recent technical developments in quantitative psychology and other related disciplines and to discuss methodological issues that substantive researchers may encounter in their research.

Location: 2001 McGill College Room 464
Time: Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm (unless listed otherwise)

January 8, 2020 Leonie Cloos Lost in translation? Accumulating
knowledge about construct validity
via large-scale replications
Leiden University
January 22, 2020 Dr. Heungsun Hwang

A gentle introduction to
generalized structured component
analysis and its recent developments

Psychology, McGill
January 23, 2020
10:00 - 11:00
Dr. Todd Woodward Task-state functional brain
networks detectable by fMRI
using constrained principal
component analysis:
More than just a pretty picture
Psychiatry, UBC
February 5, 2020 Sunmee Kim Interpretable Data Reduction
in Prediction Model: Extended
Redundancy Analysis and its
Extensions and Applications
Psychology, McGill
February 19, 2020 Dr. Sneha Shankar Beyond psychometrics:
Comprehensive construct
validation on the ground
using examples from motivation
and character skills assessments
Psychology, McGill
February 26, 2020
1:30 - 2:30
Dr. Genevieve Lefebvre Comparing logistic and
log-binomial models for
causal mediation analyses
of binary mediators and rare
binary outcomes:
moving towards exact
regression-based approaches
Mathematics, UQAM
March 18, 2020 Gyeongcheol Cho TBA Psychology, McGill
April 1, 2020 Raymond Lunong & Mairead Shaw TBA Psychology, McGill
April 15, 2020 Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen TBA Communication Sciences
& Disorders, McGill
April 29, 2020 Josh Starr TBA Psychology, McGill

Location: TBA
Time: TBA

          Date          Presenter                 Title           Affiliation

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