I received my master’s and PhD in behavioural neuroscience from Queen’s University. Prior to joining Laurier, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sydney, in Australia, and served as a faculty member at the University of New England, Australia, where I taught biological psychology and behavioural pharmacology. I joined the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006.
I am a behavioural pharmacologist who studies the behavioural and neural effects of drugs, with a special emphasis on drugs of abuse.
My research is focused on the brain’s endocannabinoid system. Using behavioural and immunohistochemical techniques with laboratory rats, I examine how cannabinoid receptors are involved in normal behaviour (e.g., learning, memory, feeding, locomotion), pathological behaviour (e.g., addiction), and how cannabinoids interact with non-cannabinoid drugs such as cocaine, 'ecstasy' and heroin, to alter behaviour and brain activity.
Students interested in conducting a research thesis (Honours, Master’s or PhD) or directed studies project (PS490) are invited to contact me to discuss the possibility of supervision. I am willing to supervise projects in the following areas (but other topics would be considered):
I currently teach:
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