This spring (2017) I successfully defended my PhD dissertation in Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario.
I have also completed a four-year diploma program in psychoanalysis at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. In the academic stream of this program I furthered my knowledge in the area of clinical psychodynamic psychology, short-term and long-term dynamic therapies, and contemporary psychoanalysis with an emphasis on relational psychotherapies.
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from York University.
The focus of my research for my BA, MA, and now my PhD is interdisciplinary in nature: I study historical and theoretical aspects of psychology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience. My current research focuses on "theoretical neuroscience" with an emphasis on neural network theories from the past in light of new technology and contemporary theory. In looking at these theories, I am exploring the recently developed field of Neuropsychoanalysis, a discipline that aims to integrate psychodynamic psychology and psychoanalysis with neuroscience as the fields work together to better understand the processes of psychic functioning. I am particularly interested in the electrical and chemical changes that occur at the synaptic level that lead to brain plasticity and change due to psychotherapy.
In addition to my education, I have also worked as a clinical research coordinator in the psychiatric department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ont., Canada, and I have been teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 15 years.
I have supervised undergraduate theses and look forward to supervising graduate students in the future.
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