THE TEAM

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SIVANIYA SUBRAMANIAPILLAI

Founder

Sivaniya was inspired to initiate the Wisdom Exchange Project to connect research trainees with older adults to form meaningful intergenerational friendships. These relationships are rare to find but often spark an exchange of different stories, perspectives, and ideas!

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DANIELLE D'AMICO

Ontario Co-Lead

Danielle is a PhD student in Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University studying the effects of healthy lifestyle behaviours on cognitive health among older adults. Specifically, her research aims to determine whether engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviours can minimize the harmful impacts of chronic stress on cognitive function. Danielle is also interested and actively engaged in knowledge translation and community outreach.

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NATALIE SLAVAT

Ontario Co-Lead

Natalie is in the process of completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University. She has earned a Bachelors of Science degree from York University in Toronto, ON and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Natalie has trained at St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team, the Sunnybrook Neuropsychology Consultation Service and at Baycrest in the Memory Intervention Program. Her experience includes conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments, as well as providing counselling for adults and seniors.

Natalie has a warm and compassionate demeanor and non-judgemental approach and helps clients to feel comfortable and at ease during sessions. She believes that any assessment or counselling is a collaborative effort and that she should tailor her approach to each individual client.

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RHIANNON UEBERHOLZ

Communications

Rhiannon recently graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in French studies. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology with a research focus on cognitive changes associated with mindfulness-based interventions.

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KELLY PERLMAN

Quebec Co-Lead

Kelly is a PhD candidate in McGill’s integrated program in Neuroscience, studying the impact of early life stress on the cellular and molecular properties of brain white matter, and how this biological embedding of trauma might predispose individuals to mental illness. Furthermore, she looks at how the lipid profile of brain white matter changes across the age span. She is passionate about promoting evidence-based strategies for mental wellbeing, including fostering social connections in the aging population.

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GIULIA BARACCHINI

Quebec Co-Lead

Giulia is a PhD candidate at McGill University working with Prof. Nathan Spreng. Her research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of inter-regional communication in the brain and their behavioural relevance. Specifically, she is investigating whether and how large-scale network architecture interacts with BOLD signal variability patterns, in healthy aging and preclinical Alzheimer’s populations. Giulia is involved in several community outreach and science communication projects, aimed at getting the public excited and involved in science. WEP is a wonderful opportunity for her to keep sharing the love of science with the community.

ADVISORY BOARD

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DR. FLORIS VAN VUGT, PHD

Meaningful Social Connections

Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal

CEZARA HANGANU, RN

Later Life Mental Health

Geriatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Jewish General Hospital

MARLYN BARRETT

Community Recruitment

PAST TEAM MEMBERS

 

Emma Conway, Prior Ontario Co-Lead

Lauren Bechard, Former Ontario Co-Lead

Alicia Duval, Former Quebec Co- Lead

Monica Vaillancourt, Former Quebec Co-Lead

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