THE TEAM

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SIVANIYA SUBRAMANIAPILLAI

Founder, Quebec Lead

Sivaniya is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at McGill University. 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 Ryerson 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.

ALICIA DUVAL

Quebec Co-Lead

Alicia is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at McGill University. She is studying the impact of menopausal transition on brain structure and cognition. Specifically, she aims to evaluate how individual differences in environment, life experiences and hormones can mitigate age-related changes cognitive function. Alicia is a clinical student who is passionate about adult neuropsychology, as well as the development of individualized rehabilitation strategies for patients and caregivers.

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RHIANNON UEBERHOLZ

Communications

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LAUREN BECHARD

Ontario Co-Lead

Lauren is a PhD Candidate in the University of Waterloo Department of Kinesiology - Aging, Health and Well-Being program. Lauren's research aims to support people in achieving more years, lived well, through choosing better. Lauren brings a background in later life brain health promotion and project management to the team, along with a passion for community building.

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MONICA VAILLANCOURT

Quebec Co-Lead

Monica Vaillancourt is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at McGill University. The focus of her research is the mental health of immigrant parents during the transitional period into parenthood (pregnancy and postpartum). Monica is also interested in studying psychosocial risk factors for chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatic arthritis. Monica is passionate about health promotion and reducing inequities in health care to provide inclusive and community-sensitive services.

Rhiannon recently graduated from Ryerson 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.

ADVISORY BOARD

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

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PAST TEAM MEMBERS

 

Emma Conway, Prior Ontario Co-Lead