2016 CSBBCS Vincent Di Lollo Eary Career Award Winner
Dr. Katherine Guérard

Dr. Katherine Guérard received her Ph.D. in 2009 from Université Laval and completed a postdoctal internship at Université de Moncton before taking up her current position as Associate Professor at Université de Moncton. Dr. Guérard’s early research focused on oculomotor behavior in immediate serial recall of spatial information and reading. Her recent work has focused on the role of the motor system and object affordances in object memory. Dr. Guérard’s work is highly regarded and positions her at the forefront of the study of grounded cognition. 

Dr. Guérard has published research in a number of top tier journals including Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory, and Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and Memory & Cognition.  She has also served as Department Head of the École de Psychologie at Université de Moncton.

2015 CSBBCS Vincent Di Lollo Early Career Award Winner
Dr. Evan Risko

DSC 0401 Evan RiskoDr. Evan F. Risko is a Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo with Drs. Jennifer Stolz and Derek Besner and was a Killam and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Alan Kingstone. He began his career as a faculty member at Arizona State University, then moved to the University of Memphis before finally returning home to the University of Waterloo in 2013. Dr. Risko's early research touched on a number of topics including visual attention, reading, and cognitive control. Recent projects in his Cognition and Natural Behavior Laboratory have focused on understanding how we use our body and the physical/social environment to help us think and how this coupling ultimately shapes our thinking. He is also interested in issues related to "ecological validity" and, relatedly, in translating basic research into more applied domains. With respect to the latter, this has included a number of studies investigating attention in educational contexts.

Dr. Risko has published over 40 papers in a variety of journals including Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, Cognitive Science, Psychological Review, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Applied Cognitive Psychology amongst many others. In the broader community, his work has been well received both nationally and internationally, having been featured in such news outlets as TIME, the Globe and Mail, CTV, and NPR. He has received funding for his research from NSERC, SSHRC, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, and the Canada Research Chairs program. Dr. Risko has been awarded a number of accolades throughout his career including two Alumni Gold Medals as a graduate student at the University of Waterloo and a number of conference presentation awards including a Donald O. Hebb Graduate Student Poster Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science in 2006. Finally, Dr. Risko has a deep passion for mentoring students and takes great joy in the successes of the undergraduate and graduate students working in his laboratory.

2014 CSBBCS Early Career Award Winner
Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum

Dr. Shayna RosenbaumDr. Rosenbaum received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2003, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute before joining the faculty of York University. Her research examines how memory is represented in the brain, how cognitive functions are affected by brain damage, and how such deficits can be managed in patients. Her neuroimaging and patient studies have shown that, contrary to conventional views, the hippocampus is needed for supporting some aspects of remote spatial memory, and is also involved in future decision making and theory of mind.


Dr. Rosenbaum has published these and related findings in over 40 papers, including articles in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Her work has gained diverse media attention in Canada (CBC News, CTV, Toronto Star, National Post, MacLean's) and in the USA (The New York Times, USA Today). Her past honors include the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation Early Researcher Award, Baycrest Award of Research Excellence, CIHR New Investigator Award, York Faculty of Health Early Career Research Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship and the 2013 CAN-CAN Young Investigator Award.

2017 CSBBCS Vincent Di Lollo Early Career Award Winner
Dr. Morgan Barense

Morgan BarenseDr. Morgan Barense earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2007, remained in Cambridge for her postdoctoral work as a Peterhouse Research Fellow, and joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2009. She is presently an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, as well as an Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute and director of the Toronto Neuroimaging Facility.

Dr. Barense’s research program blends computational modelling, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging techniques.  Her research program is focused on understanding how memory is organized in the healthy brain, how memory changes through aging or brain damage, and how memory interacts with other cognitive faculties, such as perception. Her work is published in the discipline’s top journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychologia, Neuron, Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Dr. Barense has been recognized by a number of other prestigious awards including a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario, and an Early Investigator Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

2011 CSBBCS Early Career Award Winner
Dr. Debbie Kelly

Dr. Debbie KellyDr. Kelly has established an internationally renowned and uniquely important program of research on basic and applied avian and human cognition.

There are many reasons for Dr. Kelly’s success. Her research is clever, cutting edge, and technically sophisticated. She has advanced our understanding of important cognitive processes, most notably, the way in which geometry is used for navigation. Her work is comparatively broad, including research on various species, and it is conceptually broad, with an integration of ideas and approaches from experimental psychology, biology and neuroscience.

Dr. Kelly has also had the vision to recognize and pursue important applications of avian cognition research, including the development of the first avian model for the investigation of cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease. This research will be important for understanding and potentially treating problems associated with Canada's aging population. Dr. Kelly has established an impressive international network of collaborators to ensure the success of this exciting project. Her team has already developed an important computerized evaluation tool for investigating the degeneration of navigational abilities of both humans and non-humans.

Finally, I would like to note that Dr. Kelly is an inspirational role model for women in science, as evidenced by the National Science Foundation Women in Science fellowship that she received while at Nebraska University. In addition to providing an example of an exceptional scientist, she has also mentored and stimulated the careers of many female postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students and high school students. Dr. Kelly is a tribute to Canadian research and innovation.

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