Education Programs

Graduate Students

  • Mohammad Alam

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisor: Satyabrata Kar
  • Beatriz Carvalho Henriques

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisor: Katherine Aitchison

  • Chelsea Bedrejo MA

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisors: Sunita Vohra

    I am a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Sunita Vohra working on the ASK-MI (formerly known as IMPORTEN) project with the Integrative Health Institute (IHI). I hold a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Alberta where I studied the indirect costs of anxiety disorder and depression, Bachelors Degree (University of Alberta) in Political Science and Economics and a diploma in Global Management from IESEG School of Management. I will be pursuing my doctoral studies looking at the health economics side of Shared Decision Making (SDM) together with the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) at Dr. Chris McCabe. I currently work in capital markets as an equity researcher in the Oil & Gas industry. I hope to one day utilize my skills sets to analyze the market behaviour and trends in the biotech, medical cannabis and health care space. 

    Selected Recent Awards

    Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award, 2013

    University of Alberta Outstanding Initiative Award, 2012

    University of Alberta Gold Key Recognition Award, 2011

    University of Alberta Lee Global Education Award, 2009 

  • James Benoit
    Portrait of James

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisors: Andy Greenshaw & Serdar Dursun

    Research Interests

    I work at the intersection of psychiatry and machine learning, focusing on improved treatment response prediction of MDD patients to antidepressants using clinical trial data. We are working closely with Pfizer to build a machine learning model predicting desvenlafaxine monotherapy response, from which we will generate a list of the most predictive factors based on clinical trial data. I also work with fMRI, structural MRI, and DTI imaging, in the context of machine learning-based treatment response prediction. Our hope is to generate a shortlist (<10) of predictive tests usable by clinicians as a decision support tool to inform antidepressant selection for MDD patients.

    Selected Publications

    Brown MRG, Benoit JRA, Juhas M, Lebel RM, MacKay M, Dametto E, Silverstone PH, Dolcos F, Dursun SM and Greenshaw AJ (2015). Neural correlates of high-risk behaviour tendencies and impulsivity in an emotional Go/NoGo fMRI task. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 9, 24.

    Brown MRG, Benoit JRA, Juhas M, Dametto E, Tse TT, MacKay M, Sen B, Carroll A, Hodlevskyy O, Silverstone PH, Dolcos F, Dursun SM, Greenshaw AJ (2015). fMRI investigation of response inhibition, emotion, impulsivity, and clinical high-risk behaviour in adolescents. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9, 124.

    Cocker PJ, Hosking JG, Benoit J, Winstanley CA (2012). Sensitivity to cognitive effort mediates psychostimulant effects on a novel rodent cost/benefit decision-making task. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(8): 1825-1837.

    Selected recent awards

    • 2017: Andrew Stewart Memorial Research Prize
    • 2015: QE-II Doctoral Scholarship
    • 2015: AIHS Graduate Scholarship
    • 2015: AITF Graduate Scholarship
    • 2014: NSERC PGS Doctoral Scholarship
    • 2013: Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship
    • 2013: 75th Anniversary Graduate Student Award
  • Jasmine Brown, MSc                                                                                                                                                                               

    Current program:PhD

    Supervisor: Andrew Greenshaw

    Jasmine Brown is a graduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, as well as the Director of Communications at the Institute of Health Economics (IHE).  Her research focus is on new innovations in technology and their applications to addiction and mental health care.
    Prior to joining the Institute, she served as Principal Secretary and Policy Advisor to the late Honourable James M. Flaherty. She also acted as Special Assistant to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. 
    Jasmine holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta.  


    Brown, J. M., Bland, R., Jonsson, E., & Greenshaw, A. J. (2018). A Brief History of Awareness of the Link Between Alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 

    Brown, J. M., Bland, R., Jonsson, E., & Greenshaw, A. J. (2018). The Standardization of Diagnostic Criteria for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Implications for Research, Clinical Practice and Population Health. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.


    • Master of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Scholarship (2011)
    • Master of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Research Award (2012)


  • Eric Chan Tai Kong MD

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisor: Katherine Aitchison

    I am a resident in Psychiatry currently working on an M.Sc. in the Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. My focus is on mobile technologies and their applications to mental health. I completed a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan and completed my medical training at the University of Alberta.

    Selected Recent Awards

    PGME Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award         2017
    Emergency Psychiatry Award       2017
    Henry Wojcicki Prize for Transcultural Psychiatry               2017

  • Catherine Cheng, MD

    Portrait of Catherine Cheng

    Current program: MSc

    Supervisors: Glen Baker, Christopher Power

    I am a third year psychiatry resident physician with a strong interest in psychiatric disorders amongst geriatric populations. My interests are in the role of neurochemical and immune factors in neurocognitive disorders. My current research focuses on the relationship of inflammation and cognitive dysfunction in a subset of patients with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Evidence suggests that amongst individuals with HIV-infection, neuronal dysfunction leads to the acceleration in development of neurocognitive disorders. HAND continues to contribute significantly to the disease sequela, particularly in the context of effective antiretroviral therapies, which have transformed HIV-infection into a chronic disease. Thus, a better understanding of the role of biomarkers (amino acids) and pro-inflammatory cytokines in the disease pathogenesis of dementia in the context of HIV-infection is warranted.

    I am also actively involved in resident advocacy and community leadership, serving as President (2016-2017) of the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA), and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Edmonton Foundation (GEF) Seniors Housing, the largest not-for-profit seniors housing organization in Alberta.


    Karam G, Radden Z, Berall L, Cheng C, Gruneir A. (2015). Efficacy of emergency department-based interventions designed to reduce repeat visits and other adverse outcomes for older patients following discharge: A systematic review. Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 15(9): 1107 – 1117.


    • 2016 - AMA/CMA Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Recipient
    • 2015 - Canadian Depression Intervention Network (CDRIN) National Conference, First place basic science poster presentation
  • Tami-lee Duncan, M.Ed.

    Portrait of Tami-Lee

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisors: Andrew Greenshaw, Pratap Chokka

    I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Lethbridge in 2004 and a Master’s of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2010. After completing my registration as a psychologist in 2012, I have since built a successful therapeutic practice in Edmonton, offering specialized treatment for a variety of sexual health issues, including female sexual pain disorders.

    In 2016, I opened a mental health clinic, Transcend Psychological Services ( where my colleagues and I provide individual, couples, and group treatment for a variety of psychological concerns. In addition to my clinical work, Tami is a regular contributor to VUE Weekly and other media outlets, sharing my expertise on sexual health. I also provide education and consultation for medical and psychology students and other healthcare professionals, and frequently present workshops and lectures in Edmonton.

    My doctoral research centers on the etiological underpinnings of vulvodynia with the intention of developing more effective multidimensional treatment approaches.

  • Daniela Gomez
    Portrait of Daniela

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisor: Esther Fujiwara

    My name is Daniela Gomez, and I am a graduate student in Dr. Esther Fujiwara’s lab. My thesis work focuses on understanding the neurocognitive changes associated with HIV-infection. I received a BSc. in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, where I completed an undergraduate Thesis Project on decision-making deficits in HIV. My current projects include elucidating patterns of cognition in HIV, and understanding risk-taking behaviour in a large Canadian HIV cohort. Given that 25% of people infected with HIV will experience cognitive difficulties, it is important to understand HIV’s impact on cognition. It may help clinicians to optimize current cognitive rehabilitation and intervention strategies to help stop, reverse, or prevent impairment, and ultimately increase the quality of life of people living with HIV.


    Gomez, D., Power, C., Gill, M. J., & Fujiwara, E. (2017). Determinants of risk-taking in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/neu0000366.

    Fujiwara Lab website:


    • 2016 Psychiatry Research Day Best Poster - “Determinants of risk-taking and impulsiveness in individuals with HIV+ infection”
    • 2017 Psychiatry Research Day Best Poster – “Neurocognitive profiles in HIV-infection”
  • Morgan Held

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisor: Andy Holt

  • Michal Juhas

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisors: Andrew Greenshaw & Serdar Dursun

    My PhD work uses neuroimaging (MRI) to identify altered brain connectivity in Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). I am working as a part of an international team grant project (funded by CIHR and the European Commission under ERANet Neuron) on a translational study of brain changes associated with early recovery from AUD. The aims of my project are to use MRI to study (1) structural and functional connectivity differences between normal and alcohol dependent brains and (2) examine longitudinal changes in brain net-works in response to different clinical interventions (with and without an opioid receptor antagonist naltrexone). Time permitting, I would also like to explore brain phenotype of sub-clinical alcohol abusers with limited total alcohol exposure in the general population (from the restricted Human Connectome Project dataset) compared to chronic abusers to better understand AUD etiology.

    Selected publications

    Juhas, M., Sun, H., Brown, M., MacKay, M., Mann, K., Sommer, W., Wilman, A., Dursun, S., Greenshaw, A. (2017). Deep grey matter iron accumulation in alcohol use disorder. NeuroImage,148, 115-122.

    Agyapong, V., Mrklas, K., Juhas, M., Omeje, J., Ohinmaa, A., Dursun, S., Greenshaw, A. (2016). Cross-sectional survey evaluating Text4Mood: mobile health program to reduce psychological treatment gap in mental healthcare in Alberta through daily supportive messages. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 378.

    Chen, Y., Meng, X., Hu, Q., Cui, H., Ding, Y., Kang, L., Juhas, M., Greenshaw, A., Zhao, A., Wang, Y., Cui, G., Li, P. (2016). Altered resting-state functional organization within the central executive network in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 70, 448-456.

    Juhas, M., Agyapong, V. (2016). Patients assessed by the liaison psychiatric team in the emergency department of a regional hospital in Canada - general characteristics and gender differences. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 20, 179-186.

    Chen, Y., Juhas, M., Greenshaw, A., Hu, Q., Meng, X., Cui, H., Ding, Y., Kang, L., Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Cui, G., Li, P. (2016). Abnormal resting-state functional connectivity of the left caudate nucleus in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroscience Letters, 623, 57-62.

    Brown MRG, Benoit JRA, Juhas M, Lebel RM, MacKay M, Dametto E, Silverstone PH, Dolcos F, Dursun SM and Greenshaw AJ (2015). Neural correlates of high-risk behaviour tendencies and impulsivity in an emotional Go/NoGo fMRI task. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 9, 24.

    Brown MRG, Benoit JRA, Juhas M, Dametto E, Tse TT, MacKay M, Sen B, Carroll A, Hodlevskyy O, Silverstone PH, Dolcos F, Dursun SM, Greenshaw AJ (2015). fMRI investigation of response inhibition, emotion, impulsivity, and clinical high-risk behaviour in adolescents. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9, 124.

    Kodiha, M., Hutter, E., Boridy, S., Juhas, M., Stochaj, U., Maysinger, D. (2014). Gold nanoparticles induce nuclear damage in breast cancer cells, which is further amplified by hyperthermia. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 71, 4259-4273.

    Castonguay, A., Doucet, C., Juhas, M., Maysinger, D. (2012). New ruthenium(II)-letrozole complexes as anticancer therapeutics. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 55, 8799-8806.

    Selected recent awards

    2016: QE-II Doctoral Scholarship
    2015: AIHS Graduate Scholarship
    2015: AITF Graduate Scholarship
    2015: NSERC PGS Doctoral Scholarship

  • Jessica Luki
  • Manoj Malik
    Portrait of Manoj

    Current program: PhD

    Supervisor: Andrew Greenshaw

    I study neuroimaging biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease (AD). AD is the most common form of dementia, which not only imposes a significant financial burden on our health care system, but also an immeasurable human suffering to the patients and their families. At present, the diagnosis of AD is based on clinical observations and cognitive testing, but the definitive diagnosis can only be confirmed by a postmortem study. My goal is to locate a set(s) of antemortem neuroimaging biomarkers for early diagnosis, prediction and better understanding of brain changes in AD and other related dementia. Apart from my curricular activities, I enjoy cooking, playing cricket and chess.


    Dametto, E., Zuffo, S., Juhas, M., Malic, M. (2016). Neurocysticercosis in Asplenic Patient, Case Report. Revista Brasileira de Neurologia (ISSN: 0101-8469)


    National Overseas Scholarship, Government of India

  • Tyler Marshall, MPH

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisors: Sunita Vohra & Xinmin Li
  • Brad Necyk, MFA

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisor: Pamela Brett-MacLean & Andrew Greenshaw

    Brad Necyk is a multimedia artist in Canada whose practice engages with issues of medicine, mental health, and precarious populations and subjects. His works include drawings and paintings, still and motion film, sculpture, and performance. He recently finished a residency with AHS Transplant Services in 2015-16, works as an artist/researcher in a project on Head and Neck Cancer, and is completing an arts-based, research-creation Ph.D. in Psychiatry. Currently, he is a visiting artist/researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and has a studio residency at Workman Arts, Toronto. His current work focuses on patient experience, auto-ethnography, psychiatry, pharmaceutics, and biopolitics. His artistic work was included in the 2015 Alberta Biennial, and has been shown internationally; he has presented academic work at conferences in Canada and internationally, most recently at the 2017 SLSA conference in Phoenix, AZ, and the 2017 Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada in Quebec. Brad sits on the boards of several professional bodies and is a Scholar at the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta. He currently teaches senior-level courses in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University.

    Website: Please visit for more information and my full CV.

    Selected Recent Awards

    2017 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Award
    2017 FFAC Dissemination Fund Award (MacEwan University)
    2017 FFAC Research, Scholarly, and Creative Achievement Fund Award (MacEwan University) 
    2017 Figureworks Finalist
    2017 MacEwan University Dissemination Grant
    2017 Psychiatry Travel Award 
    2017 Indigenous Graduate Award
    2017 Eldon + Anne Foote Award (Long-list)
    2017 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Individual Project Grant
    2017 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
    2016 Rudelle Hall Graduate Scholarship
    2016 Indigenous Graduate Scholarship
    2016 FFAC Research, Scholarly, and Creative Achievement Fund Award
    2016 Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR)
    2016 Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship
    2015 Kule Research Team Grant
    2015 Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network
    2015 Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students Award
    2015 Graduate Students Association Travel Grant
    2015 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Individual Project Grant



    Necyk, Bradley. "Techniques and Time." Issue: Asylum. Hamilton Arts & Letters. 2017
    Necyk, Bradley; Harvey, Daniel. Interrogating the Anthropocene: Ecology, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question. Palgrave MacMillan. Book chapter contribution titled “Like watching a movie: Notes on the possibilities of art in the Anthropocene". 2017
  • John Wesley Paylor, MSc

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisor: Ian Winship

    I joined the Department of Psychiatry in January 2016 for my PhD after completing my Master’s degree in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the U of A. My doctoral work is a continuation of my master’s, focusing on the underlying neurobiology of schizophrenia. In particular I examine the development of the prefrontal cortex and how neural plasticity might play a role in the disorder. Using the high-powered in vivo imaging techniques available in Ian Winship’s lab, I am evaluating how the structure and function of brain cells change in schizophrenia. Outside of the lab, I am a passionate advocate for science literacy and communication.

    Wes Paylor


    Potter, L.E., Paylor, J.W., Jee Su, G., Tenorio, G., Caliaperumal, J., Colborne, F., Baker, G., Winship, I., & Kerr, B. (2016). Altered excitatory-inhibitory balance within somatosensory cortex is associated with enhanced plasticity and pain sensitivity in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroinflammatio, 13(1), 142. doi: 10.1186/s12974-016-0609-4

    Thorburn, K.C., Paylor, J.W., Webber, C.A., Winship, I.R., & Kerr, B.J. (2016). Facial hypersensitivity and trigeminal pathology in mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Pain, 157(3), 627-642. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000409

    Paylor, J.W. (2015). Perineuronal Nets and Parvalbumin Interneurons in the PolyI:C Model of Schizophrenia. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

    Benson,C*., Paylor,J.W*., Tenorio,G., Winship,I.R., Baker,G., & Kerr,B. (2015). Voluntary wheel running delays disease onset and improves sensory function in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Experimental Neurology, 271, 279-290. doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2015.05.017 *joint first-authors



    • 2017 – NSERC PGS Doctoral Award
    • 2016 – GSA Graduate Student Service Award
    • 2016 – Department of Psychiatry Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship
  • Matthew Reeson
    Portrait of Matt

    Current program: MSc

    Supervisor: Andrew Greenshaw

    My research is focused on epigenetic mechanisms responsible for mental health development in youth with Adverse Childhood Experiences. Childhood trauma and child and adolescent mental health are both fields that need extensive research. Long-term I would like to research the effects of psychedelic drugs on the brain; in particular, the effects these compounds have on individuals struggling with depression, addiction, and PTSD. The therapeutic potential of serotonin mimics is a developing field in neuropsycopharmacology and mental health.

  • Jeff Sawalha, MSc

    Current Program: PhD

    Supervisors: Russ Griener & Andrew Greenshaw

  • Anna Sasse, MD

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisor: Satyabrata Kar


    Banerjee M, Sasse VA, Wang Y, Maulik M, Kar S. (2015). Increased levels and activity of cathepsins B and D in kainate-induced toxicity. Neuroscience, 284,360-373.

    Buggia-Prévot, V., Fernandez, C.G., Udayar, V., Vetrivel, K.S., Elie, A., Roseman, J., Sasse, V.A., Lefkow, M., Meckler, X., Bhattacharyya, S., George, M., Kar, S., Bindokas, V.P., Parent, A.T., Rajendran, L., Band, H., Vassar, R., Thinakaran, G. (2013). A function for EHD family proteins in unidirectional retrograde dendritic transport of BACE1 and Alzheimer's disease Aβ production. Cell Reports, 5, 1552-1563.

  • Reham Shalaby

    Current program: MSc

    Supervisor: Vincent AgyapongAndrew Greenshaw

  • Natalia Stavila

    Current Program: MSc

    Supervisor: Lara Ostolosky
  • Raheem Suleman, MD

    Current Program: MSc

    Superivor: Serdar Dursun

  • Eszter Wendlandt

    Current program: MSc

    Supervisor: Ian Winship

    I am currently completing my Master's degree under the supervision of Dr. Ian Winship in the Neurochemical Research Unit of the Department of Psychiatry. I received my Bsc. Honors in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta in 2016.

    Research Interests:

    One of the main mechanisms governing functional recovery following stroke is the functional and structural rewiring of neural circuits – central nervous system (CNS) plasticity. Axonal sprouting is a key component of this process and is tightly regulated by a multitude of complex signalling pathways, which, in the adult CNS, result predominantly in its the inhibition. Some of the more salient inhibitory signals recognized today include those found on myelin sheaths and on chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) – a major component of the interstitial and perineuronal extracellular matrices. Interestingly, myelin changes themselves are increasingly recognized as a form of plasticity that is essential for healthy neural processing; plasticity that appears likewise regulated by an interaction with CSPGs. My research is focused on characterizing this relationship between post-stroke axonal sprouting, CSPG formation and myelination via longitudinal in vivo imaging of these variables and ultimately determining how they relate to functional remapping and stroke outcome.


    • QE-II scholarship 2016
    • NSERC Master’s scholarship 2016/2017

Selected Recent Alumni

Rejish Thomas (MSc 2018) - Postgrad Resident PGY 5

Rohit Lodhi (PhD 2018) - Clinical Assistant Professor (University of Saskatchewan); Psychiatrist

Dimitar Ourdev (MSc 2017) -  Law school, University of Calgary

David Rossolatos (MSc 2017) - Medical school, UK

Deena Hamza (PhD 2017) - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta

Yanlin Wang (PhD 2016) - Medical Information Specialist/Product Manager, Biohop Technologies Inc. (Vancouver)

Chandra Ashton, M.Ed. (PhD 2016) - Counselling Therapist, Kells Counselling (Edmonton)

Erin Martin, M.Ed. (PhD 2016) - Counselling Therapist, Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton

Brenda Maire (MSc 2016) - Provincial Homicide Family Liaison, Victim Services


More alumni