Mental Health and Society

Melissa Woodward

My primary research interests involve the interaction between brain health and physical health for individuals impacted by mental health, substance use, and homelessness. My doctoral work focused on the impact of exercise and antipsychotic medication on neuroplasticity and symptom severity for individuals with schizophrenia using structural MRI in people with chronic schizophrenia, and early psychosis, and animal models. My postdoctoral work focuses on longitudinal brain imaging of individuals experiencing homelessness or precarious housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Ruiyang Ge

The current project focus on how the brain stimulation techniques (i.e., transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation) affect the brains of patients with mood disorders.