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.
Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration
Effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation is important; there are about 62,000 strokes in Canada every year and more than 400,000 people living with long-term disability from stroke. Stroke survivors say that regaining walking ability is a top priority; but, reduced balance often limits community levels of mobility. Today’s stroke rehabilitation treatment decisions are guided by observed limitations to balance and walking, and not by brain measures. Differences in how much balance recovery someone achieves likely stems from the brain’s ability to recover after stroke.