THE TEAM

Dr. Blake Butler [he/him] is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and the brain and mind institute at the University of Western Ontario. His research focusses on the role of experience & plasticity in the development of sensory systems, with a focus on hearing loss and restoration. His program combines behavioural, neuroimaging, and anatomical approaches across models.

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Chenxi He [hechenxi0727@gmail.com; she/her] is  a postdoctoral fellow in NiSSL group who is co-mentored by Dr. Daniel Ansari of the Numerical Cognition Lab. She is interested in how hearing loss and visual-manual language experience affect numeracy and the cognitive processes involved in computation.

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Katelyn Kittel [kkittel@uwo.ca; she/her] is the RVT in the NiSSL group. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and has been working in small animal practice since. She has always had a special interest in education and feline medicine. She currently lives with two friendly black cats of her own. In her spare time she likes to be surrounded by friends/family and pets. She enjoys being outdoors and is always looking for an adventure.

Jessica Lammert [jlammert@uwo.ca; she/her] is a PhD student in the NiSSL group. She completed her BA and MSc at Western University, where she investigated the white matter correlates of childhood reading disability, and visual perception in ASL signers. Her current research interests include investigating cross-modal neuroplasticity as a function of sensory and linguistic experience. Outside of the lab, Jessica enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, and camping.

Kate Raymond [kraymon9@uwo.ca; she/her] is an MSc student in the Clinical Psychology program. Prior to this, she completed her BSc at McMaster, worked at the SickKids Research Institute, and completed an MSc in Neuroscience at UWO. Currently, she studies misophonia, a newly discovered neuropsychological phenomenon where specific sounds (e.g. people chewing) elicit aversive physiological and emotional responses. Outside of research, Kate enjoys immersing herself in the great outdoors and after many years of leading hiking and canoeing trips, she has become a budding environmental activist!

Cailey Salagovic [csalagov@uwo.ca; she/her] is a PhD student in the NiSSL group. She has earned a B.A. in Music at University of Denver, a B.Sc. with honors in Psychology at University of Colorado Denver, and an MSc is Psychology where she investigated the effect of auditory stimuli on visual attention, and audiovisual perception in cochlear implant users . Her current research uses EEG to learn about audiovisual speech perception across the hearing spectrum in collaboration with the Stevenson Sensory Lab. When not in the lab, Cailey enjoys baking needlessly complicated recipes and other “indoorsy” activities.

Sarah Bobbitt [sbobbitt@uwo.ca; she/her] is a Neuroscience MSc student in the NiSSL group. She completed a BSc in Psychology and Biology at Acadia University, where she investigated sensorimotor learning and language representations in bilingual individuals. Her current research explores the use of dual-task paradigms to measure narrative engagement in children with hearing loss. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys embroidery, baking, and participating in community bands and choirs.

Austin Robertson [arobe223@uwo.ca; he/him] is a Neuroscience MSc student in his first year with the NiSSL lab. He completed his BSc in Biomedical Science with a minor in Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. Currently, his research under involves establishing the precision of myelin as a structural marker of core auditory cortex in order to better qualify its functional reorganization following deafening. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games, and watching/coaching basketball (GO RAPTORS!).

Emma Neto [eneto@uwo.ca; she/her] is a Psychology MSc student in the NiSSL group. She completed a BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster university, where she studied generalization of visual perceptual learning through categorization. In the NiSSL group, she is investigating audiovisual perceptual learning under different auditory conditions. Outside her research time, Emma greatly enjoys rock climbing, and anything else involving the outdoors, as well as her new pandemic hobby–embroidery!

Facundo Lodol [he/him] is an Honours thesis student in Psychology at Western. For his thesis project, he is working with Kate to examine behavioural correlates of misophonia. His other interests include making music and playing sports such as soccer and basketball.

Jania Hemnani [she/her] is an Honours thesis student in Psychology at Western. For her thesis project, she is working with Cailey to examine age effects on multisensory perception.

Dursa Koshkebaghi [she/her] is an Honours thesis student in Neuroscience at Western. For her thesis project, she is working with Jessica to examine hemifield effects on visual perception in hearing ASL signers.

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