People of the CANAL Lab

Prof. John A. E. Anderson

Dr. John Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology at Carleton University and a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Cognition and Wellness. Dr. Anderson is the Principal Investigator of the Cognition and Neuroscience of Aging Lab. Dr. Anderson also holds a status-only appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and is an Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Anderson has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He completed post-doctoral training in research on bilingualism and cognitive reserve at York University and advanced neuroimaging and the links between depression and dementia in older adults at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Graduate Students

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Josh Goheen M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

Josh is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Cognitive Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Georg Northoff (Ottawa U)  and Dr. John Anderson. Josh is a member of the CANAL lab and Mind, Brain Imaging, and Neuroethics (MBIAN) labs. Josh has an M.Sc. in the anatomical sciences from Queen’s University where his research focused on teaching and memory. Josh’s current research focuses on respiration and its correlations with neurocardiovascular health, cognitive function, and subjective experience.

Imola X. MacPhee Au.D.

Ph.D. Student

Imola brings over a decade of expertise in clinical audiology and hearing research from the United States. She obtained her Au.D. in California (SDSU/UCSD, San Diego, CA) and was licensed in audiology in both California and Alabama prior to returning to Ottawa to continue her studies as a Ph.D. student. Her research interests include aging, hearing, and cognitive reserve. Her preferred modes of research are behavioural assessment and MRI. When she’s not in the lab, Imola enjoys spending time with her husband and children, completing home improvement projects and reviving her interest in track and field.

Tyler Call

M.Cog.Sc. Student

Tyler is a Master's student in the Department of Cognitive Science. His research focuses on the relationship between musicianship and cognitive reserve. He holds a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Cognitive Science from Carleton University (2023) and a BA with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University (2013). He also has a decade of professional experience in software development, working as a developer, scrum master, and data analyst. Outside of the lab, Tyler enjoys music, reading, skiing, bouldering, and baseball.

Undergraduate Thesis Students and Summer Students

Cameron Carson

Post-Baccalaureate Honours Thesis Student

Cameron is a Post Baccalaureate Diploma student in Cognitive Science currently working on multiple studies exploring the connection between respiration and cognition. Cameron works under the direct supervision of PhD Candidate, Josh Goheen, and Dr. John Anderson. Cameron joins the CANAL Lab after an extensive career in international business and marketing with a Business Administration diploma from Cambrian College and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University. His research interests are in mind-body connection, nutrition and cognition, respiration and cognition, and human performance.

Philip Di Domenico

Undergraduate Volunteer

Philip is an undergraduate student in the department of Cognitive Science with a concentration in Biological Foundations of Cognition. Philip is a volunteer working under the supervision of Dr. John Anderson, PhD Candidate, Josh Goheen and Post Baccalaureate Diploma student Cameron Carson. Philip joins the lab with both a General Arts and Science Diploma and a Pre-Health Sciences Certificate from Mohawk College. His research interests are cognition, aging and human performance.

Research Assistants

Frequent Collaborators

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Dr. John Grundy (University of Iowa)

Bilingualism, aging, EEG, multiscale entropy.

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Dr. Gigi Luk 

(McGill University)

Bilingualism, MRI

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Dr. Ellen Bialystok (York University)

Bilingualism, cognition, and development

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Dr. Peter Zhukovsky

 (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Advanced neuroimaging, mental health, and depression

CANAL Lab Alumni

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Undergraduate Thesis Student 


Miranda Chan

Undergraduate Thesis Student


Ronessa Dass

Summer Research Student and Recipient of an NSERC USRA Award 

Summer 2022

Abby Lee

Worked in the lab 2021-2022

Janelle Stables

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2022-2023

Nour Kanaa

I-CUREUS Internship Student 2022-2023

Sara Abou-Alwan

Undergraduate Thesis Student