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Lab Director

Dr. Lindsay Bodell 


Dr. Bodell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University under the mentorship of Drs. Pamela Keel and Thomas Joiner. She completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic) and the University of Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Wildes. In her free time, Dr. Bodell enjoys taking her dog (Morty) to the dog park, watching shows on Netflix, and shopping at Costco. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Cassandra Lowe is a BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellow at Western University.  She received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Lowe’s research program uses brain stimulation and neuroimaging methods (EEG, MRI and fMRI, fNIRS) to causally test neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms underlying dysregulated eating behaviours, and how these mechanisms develop throughout childhood and adolescence. Outside of the lab, she enjoys watching horror movies, yoga, and snuggling with her pets.

Graduate Students

Abby Kinnear is a Master's student in Clinical Psychology. She received her BA in Honours Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2019. She is interested in the shared mechanisms that drive both eating pathology and non-suicidal self-injury. In her spare time, she likes to hike and watch tiny house videos. 

Samantha Withnell is a Masters student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received her BA (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2017. Her research interests include how factors such as weight bias and weight suppression are related to eating disorder development. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and reading Terry Pratchett novels.

Undergraduate Honours Students

Carly Biderman is a fourth year student in the Psychology Honours Specialization program at the University of Western Ontario. For her thesis, she is currently researching whether fear of negative evaluation moderates the relationship between sociocultural pressures for thinness and disordered eating. Her career goals include becoming a clinical psychologist with key interests in youth psychopathology.

Gillian Shoychet is a fourth year thesis student in the Honours Specialization program in Psychology at Western University. Her professional goal is to become a clinical child psychologist. Her primary research interests include child maltreatment, mood disorders, and eating pathology. She enjoys drawing, creative writing, and watching Friends.

Senior Research Assistant

Kamila Szczyglowski completed her Honours Specialization in Psychology, BSc, at Western under the mentorship of Dr. Bodell. She is interested in continuing her education within Clinical Psychology, with key interests in eating, mood and psychotic disorders. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching horror films, and working out.

Research Assistants

Iris Kwon is in her second year of science at Western University. She wanted to work under Dr. Bodell to study eating disorders due to personal experience and because she would like to use the knowledge she gains from the lab to explore ways to improve treatment options for eating disorders in Canada. Outside of the lab, she advocates for mental health awareness at the Wellness Education Centre.

Kevin Lau is a third-year student completing a dual degree in psychology and statistics. He is developing a growing interest in research of family accommodation behaviours and hopes to pursue a career in counselling. In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing volleyball and watching Jackie Chan movies.

Emma Truffyn is a second year MA Counselling Psychology Student at Western University. Her research background includes examining risk factors of non-suicidal self-injury expression, health anxiety, and eating disorders. Within the PEAR lab, she assists in the delivery of assessment tools in our research projects.

Rsha Soud completed her Honours Specialization in Psychology BSc at Western. She is interested in continuing her studies in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests center around cognition and the impact of disorders on the brain.

Disha Rawal is a third-year student at Western University working towards an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience. She is interested in pursuing further education in Clinical or School Psychology. In her free time, she likes to paint.

Kaitlyn Yu is a fourth year psychology student. Her interests lie within abnormal psychology, with a specific focus on mood disorders and abnormal child psychology. She hopes to grow her research interests in the lab and learn more about eating disorders

Honorary Members

Morty is a basset hound born in March 2017. He is very food motivated and loves to eat sticks, chase bunnies, and cuddle. He also loves to socialize with other dogs at the dog park. Dislikes include baths and being alone.