Gail Eskes


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Phone: 902-494-4032
Mailing Address: 
Brain Repair Centre
Dalhousie University 1348 Summer Street
PO Box 15000
North Tower
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Neuropsychology
  • Aging
  • Cognition
  • Attention
  • Memory and Executive Function
  • Stroke
  • Parkinsons Disease

Related information


  • A.B., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • PDF Dalhousie University; Rotman Research Institute, Toronto, ON

Research interests

Professor Eskes’ research interests include the impact of healthy and abnormal brain aging on cognitive abilities and daily function.  She is currently leading a 5-year $2.8M multidisciplinary project aimed to develop innovative cognitive assessment and rehabilitation tools and software for improving attention and cognition in older adults and in adults with brain diseases or disorders.

Selected publications

  • Whitehouse C, Green J, Giles S, Rahman R, Coolican J, & Eskes G.  2019.  Development of the Halifax Visual Scanning Test: A new measure of visual-spatial neglect for personal, peripersonal, and extrapersonal space. Apr 16: 1-11 Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. doi: 10.1017/S135561771900002X. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ploughman, M., Eskes, G.A., Kelly, L.P., Kirkland, M.C., Devasahayam, A.J., Wallack E.M., Abraha, B., Hasan, S.M.M., Downer, M.B., Keeler, L.,Wilson, G., Skene, E., Sharma, I., Chaves, A.R., Curtis, M.E., Bedford, E., Robertson, G.S., Moore, C.S., McCarthy, J., Mackay-Lyons, M. 2019. Synergistic benefits of combined aerobic and cognitive training on fluid intelligence and the role of IGF-1 in chronic stroke, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Mar;33(3):199-212. doi: 10.1177/1545968319832605. Epub 2019 Feb 28.
  • Champod, A.S., Dickie, K.M. & Eskes, G.A.  2018.  The effects of prism adaptation on activities of daily living in patients with visuospatial neglect:  A systematic review.  Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 28(4),491-514. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2016.1182032
  • Jones, S.A.H., Butler, B., Kintzel, F., Klein, R.M. & Eskes, G.A. 2016.  The Dalhousie Computerized Attention Battery (DalCAB):  Methodology and reliability in young adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:823. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00823. eCollection 2016
  • MacLean, SJ, Hassall, CD, Ishigami, Y, Krigolson, OE, & Eskes, G.A. 2015. Using brain potentials to understand prism adaptation: the feedback error-related negativity and the P300.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 335-. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00335.

Note:  Trainees working in the lab are underlined. 

Selected awards and honours  

  • Women of Excellence in Research and Education Award, Progress Club Halifax-Cornwallis, 2016
  • Visiting Scientist to Alberta, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research & Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2008-2009
  • Clinical Research Scholar Award, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, 2002-2007

Public Education

  •  “Brain Fitness:  A Prescription for Successful Aging”, Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia, November 26, 2013.
  • “Gaming and Brain Fitness: Healthy Aging Series”, Halifax Main Public Library, November 22, 2013.
  • “Sleep and Aging: Healthy Aging Series”, Halifax Main Public Library, October 11, 2013.
  • “Making the Most of Your Memory:  Healthy Aging Series”, Halifax Main Public Library, September 6, 2013.
  • “Brain Fitness and Successful Aging”, Athenaeum Society, Northwest Cove, NS, April 15, 2012.