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Research Day 2016

Department of Psychiatry Research Day 2016

On October 14, the 26th annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day took place at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. Research Day gathered together 103 faculty, students, staff and researchers for 32 informative poster presentations and 12 outstanding oral presentations. The oral presentations included two talks from keynote speaker Dr. Terrie Moffitt, Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, Duke University and Associate Director, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, Dept. of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Research Day prizes were awarded to:

Best Undergraduate Presentation: Ms. Kayla Joyce – “A Retrospective Study of Female Gambling Behaviour Across the Menstrual Cycle.”

Best Graduate Student Presentation: Ms. Sara Bartel – “Heavy Episodic Drinking Among Romantic Partners: Support for the Partner Influence Hypothesis Using a 3-Year Longitudinal Design.”

Best Resident Presentation: Dr. Abraham Nunes – “Of meals, models, and habits in the brain: a review of reinforcement learning studies in eating disorders.”

Best Junior Faculty Presentation: Dr. Gabrielle Rigney –  “Towards improving children’s sleep using a school-based sleep education program: A randomized controlled trial.”

Best Psychiatry Staff Presentation: Ms. Jill Cumby – “Needs of Parents with Severe Mental Illness and their Offspring.”

A special thanks to all those who made Research Day 2016 a success especially the Research Day Subcommittee members, Drs. Rudolf Uher and Sherry Stewart and Jen Brown and Annette Cossar.