People

Lab Director

Dr. Craig Chapman

Dr. Craig Chapman

Dr. Chapman started the ACELab when he joined the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in January, 2013.  Before that, he was a post-doctoral fellow at UBC, working with Drs. Jim Enns, Todd Handy and Alan Kingstone.  Before THAT, he was a graduate student at UWO, working with Dr. Mel Goodale. And BEFORE THAT, he was a UBC undergraduate, born and raised in the Fraser Valley (Go Canucks!). Dr. Chapman is passionate about his science, and about his family – ask a few questions, and he’ll talk for hours, often very loudly. Although he never really knows how to answer the question, when asked by non-neuroscientists, “What do you do”? or “What are you?” the best answer he can give is to call himself a Behavioural Neuroscientist. But, people who know neuroscience know that Behavioural Neuroscience means working with animals, which isn’t right.  So to neuroscientists, Dr. Chapman says, “Let’s go grab a drink and talk science!”

(Dr. Chapman’s CV)

Graduate Students

Jennifer Bertand

Jennifer Bertand

MSc Phys Ed & Rec

Jennifer is an MSc student in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, working in the ACE Lab under the supervision of Dr. Chapman. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta in 2015, which included a practicum in London, UK in a clinical neurophysiology unit. Jennifer is keen to understand how the brain works at the neuronal level, and how this translates to decision-making and movement. Specifically, she is interested in how specific electrical brain oscillations may affect discrimination decision-making. She enjoys working with the ACE Lab’s new electroencephalography (EEG) machine, and is excited to work with her fellow lab-mates and research assistants to complete great and meaningful research. When not in the lab, Jennifer enjoys skiing, tasty food, documentaries, traveling, and hanging out with her bunny, Poppy.

Ewen Lavoie

Ewen Lavoie

MSc Phys Ed & Rec

Ewen is a born and raised Edmontonian with a diverse background consisting of researching, teaching, coaching, and community involvement. He completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in 2009, following it up with a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Secondary Education in 2011. Through both of these degrees, Ewen was heavily involved in the competitive swimming community in Edmonton, having competed with the U of A Golden Bears Varsity Swim Team in 2005-2006, and coaching various levels from learn-to-swim programs to national level athletes. After 4 years of coaching competitive swimming and teaching junior high and high school science and mathematics, Ewen joined the ACELab as a Research Assistant in the Summer of 2015, and continued that Fall working towards an MSc. Ewen’s current research project focuses on using various technologies to assist in the performance assessment of upper limb prosthetic devices. Over the years, Ewen has volunteered with a number of organizations around Edmonton, and continues to assist the Steadward Bears Paraswimming Program, as well as the Paediatric Rehabilitation Unit at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Ewen is passionate about science, education, and creating positive situations and environments for individuals to grow, be challenged, and pursue their goals. Ewen’s philosophy on life can be summed up in the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

Nathan Wispinski

Nathan Wispinski

MSc Psychology (co-supervised by Dr. Anthony Singhal)

Nathan is a MSc student in Psychology working in the ACELab with Dr. Chapman, and the Attention and Action lab with Dr. Anthony Singhal. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business at UBC, but not before spending a summer in the then-new ACELab in 2013. Nathan is interested in researching how people make decisions, but especially in the computations the brain makes when deciding between options. If you can’t find him getting overly excited about some data, he is most likely trying to hide the true number of internet browser tabs he has open at one time.

Guests of honor

Quinn Boser

Quinn Boser

Research Assistant
Leif Edwardson

Leif Edwardson

BSc Kinesiology

Leif is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta. Leif enjoys spending his free time studying for really hard tests and writing papers for school, except when he has the option to do almost anything else, such as the multitude of sports he is involved in. Leif has big dreams for the future, but he is still trying to figure out which ones to follow, so is just trying to enjoy life as it goes!

Safia Samji

Safia Samji

BSc Kinesiology Practicum Student

Safia is a fourth year BSc. Kinesiology student completing her practicum as a research assistant on the HAPTIX project. Born and raised in Edmonton, she has the unfortunate luck of constantly being let down by her favourite hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers (aside from ’06). Safia has spent the last four years as an active member of the U of A Ismaili Students’ Association, serving as the Sports & Wellness Rep as well as the President. She has also been heavily involved in managing and planning two summer camps for the last five years. This past summer, she had the amazing opportunity to coach the WP Wagner Senior Women’s soccer team to a city championship (Go Warriors!). When she isn’t busy volunteering within the community or playing hockey, she can be found watching movies, drinking tea, playing with her dog Nikko and admiring the beautiful (yes, beautiful) sites of Edmonton. Safia is very excited to a part of this team and is looking forward to a great practicum experience!

Aida Valevicius

Aida Valevicius

PhD Biomedical Engineering

2015/2016 Undergraduates

Hany Awad

Hany Awad

Psychology Volunteer
Mark Breitkreutz

Mark Breitkreutz

Phys Ed & Rec Volunteer
Danielle Cormier

Danielle Cormier

Psychology Directed Studies student

Hey there! My name is Danielle and I am completing my final semester as a Psychology major and Physical Sciences minor. My day generally consists of working in the ACElab, drinking coffee, working over in the MATHlab too, coaching and playing volleyball, drinking coffee, volunteering at the Peer Support Centre, engaging in a few self-care activities, drinking coffee, and finishes with an unsuccessful attempt to fall asleep after somehow becoming too caffeinated during the day. During my final year at the University of Alberta, I have realized my interest in neuropsychology and EEG-driven research, and am hoping to further these skills during my time with Dr. Chapman by working closely with both Jennifer and Nathan to facilitate first baby steps of their graduate projects. Thanks for reading!

Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis

Phys Ed & Rec Volunteer
Ifrah Gilani

Ifrah Gilani

Neuroscience Directed Studies (451) student
Samantha Ho

Samantha Ho

Neuroscience volunteer

Samantha is a second-year undergraduate student in the program of Neuroscience helping out in Dr. Chapman’s ACElab with rapid-reaching projects. She was born in Vancouver and raised partly in Taiwan where her grandparents held a farm. Aside from the times she spends running between classes, she enjoys trail jogging and occasionally misses the mountains too much. Luckily on her move to Edmonton nearly two years ago she brought along her two cellos to keep her accompanied. She is a huge fan of Friedrich Dotzauer’s pieces and you can frequently find her humming his etudes. As much as academic classes are overwhelming, she is enlightened during lectures and fascinated by many practical research methods on campus. She looks forward to working further with the ACElab team!

Ariba Kamal

Ariba Kamal

Neuroscience volunteer
Ognjen Kovic

Ognjen Kovic

URI award winner / Research Assistant
Sarah Li

Sarah Li

Phys Ed & Rec volunteer

Hey, I’m Sarah and I’m in my third year of my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (the science-y one)! I was born and raised in Edmonton, but I’m currently living in New Zealand while I complete my semester abroad at the University of Otago. When I have a bit of free time, I like to hang out with friends, play volleyball, work out, go snowboarding, play guitar and piano, or cook!

Shihao Lin

Shihao Lin

Neuroscience Directed Studies (451/452) student

I grew up in China and I came to Canada in 2010. Before I came, I used to be a trumpet player in the orchestra of my high school in China. Then, I spent one year for high school in Hamilton and I came to the University of Alberta for my undergraduate degree. I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student in Neuroscience at the U of A. I enjoy having conversation with friends in different fields about their excitement about successes as well as the difficulties they had. From these conversation, I gain more insight about their passions to further exploring their own potentials which is always very encouraging to myself. Studying at the U of A provides me many chances to communicate with friends from different cultural backgrounds and friends in different areas of study. I have learned their unique life experience and approaches to solve problems. I became further interested in how an individual’s unique life experiences are incorporated into their characters. I love to understand how different sensory signals are integrated in the brain to form percepts of the environment so that individuals can consider certain aspect of life as more important according to their experience. In the ACE lab, I am working with Nathan Wispinski on a project focuses on the relationship between attention during action and subsequent affective evaluations. It is always amazing to work in this team and I am still learning from everyone in the lab. In my spare time, I love to watch movies and animations. I love to discuss with my friends about what I have watched and especially how does the music backgrounds of a particular scenes support the sense of that scenes. I also love tennis as one of my spare time topics in both playing and talking about it (a lot). I always try to keep my mind open, trying my best and be excited about what I will experience in the next moments.

Jeff Sawalha

Jeff Sawalha

Psychology Directed Studies student
Andrew Steele

Andrew Steele

Phys Ed & Rec Volunteer

Summer 2013 Undergraduates

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

KIN Practicum Student

I was born and raised in Calgary and came to Edmonton to complete my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I originally intended to go into physiotherapy; however, by third year I developed an interest in psychology. I am aiming to enter a Masters program in Kinesiology with a specific interest in sport psychology. I particularly enjoy social psychology, but am also interested in skill acquisition and performance. In the ACELab, I worked on a project to investigate how we could use motion tracking to more easily measure how successfully prosthetic limb users can perform a simple movement task. Practicum Poster BLINC Presentation

Kai Di Chen

Kai Di Chen

UARE Research Intern • UBC Science Co-op

I am a UBC undergraduate studying a double major in computer science and math, who aspires to be a recreational mathematician paid to do fancy programming. I’m commonly found in my natural habitat: seated before a computer working through a third cup of tea. This summer, I created software to construct static and tracked 3D models based on motion capture data for the ACELab. UARE Poster BLINC Presentation

Nathan Wispinski

Nathan Wispinski

UARE Research Intern

I am currently a student at the University of British Columbia in Honours Psychology with a minor in Commerce. In the ACElab this summer, I worked on projects that explore decision making through reaching movements, and invigorated a bottomless affection for coffee. My research interests frequently involve aspects of finance and economics in a psychological context. UARE Poster