Assistant Professor

Sean Meehan.

Contact information

Office: BMH 1113

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 39278 

Email: skmeehan@uwaterloo.ca

Research interests 

My research focuses on brain plasticity and the neural control of movement. I utilize non-invasive methods, like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG), to study the neural correlates of performance and skill learning in healthy and clinical populations. In particular, my current focus is centred upon how different brain systems underlying motor control/learning interact to determine brain plasticity with an emphasis on enhancing stroke rehabilitation.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

  • Research volunteer
  • Undergraduate research
  • MSc thesis
  • PhD thesis

Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.

Graduate studies application details 

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies 

Neuroscience, motor control, motor learning, neurologic disorders 

Courses 

KIN 415: Clinical Neurophysiology

Education 

BSc (Honours), Biology, Queen's University

MSc, Kinesiology, York University

PhD, Kinesiology (Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences), University of Waterloo

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications

Suzuki, L.Y., & Meehan, S.K. (2018). Verbal working memory modulates afferent circuits in motor cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience. 10.1111/ejn.14154

Mirdamadi, J.L., Suzuki, L.Y., & Meehan, S.K. (2017) Attention modulates specific motor cortical circuits recruited by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuroscience. 359, 151-158, 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.07.028

Meehan, S.K., Mirdamadi, J.L., Martini, D.N. & Broglio, S.P. (2017). Adolescent concussion results in chronic motor cortical excitability and plasticity change. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11(5), 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00005

Mirdamadi, J.L., Suzuki, L.Y. & Meehan, S.K. (2016). Motor cortical plasticity in extrinsic hand muscles is determined by the resting thresholds of overlapping representations. Neuroscience. 333, 132-9.10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.07.015

Mirdamadi, J.L., Suzuki, L.Y. & Meehan, S.K. (2015). Agonist contraction during intermittent theta burst stimulation enhances motor cortical plasticity of the wrist flexors. Neuroscience Letters. 591, 69-74. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.02.020

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo