Peter Hall, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Hall is a Full Professor (tenured) in the School of Public Health Sciences with a research emphasis on brain health and the social neuroscience of disease prevention (ORCID: Dr. Hall completed his PhD at the University of Waterloo, and intensive training in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at Harvard Medical School and Duke University Medical Centre. He is a member of the University of Waterloo Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and where he is actively involved in developing new approaches to cognitive assessment using fNIRS and rTMS technologies.

Dr. Hall teaches HLTH 358 (Social Neuroscience I: Mental Health and Addictions), HLTH 458 (Social Neuroscience II: Lifestyle and Chronic Illness), and HLTH 459 (Social Neurobiology of Eating).  Dr. Hall has been nominated twice for an Applied Health Sciences teaching award; his average instructor and course evaluation scores in SPHHS are 4.5/5.0 and 4.4/5.0 respectively. He is highly committed graduate student mentorship, and has graduated (as primary supervisor) 9 MSc students and 5 PhD students to date, with 3 more PhDs in progress. Two MSc and three honours students under his mentorship have gone on to pursue careers in medicine at top North American medical schools in recent years.

Dr. Hall is a past recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award and CPA Early Career Award, and is an elected fellow of the Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research. Outside of campus, Dr. Hall enjoys cooking, photography, and cycling (in descending order of competency).


Nazmus Sakib, MSc (Manitoba); MBBS (Dhaka)

Nazmus is a 4th year PhD student in the School of Public Health Sciences (Health Neuroscience and Cognitive Epidemiology) and foreign trained physician from Bangladesh. His research interests involve reciprocal relationships between adiposity and brain health, as well as neuromodulation technologies. Outside of the lab he enjoys cycling, working out, traveling and watching movies.


Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a first year PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience and is currently supported by an NSERC doctoral award. Her research interests involve the neurobiological underpinnings of psychopathy. In her spare time, she enjoys doing martial arts and trying not to fall off rollerblades.


Alkarim Billawala

Alkarim is a 1st year MSc student in the School of Public Health Sciences (Social Neuroscience and Public Health). He also completed his undergraduate degree in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include social neuroscience: brain-environment interaction pathways, cancer care: quality and safety, and health systems: performance evaluation. His other interests include technology and automation, weight lifting, and spending far to much time spoiling his dog, Bear. 


Anna Hudson
Post-doctoral Researcher

Anna Hudson is a postdoctoral researcher who finished her Masters and PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience with a co-supervision in Developmental Psychology here at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests involve examining cortical and behavioural indices of self-referential processing and attention across the lifespan. Outside of the lab, she enjoys horseback riding, travelling, and either relaxing at home or spending time with friends.