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 (see ORCID profile). 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 SPHS 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).