Peter Hall, PhD
Principal Investigator/Lab Director
Dr. Hall is a Professor in the School of Public Health & Health Systems with a research emphasis on brain health and the social neuroscience of disease prevention. Dr. Hall completed his PhD in the CPA/APA accredited Clinical Psychology graduate program at the University of Waterloo, and intensive training in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at Harvard Medical School and Duke University Medical Centre. He teaches HLTH 458 (Social Neuroscience I: Physical Health), HLTH 460 (Social Neuroscience II: Mental Health and Addictions), and HLTH 459 (Social Neurobiology of Eating). Dr. Hall has been nominated twice for an AHS teaching award; his average instructor and course evaluation scores in SPHHS are 4.5/5.0 and 4.4/5.0 respectively, over the most recent 6 course offerings. 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. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Health Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine. Outside of campus, Dr. Hall enjoys cooking, photography, and running (in descending order of competency).
Adrian Safati is a 2nd year MSc student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (Health Neuroscience research area). Adrian’s research interests include the underlying mechanisms behind the benefits of diet on brain health. Outside of the lab, his hobbies include parkour and slacklining.
Idris is a 1st year MSc student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (Health Neuroscience research area). He is interested in using a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the mechanisms that facilitate in the progression of chronic illness that directly impact brain development and individual behaviour. Outside the lab, he enjoys swimming and cooking different types of foods.
Mia is a 2nd year MSc Student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (Health Neuroscience research area). Her research interests include how lifestyle factors can impact brain health and cognition. Outside of the lab, Mia enjoys hot yoga, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Nazmus Sakib, MSc (Manitoba); MBBS (Dhaka)
Nazmus is a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Public Health & Health Systems (Health Neuroscience research area) and foreign trained physician from Bangladesh. His research interests include use of rTMS to modulate brain activity for physical and mental health applications. Outside of the lab he enjoys cycling, working out, traveling and watching movies.
Megan is a 1st year MSc student in Public Health and Health Systems. Her graduate research under the supervision of Dr. Mark Ferro focusses on youth mental health, multi-morbidity and predictors suicidality. Outside of the lab, Megan enjoys working out, playing guitar, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica Lee is currently completing her B.Sc. joint Honours degree in Kinesiology and Psychology, with a minor in Rehabilitation. Her research interests include mental health and addictions. Outside of the classroom, Jessica enjoys working out and reading. She is a 4th degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.