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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. He is past recipient of the CIHR New Investigator Award and CPA Early Career Award, and is an elected fellow of the Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research.  Dr. Hall completed his PhD in the CPA/APA accredited Clinical Psychology graduate program at the University of Waterloo, and a Visiting Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at 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. Outside of campus, Dr. Hall enjoys cooking, photography, and running (in descending order of competency).

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Adrian Safati
Graduate Student

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.

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Idris Fatakdawala
Graduate Student

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.

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Mia Papasederis
Graduate Student

Mia is a 1st 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.

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

Nazmus is a 1st 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.

Research Staff

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Megan Dol
Research Assistant

Megan recently completed her BSc in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo, and is currently working as a research assistant in the Prevention Neuroscience Lab. She is starting her Masters degree in the Fall, with a focus 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.

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Neha Malhotra
Research Assistant

Neha has recently acquired her BSc degree from the School of Public Health & Health Systems. She is a Research Assistant in the Prevention Neuroscience Laboratory with a keen interest in having a direct positive impact in others’ lives one day whether that be as a psychotherapist, professor, or an author. Outside of the lab, she enjoys new adventures, creative writing, fashion, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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Amanda Didone
Independent Studies Student / Research Assistant

Amanda is a 4th year undergraduate student working on the completion of her BSc in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. Outside the lab and her coursework, Amanda combines her love for music, physical fitness, and people by instructing Rhythm&Beats, a group cycle class that emphasizes music to motivate the challenging workout. Like many of her fellow lab members, coffee for provides her with substantial happiness and enduring energy for her daily life!