Lab Alumni


Previous Honors Thesis Students


Jane Girgulis (2020-21)

Jeremy Bartholomeusz (2020-21)

Sarah Harrison (2020-21)

Julia Naugler (2019-20)

Foroozan Keshavarzi (2019-20)

Leah Monson (2019-20)

Brad Gillis (2019-20)

Bess Pearson (2019-20)

Madison Presunka (2019-20)

Grace Adegunju (2018-19)

Anouk van Houdt

Adam Enders (2017-18)

I am a fourth year psychology honours student working under Dr. Barrett’s supervision. The project we are working on is looking at whether alcohol might be an important factor involved in the maintenance of smoking behavior despite initial aversive responses to smoking. I am interested in addictions and depression and plan on continuing my studies with a graduate degree. I hope to work with psychedelics in the future to help treat mental illness. I believe there is untapped potential in these substances. Overall, I am enjoying my research within Dr. Barrett’s lab and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

Robin Perry

I recently graduated from Dalhousie with a BA, Honours in Psychology. I completed my undergraduate research under Dr. Barrett’s supervision, working on a brain imaging study that seeks to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying responses to nicotine replacement therapy among acutely deprived smokers. I have since been working as a research assistant in the lab and have had the opportunity get involved with several other studies investigating the various factors involved in responses to nicotine, tobacco and alcohol administration. In my spare time I enjoy doing yoga, bouldering and going out to see live music. Next year I hope to spend some time exploring different parts of the world before I return to further my education in the field of Psychology and Neuroscience. 

Ekaterina Reymarova

Originally from Moscow, Russia, I am currently graduating from a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Psychology program at Dalhousie. I have conducted a P3000 project at Dr. Barrett's lab in the winter of 2013 looking at personality and individual susceptibility to the expectancy (or placebo) effects of smoking. After working as a research assistant over the summer, I did my honors thesis at Dr. Barrett's lab looking at social factors in regards to smoking behavior. Upon completion of my degree, I am planning to continue my studies in the fields of  Creative Arts Therapies and holistic approaches to wellness. In my free time, I love dancing and teaching fitness classes.

Sebastian Copp

In Dr. Barrett’s Tobacco and Addictions Lab, I worked on an electronic cigarette study. I found research to be very interesting, and learned that it is much more complex and time consuming in practice than I would have imagined from reading articles and journals. However the feeling and satisfaction of completing a project makes it all worth-while.  I have graduated in May 2014 with honours in Neuroscience. For the future, I'd like to attend medical school, and hopefully end up in medical neuroscience, or neurosurgery. I enjoy playing guitar, drums, and listening to all types of music. I also enjoy the outdoors, as well as making tasty beer.

Elizabeth Creene

I have just completed my third year of my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and have a specific interest in addictions research. I have been working with Dr. Barrett’s PhD student, Hera Schlagintweit, on a study looking into expectancy and temporal proximity of smoking, and the effects of these factors on craving and smoking behaviours in regular smokers. I started as a volunteer in the lab in October, and then began a research project in January, thus receiving credit for my work here. I now have a summer job working in the laboratory. Following completion of my undergraduate degree, I intend to pursue a career in counselling individuals with substance addictions. Taking part in research at Dalhousie has been an important part of building my understanding of addictions, and will aid me in understanding the subjective feelings of addicts that I work with when counselling a few years down the road. In my spare time I enjoy running, and am training for the Bluenose half marathon this year. I also contracted the travel bug prior to starting university, so when school/ work permits, I like to be jetting off to exciting destinations!

Jelisa Bradley

Jelisa Bradley completed a P3001 third-year research project under graduate student Hera Schlagintweit. Research focused on the impact of the nicotine lozenge and response expectancies on cigarette craving and self-administration.  Jelisa is completing her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and plans to pursue a medical or graduate degree after convocation.

Regan King

I have recently completed my third year of study in the Bachelor of Science program with a major in Neuroscience. I began my work in Dr. Barrett’s Lab as a volunteer in 2013 and this past year I completed a P3001 research project under Dr. Barrett’s PhD student Marcel Peloquin. My research focused on the effects of alcohol cue exposure on alcohol and cigarette cravings following acute nicotine administration. Dr. Barrett’s Tobacco Lab has allowed me to experience research and learn more about addictive behaviors. Following convocation, I hope to pursue a medical career.

Anastasija Jemcov

I'm a third year student at Dalhousie with an interest in anxiety  and mood disorders in relation to substance dependency. I will be completing a P3000 project this upcoming year that will involve analyzing personality data to examine whether certain characteristics may or may not encourage nicotine dependency. I enjoy the research process and am aiming towards completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Alex Morzycki

Originally from Halifax, I just completed my BSc with first-class honours in psychology and chemistry. My honours thesis, an ongoing project in the Barrett lab, attempted to study the effects of alcohol and energy-drink co-use. I'm currently pursuing an MSc in medicinal chemistry from the University of Toronto, after which I hope to enter an MD/PhD program.  When I'm not in the lab you can find me playing soccer, running or reading a foodie blog.

Ari Franklin

I was an honours Psychology student in Dr. Barrett’s lab, where I was interested in examining the complex nature of polysubstance use. In turn, I completed my thesis on how alcohol and tobacco products affect dependent smokers cigarette craving and self-administration behaviours. Prior to this study, my research experience included a meta-analysis on how children perform on a task of executive functioning, an evaluation of an elementary school curriculum developed to increase adolescents’ social and emotional development, and other developmental projects. After the completion of my undergraduate degree, I plan on pursuing graduate studies in either Clinical Psychology or Public Health. 

Karen Hecimovic

I began volunteering in Dr. Sean Barrett’s Substance Use and Addictions Lab while I was in my third year undergraduate program at Dalhousie.  I then proceeded to do an honours project with Dr. Barrett which focused on the effects of alcohol and Swedish-style snus on cigarette craving and smoking behaviour in dependent smokers.  The summers before and after my fourth year I was able to work in the Substance Use and Addictions Lab as a research assistant.  During this time, I helped with various studies which explored tobacco, nicotine, and alcohol use and its influence on other addictive behaviour, along with cannabis use/abuse behaviours.  I am planning to continue on to a graduate program in Clinical Psychology where I can focus on substance use and abuse. 

Joel Sardinha (2011-2012)

I was born in Goa, India and lived in Kuwait before moving to Halifax in 2002. I am a fourth year BSc student majoring in Neuroscience. My honours project is investigating the effects of Swedish-style snus on cigarette craving and self-administration when cigarettes are co-administered with alcohol. Working in this lab and on this project is my first exposure to substance abuse and addictions research. I greatly enjoy the work and company of the people in the lab. I enjoy sports (soccer, badminton, basketball), photography, cooking and music. My future aspiration is Medicine.

Lacey Peters (2010-2011)

BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – “Assessing the Reliability and Validity of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale in Individuals Receiving Treatment for Substance Use."

Tracy Monaghan (2009-2010)

BSc, Psychology and History Double Major, Honours Conversion – “Differing Personalities, Psychopathologies, Substance Uses, and Gambling Behaviours of Online, Offline and Non-Poker Playing Young Adults."

Mallory Campbell (2009-2010)

BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – “Behavioural and Subjective Responses to Nicotine-containing and Denicotinized Cigarettes Following Alcohol Consumption in Occasional Smokers"

Lindsay Peters (2008-2009)

BSc, Psychology, Honours - “Individual Differences in Smoking Cessation Outcomes of Treatment Resistant Smokers”

Steve Price (2007-2008)

BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – “Energy drink co-administration is associated with increased reported alcohol ingestion”

Jessica Meisner (2007-2008)

BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – “The Social Contexts of Non-prescribed Stimulant Use”

Kirsten Temporale (2007-2008)

BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – “Expectancy and Pharmacology Influence the Subjective and Reinforcing Effects of Nicotine"

Lyndsay Bozec (2007-2008)

BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – “Patterns and Predictors of Occasional Tobacco Users”

Adrienne Girling (2005-2006)

BA, Psychology, First Class Honours - "Heart Rate Increase to Alcohol Administration and Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Play in Enhancement Gamblers".

Previous Independent Project Students

4000 Level

Parisa Asadnejad (2012)

Tracy Monaghan (2009)
BSc, Psychology and History Double Major, Honours Conversion - "The Role of Expectancy and Pharmacology on Smokers’ Responses to the Nicotine Content of Inhalers."

Mallory Campbell (2009)
BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – "Factors Influencing Initiation and Escalation of Drug Use"

3000 Level

Julia Naugler (2018-19)

Shauna Bulman (2018-19)

Caine Meyers (2017)

Youssef Abdul Ameir (2017)

Caroline Aquano (2016)
BSc, Neuroscience - "Image perception in daily and occasional smokers"

Zoe Dworsky-Fried (2016)
BSc, Neuroscience - "Subjective and neural responses to acute nicotine replacement therapy administration in male and female smokers at varying stages of cigarette dependence."

David Kerr (2016)
BSc, Neuroscience - "Using 'Smart' Technology to Aid in Cigarette Smoking Cessation: Examining an Innovative Way to Monitor and Improve Quit Attempt Outcomes"

Anders Dorbeck (2011)
BSc, Psychology and Bioethics - "The Effects of Nicotine on Gambling Cue Reactivity in High-Risk Gamblers"

Erin Wagner (2011)
BA, Psychology - "The Effects of Alcohol on Smoking Cue Reactivity"

Mark Lobban (2011)
BSc, Psychology - "Personality Dimensions Contributing to Potential Motives and Patterns of Cannabis Use."

Lacey Peters (2009 - 2010)
BSc Psychology - "Motivational Risk Factors for Relapse to Substance Use"

Tracy Monaghan (2009)
BSc, Psychology and History Double Major, Honours Conversion – “Patterns and predictors of anxiolytic and sedative diversion in currently prescribed adults."

Mallory Campbell (2008 – 2009)
BSc, Psychology, First Class Honours – "The Effects of Tobacco and Nicotine on Cigarette Craving and Self-administration in Psychotic and Non-psychotic Smokers"

Evan Schmid (2008 – 2009)
BSc, Neuroscience – “The effects of acute doses of nicotine on the reinforcement of Video Lottery Terminal gambling in smokers”

Brittany MacGillivray (2007 – 2008)
BSc, Psychology – “Personality and Differences in Tobacco Use between Early Psychosis Patients and Controls”