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Dr. Natalia Jaworska is the Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory at the Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR); a position she started in March 2017. She is also Assistant Professor (Research) with the Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (uOttawa) as well as Adjunct Professor in Psychology at uOttawa and Carleton University.
Dr. Jaworska holds a BSc (Neuroscience) from the University of Alberta, and an MSc (Psychology/Neuroscience) from Dalhousie University, where she conducted research in an animal model of depression. Her doctoral training was carried out at the University of Ottawa (Psychology) and focused on characterizing brain electrical profiles in depressed individuals. She subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary and McGill University.
Broadly, her research centers on better understanding brain function and structure in mental illness, particularly mood disorders, as well as the neural features associated with treatment response. Dr. Jaworska hopes to utilize brain-based indices to optimize treatment of mental illness, with a focus on depressed youth. She employs various neuroimaging techniques, including clinical electrophysiology (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) in her work.
-Sex difference on neural profiles
-Effects of antidepressant interventions (drug, aerobic exercise, stimulation therapies) on neural features
-Antidepressant response prediction
-Youth mental health
-Neural profiles of emotional processing and cognition
Dr. Jaworska has received research funding from various provincial and national granting agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She currently holds a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant, and is a recipient of IMHR’s Emerging Research Innovators in Mental Health (e-RIMh) incubator program.
Her full list of publications can be found here.