As the summer winds down and students prepare to return to class, Carleton experts are available to discuss related topics, including goal setting, healthy choices, routines, mental health, the transition to university, cannabis use and multitasking.

Marina Milyavskaya
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 7490

Milyavskaya is available to discuss goal setting, as well as healthy choices and routines.

Milyavskaya’s research examines why people are successful in the pursuit of certain goals, but not others. Her work looks at the factors that promote successful goal pursuit and attainment, as well as self-regulatory mechanisms. Her other research interests include autonomy support, health behaviours, attachment and well-being across a person’s lifespan.

Jim Davies
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science and School of Computer Science

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 1109

Davies is available to discuss multitasking.

As the Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, Davies explores computational modelling and artificial intelligence applied to human visual imagination. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds. He is a frequent contributor to Nautilus magazine and is author of Riveted: The Science of How Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe. He is a co-host of the Minding the Brain podcast.

Andrea Howard
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Phone:  613-520-2600, ext. 3055

Howard is available to discuss mental health and the transition to university. The first year of university is a significant time of transition as students navigate a broad range of new academic choices, expectations and social groups, and many students move away from home. These changes may present new challenges for previously well-functioning, high-achieving students.

Howard’s research primarily examines mental health, including depression and anxiety, and use of alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and other drugs during adolescence and into adulthood.

Kim Hellemans

Instructor III, Department Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 2973

Hellemans is available to discuss topics related to mental health and the transition to university, as well as cannabis use on campus.

Hellemans’s research interest lies in the study of vulnerability to mental illness. Her past research explored the role of adverse environmental experience in susceptibility to drug addiction. Her current research examines how prenatal exposure to alcohol influences later life susceptibility to mental illness. Helleman’s other main research interest is sex differences in mental illnesses; depression is twice as common among women. She is a co-host of the Minding the Brain podcast.

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