Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day and Carleton experts are available to comment.

Alfonso Abizaid
Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 1544

Abizaid can speak to a variety of topics, including stress, diet, coping, exercise, vulnerability and resilience.

Abizaid is an expert in how the brain integrates sensory and hormonal information to modulate eating, reproduction and activity rhythms. He researches the hormonal regulation of circadian behavior. Abizaid’s work examines the impact of metabolic hormones and aging on the circadian system, which could lead to treatments that maintain biological and behavioral rhythms functioning optimally for a longer period of time.

Marina Milyavskaya
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 7490

Milyavskaya’s research interests include perfectionism and mental health issues (such as anxiety and depression) and she has recently published a paper on this topic.

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.

Milyavskaya will be available for interviews on Oct. 10.

Jim Davies

Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science and School of Computer Science

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 1109

Davies is available to discuss stress.

As 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.

Kim Hellemans
Instructor III, Department Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 2973
Email:   Kim.Hellemans@carleton.ca

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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