The holiday season is quickly approaching and Carleton experts are available to discuss related topics.

If you are interested in speaking with the experts below, please feel free to reach out to them directly. If you require other assistance, please email Steven Reid, Media Relations Officer, at

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Alfonso Abizaid
Professor, Neuroscience at Carleton University


Abizaid is available to discuss topics related to stress and food, as well as spending time with family and loneliness during the holidays.

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Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich
Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University


Jaremko Bromwich is available to talk about holiday co-parenting after separation or divorce. She recently wrote on this topic in the Conversation.

She was the manager, Diversity and Inclusion, at Gowling WLG for their offices in Canada and Russia. Prior to taking that position, she served as program director for the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program at Carleton.

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Zeba Crook
Professor, Religion at Carleton University


Crook is available to discuss the origins of Christmas, Christian controversies about Christmas, the war on Christmas, and the creation of the earliest Christian narratives about the birth of Jesus.

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Jim Davies
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science and School of Computer Science at Carleton University

Davies is available to discuss the psychology of Santa Claus, willpower and New Year’s resolutions.

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.

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Ian Lee
Professor, Sprott School of Business at Carleton University


Lee is available to discuss the importance of the holiday season for retailers, and how inflation and interest rates may impact holiday spending. He is also available to give his outlook for 2024

Lee has appeared multiple times before the House of Commons and Senate finance, banking, industry and trade committees. He has been in every Government of Canada budget lockup since 2008. He attended pre-budget consultations with the Minister of Finance in 2009 and 2011.

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Marina Milyavskaya
Professor, Department of Psychology at Carleton University


Milyavskaya is available to discuss goal setting and New Year’s resolutions.

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 is available for English and French interviews. She is unavailable from Dec. 17 to 20.

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Farzam Sepanta
PhD Candidate, Building Engineering at Carleton University


Sepanta has written in The Conversation discussing how architecture influences our shopping experiences. Sepanta is also available to discuss how to reduce home energy costs while away travelling this holiday.

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Kimberly Stratton
Professor, College of the Humanities at Carleton University


Stratton is available to discuss the historical authenticity of the Christmas story in the Bible, the true origins of Hanukkah and Wiccan Yule.

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