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Associated and Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. Alba Agostino
  • Dr. Morton Beiser 
  • Dr. Diana Brecher 
  • Dr. Michael Cusimano
  • Dr. Ben Dyson
  • Dr. Peter Farvolden
  • Dr. Maryanne Fisher 
  • Dr. Andrea Gonzalez 
  • Dr. Karl Hanson
  • Dr. Behrang Keshavarz
  • Dr. Tuuli Kukkonen
  • Dr. Robert Levitan
  • Dr. Traci McFarlane
  • Dr. Maya Roth
  • Dr. Michael Seto
  • Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana
  • Dr. Lisa Hawke
  • Dr. Michael Suvak 
  • Dr. Thomas Teo
  • Dr. Stephanie Penney
  • Dr. Kolitha Wickramage
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau
  • Dr. Eric Hehman
  • Dr. Anne Wagner
  • Dr. Jeffrey Abracen  
  • Dr. Morton Beiser  
  • Dr. Diana Brecher  
  • Dr. Ben Dyson  
  • Dr. Peter Farvolden  
  • Dr. Kelly Horner  
  • Dr. Behrang Keshavarz  
  • Dr. Traci McFarlane  
  • Dr. Gurjit Singh 
Limited Term Faculty
Dr. Paolo Ammirante Profile

Dr. Paolo Ammirante

Assistant Professor (LTF)

PhD, Macquarie University

Specialization: music perception and cognition, rhythm perception and production, melody, brain rhythms

Biography: Dr. Paolo Ammirante is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Limited Term Faculty). He completed his MQRES-funded PhD at Macquarie University in 2011, and postdoctoral research at Ryerson’s SMART Lab in 2017.

He has taught a range of courses at Ryerson and George Brown College, including Introduction to Psychology I and II, Psychology of Thinking, Adult Development, and Psychology and Design. As we are all students of human thought and behaviour, Paolo’s teaching encourages students to consider psychology’s claims in light of their own observations and experiences.

One focus of Dr. Ammirante’s research is rhythm production. Finding and moving to a musical beat is simple and effortless, but it is not well understood how we do it. Another interest is in how musical thinking is guided by the body. For example, he has shown that statistical trends in large collections of melodies and hip-hop lyrics may reflect musical decisions that are guided by what our voices can and can’t do. A current project looks at whether a listener’s expectation of the next note in a melody is guided by its singability.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Ammirante, P. & Copelli, F. (2019). Vowel formant structure predicts metric position in hip-hop lyrics. Music Perception, 36(5), 480–487.

Russo, F. A, & Ammirante, P. (2018). Music perception and cognition. In J. T. Wixted (Ed.), Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (4th ed.). Wiley.

Quinto, L., Ammirante, P., Connors, M. H., & Thompson, W. F. (2017). Prodigies of music compo-sition: Cognitive abilities and developmental antecedents. In G. McPherson (Ed.), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Musicology and Ethnomusicology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ammirante, P., Patel, A. D., & Russo, F. A. (2016). Synchronizing to auditory and tactile metronomes: A test of the auditory-motor enhancement hypothesis. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(6), 1882–1890.

Ammirante, P., & Russo, F. A. (2015). Low-skip bias: The distribution of skips across the pitch ranges of vocal and instrumental melodies is vocally constrained. Music Perception, 32(4), 355–363.

Braun, T., Thompson, W. F., Ammirante, P., & Ranvaud, R. (2014). Timing skills and expertise: Discrete and continuous timed movements among musicians and athletes. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1482.

Dr. Will Huggon profile

Dr. Will Huggon

Assistant Professor (LTF)

PhD, University of Toronto
416-979-5000 x2632

Specialization: social psychology, law, forensics, stereotypes, prejudice, bias, discrimination

Biography: Dr. Will Huggon is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Limited Term Faculty). He did his undergrad at the University of Toronto Mississauga with a Specialist in Psychology and a Major in Crime and Deviance. This led to Master's and Doctoral degrees in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto St. George Campus with a focus on bias in court trials. His teaching specialities and research interests are in the areas of Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Forensic Psychology, specifically in Self Psychology, Attitudes, and Prejudice, Bias, and Discrimination, and especially within a Law and Forensic based research area and setting.

He has taught at the University of Toronto, at both the downtown and Mississauga campuses, where he taught Introduction to Psychology (Research Labs), Social Psychology, Advanced Social Psychology (Attitudes), Intergroup Relations (Prejudice), Psychology of the Self, Psychology and Law, Forensic Psychology, and Self-Consciousness.

Dr. Huggon strongly believes learning is not just about memorization of facts; instead, it is about genuine integration and absorption of ideas. He has a real enthusiasm for Psychology, and tries to convey that to his students by demonstrating his own interest – showing why they should be interested, and hopefully that translates into their own increased interest in the material.

Aside from Teaching, Dr. Huggon loves to run and workout and had translated that into giving talks to student groups on health and wellness as well as using his profile to help raise awareness and resources for charity organizations such as the YMCA, CIBC Run for the Cure, and Unicef.

Dr. Elham Satvat

Assistant Professor (LTF)

PhD, Wilfred Laurier University
416-979-5000 x2051

Specialization: Brain and cognition, biopsychosocial perspective on life span development, addiction, normal brain and cognitive aging, research methods, adult hippocampal neurogenesis.

Biography: Elham Satvat is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Limited Term Faculty).  She did her undergrad and graduate degrees in psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University with a specialization in Brain and Cognition. Her graduate work was funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and she received the Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence for her doctoral thesis. Upon completion of her PhD degree, she was awarded a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, to work in the laboratory for Neural Computation, Aging and Memory at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2010, she became a NARSAD Young Investigator Awardee and as a Principal Investigator received a 2-year research grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Her research has focused on the relationship between adult hippocampal neurogenesis, learning and memory as it relates to aging, stress, and depression.

Between September 2012 to May 2018 she taught various courses in psychology, neuroscience, health, and research methodologies at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. In 2016, she was the recipient of the distinguished Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Teaching Award, for which she was also nominated in 2014. Her lectures are interactive and she encourages students to think critically about their work and research.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

·      Lui E., Salim, M., Chahal, M., Puri, N., Marandi, E., Quadrilatero, J, & Satvat, E. (2017) Chronic corticosterone-induced impaired cognitive flexibility is not due to suppressed adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Brain, Behaviour, Research, 332, 90-98.

·      Satvat, E., Gheidi, A., Voll, S., Odintsova, I. V., & Marrone, D. F. (2012). Location is everything: neurons born during fluoxetine treatment accumulate in regions that do not support spatial learning. Neuropharmacology62(4), 1627-1633.

·      Schmidt*, B., Satvat*, E., Argraves, M., Markus, E. J., & Marrone, D. F. (2012). Cognitive demands induce selective hippocampal reorganization: Arc expression in a place and response task. Hippocampus22(11), 2114-2126. (*Equal contribution).

·      Marrone, D. F., Satvat, E., Shaner, M. J., Worley, P. F., & Barnes, C. A. (2012). Attenuated long-term Arc expression in the aged fascia dentata. Neurobiology of aging33(5), 979-990.

·      Satvat*, E., Schmidt*, B., Argraves, M., Marrone, D. F., & Markus, E. J. (2011). Changes in task demands alter the pattern of zif268 expression in the dentate gyrus. Journal of Neuroscience31(19), 7163-7167. (*Equal contribution).

·       Satvat, E., & Mallet, P. E. (2009). Chronic administration of a Ginkgo biloba leaf extract facilitates acquisition but not performance of a working memory task. Psychopharmacology202(1-3), 173-185.

Directors & Coordinators
Dr. Brian Rabinowicz profile

Brian Rabinowciz

Professor & CE Coordinator

416-979-5000 x6195

Biography: Professor Rabinowitz serves as the Continuing Education Coordinator for Psychology in the Chang School of Continuing Education. he has been interested for many years in furthering adult education in psychology through individual courses and certificates. He recently retired from full-time teaching at Ryerson, where he taught Environmental Psychology, Perspectives in Psychology, and Introduction to Psychology for 27 years. He completed his graduate training in cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Toronto where he studied cerebral asymmetries in language processing. His current intellectual interests are in the effects of the physical environment on behaviour.

Michael K. Cheng, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist
Director, Psychology Training Clinic

St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team
80 Bond Street
Room 1-131
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1X5
416-864-6060 x77265

Dr. Michael K. Cheng is Director for the Ryerson Psychology Training Clinic at St. Michael's Hospital, where he plays a key role in the training of our clinical psychology MA and PhD students, and in Ryerson's very successful partnership with St. Michael's.  

Dr. Cheng is a clinical and rehabilitation psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  He completed his doctorate at the APA- and CPA-accredited clinical psychology program at the University of Windsor and his APPI-accredited internship at the University of Rochester.  He has additionally completed a post-doctoral masters degree in clinical psychopharmacology.  Dr. Cheng is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA), and Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT).  He has presented and published in the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder, objective assessment of psychopathology, and psychological adjustment to orthopaedic injury and chronic pain.

Dr. Cheng previously held the position of Psychology Practice Lead at the CARF-accredited interdisciplinary rehabilitation program at Altum Health / University Health Network (UHN), centered at Toronto Western Hospital.  While at Altum, he also held a lecturer appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Cheng has a strong interest and experience in teaching and supervision.  He has provided supervision for several psychologists during their supervised practice registration year.  While at Altum, he regularly provided peer consultation services and facilitated regular psychology practice rounds.