Principal Investigator

Norman Farb, PhD

Norm received his B.A. from the University of Waterloo, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training at the Rotman Research Institute. His research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of human identity and emotion, with a focus on how cognitive biases shape emotional reactions that determine well-being. Hobbies include yoga, frisbee, sci-fi novels, and reality TV shows about cooking.

Graduate Students

Thomas Anderson

Thomas completed his BA in psychology with computer science minor at the University of Waterloo and his MA in psychology at the University of Toronto. His research attempts to understand meta-awareness: the moment we notice we were not paying attention. His work focuses on methods and tools for measuring meta-awareness and measuring the potential of meditation to enhance meta-awareness, all from a rigorous cognitive neuroscientific perspective. Thomas is also the Research Director at the Center for Psychedelic Studies and has a strong commitment to open science and sharing findings openly. Thomas enjoys dark chocolate, classic literature, and, in general, decadence.


Philip Desormeau

Phil received his B.A. from Concordia University, and is currently completing his M.A. degree in the Psychological Clinical Science program housed at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His research interests revolve around the cognitive-affective and neurobiological mechanisms underlying problem-focused coping and affect regulation in both healthy and psychiatric populations. His hobbies include meditation, fitness training, redditing, and sticking it to the man.

Le-Anh Dinh-Williams

Lê-Anh received her BSc from McGill University, MSc from University of Montreal and is currently a MA/PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto (Scarborough). Her research focuses on reward processes in the brain and how interventions designed to promote well-being alter this circuitry using fMRI. She is interested in understanting how to promote hedonic and eudaimonic affect in individuals vulnerable to chronically low mood. Her hobbies include travelling, yoga, dancing, pumping iron, scandinavian movies/books/politics, jewelry making, and mastering the art of soup.

Kyle Logie-Hagen

​Kyle started a PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto this fall and is working under the supervision of Dr. Norman Farb. Kyle has experience in meditation techniques and is interested in studying interoception as it relates to contemplative practices as well as mental and physical health for his doctoral studies. He recently completed a MSc in Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal where he studied the emotional processing of auditory stimuli, such as music and human vocalizations, using Magnetoecephalogaphy. Kyle completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario where he was involved with mindfulness meditation research.

Katie Walsh

Katie received her BA with honours at York University and is currently an MA/PhD student in the Psychological Clinical Science program at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the biological basis of depression and anxiety in relation to functional connectivity of brain networks. She is interested in understanding how differences in functional connectivity may be related to these disorders and how interventions, such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy, can produce positive change by targeting these differences in functional connectivity. Her hobbies include online gaming, Netflix, spending time with her dog, any kind of sport, and trying everything crafty.


Jordan Livingston

Jordan received her PhD with Prof. Elliot Berkman a the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the social neuroscience of the self and personal identity.

Research Assistants

Alumni / Affiliated Researchers

Geissy Araújo

Geissy received her MSc in Neuroscience from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte- Brazil, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Her research focuses on sustained attention, interoception and stress response after a brief mindfulness-based intervention. Geissy is interested in understanding the adaptation of the neuroendocrine system after meditation practice by measuring hormone levels and recording electrical and hemodynamic changes in the brain. Her hobbies include meditation, exercising, traveling and trying new things.