Principal Investigator

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a core member of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western.  My background and training are in cognitive neuroscience and I am broadly interested in many aspects of learning, with a particular interest in how implicit and explicit memory mechanisms contribute to language acquisition.





Postdoc (cosupervised with McRae, Joanisse and Kohler labs)

Melissa is a postdoctoral fellow through the BrainsCAN initiative at Western. She received her PhD in cognitive science at UCSD doing research at the language-knowledge interface using both electrophysiological and behavioral measures. Her research focuses on individual differences in (domain) knowledge and how they shape information processing and comprehension in real time during reading. Personal website

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Ph.D. Student

Jerrica Mulgrew is a PhD student in the Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences (CDBS) cluster in the Psychology Department. She completed her B.Sc at Trent University where she studied the relationship between early language and later numeracy skills in preschool children. Now, at Western University, she is examining the relationship between neural entrainment and statistical learning. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, drawing, playing music, and expanding her plant collection.



M.Sc. Student
(co-advised with Dr. Jessica Grahn)

In 2016 I completed my Honours BA in Psychology at Bishop's University.  I'm currently a Master of Science student here at Western University.  During my time in my undergrad, I investigated the relationship of auditory stimulation and sleep quality, stage length and latency.  I've always been interested in sleep, specifically brain activity during each stage of a given sleep cycle, and how it can be affected by various stimuli.  I hope to continue to explore this area during my work here at the Batterink Lab.  As a musician, I have a passion for music and its relationship with our brain function, not only in exciting or traditional settings for music, but also during the mundane moments of our everyday lives.  My hobbies include all things music, as well as wilderness/backcountry trekking and camping.



M.Sc. Student

Stacey Reyes is a second year MSc student who is interested in the areas of neural entrainment, statistical learning, and attention. In 2014 she completed her honours BA at York University where she studied the role of Sensory Processing in Audiovisual Integration of Speech in Autism. She then attended the MSc program in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University, studying in labs focused on attention and speech perception. With a personal interest in highly stigmatized groups, she was humbled to complete clinical work in forensic mental health in Kingston, Canada’s prison capital. Most recently she worked on an ERP project at University of Toronto Scarborough exploring sensorimotor integration and movement planning in Autism. A Toronto native, Stacey enjoys spending her spare time at Second City and stand-up comedy bars.



M.Sc. Student

Ashwin in a MSc student in Neuroscience studying the role of sleep in memory consolidation.

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M.Sc. Student

I am a first year MSc student in the Psychology program, and I completed my BSc in Psychology at Queen's University in 2019. I spent the past year working at the University of Toronto as a lab manager, conducting research focusing on how children and adults form and alter their memory representations. While here in the lab, I am interested in studying how brain activity during sleep supports learning and memory consolidation, and how that may change over the course of development. Outside of the lab I love to go for walks/runs, bake, and binge Netflix!



MSc Student (co-supervised with Dr. Stefan Kohler)

Helena is a MSc student in Neuroscience.



Undergraduate Honours Student

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Past Lab Members


Stephen Van Hedger, PhD.

Former Undergraduate Honours Students

  • Steven Zhang

  • Amanat Ludhar

  • Mykayla Winspear

  • Kailee Liesemer

  • Isabel Child