Renée K. Biss
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology track at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
I completed my Ph.D. in 2014 and M.A. in 2008 in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Lynn Hasher, and my B.A. in Psychology at McGill University in 2007.
From 2013-15, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology & Cognitive Health program at Baycrest, supervised by Dr. Kelly Murphy. From 2016-17, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences, the Ontario Telemedicine Network, and AGE-WELL NCE. My clinical experience includes work in private practice and at a specialized primary care clinic for people experiencing homelessness, the Inner City Family Health Team in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
My research explores ways to maximize cognitive health and emotional well-being across the lifespan, especially for older adults experiencing memory problems such as mild cognitive impairment and dementia.
I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2018 with an honours degree in psychology. My thesis was an animal-model investigation of the relationship between spatial working memory and age. Before entering Windsor's Clinical Neuropsychology program in the Fall of 2020, I worked as a consultant for a community mental health service in my hometown of Kenora, Ontario. My current research concerns the way in which different emotions (e.g., happiness, sadness, disgust) impact our ability to connect things in memory, such as the names and faces of the people we meet. I have no concrete plans as to what type of work I will do after obtaining my PhD in the program, but I do hope to set up a private practice, possibly close to home, as a small town like Kenora would certainly benefit from more convenient access to such specialized services.
Jarod is a graduate student in the clinical neuropsychology program at the University of Windsor. He joined the program in 2021 and will be completing his graduate studies under the supervision of Dr. Biss. Before his move to Windsor, Jarod lived in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Manitoba. His honours thesis examined the feasibility and acceptability of a group, telephone-based mental health program for socially isolated older adults. Broadly speaking, Jarod is interested in examining how certain social/demographic/psychological factors (e.g., ‘cognitive reserve’, health literacy, mental health problems, socioeconomic status) may influence the cognitive trajectories of older adults. Additionally, Jarod is interested in the development and evaluation of cognitive training/cognitive stimulation programs for healthy older adults.
Lamis El-Sabaa, Undergraduate thesis student, 2021-2022
Lauren Larocque, Undergraduate thesis student, 2021-2022
Stephanie Souliere, Undergraduate thesis student and senior research assistant, 2020-2022
Sarah Elalem, Undergraduate thesis student, 2020-2021
Regan Ebanks, Undergraduate thesis student, 2020-2021
Jordan Sinadinovski, Undergraduate thesis student, 2019-2020
CURRENT AND PAST COLLABORATORS
Karen Campbell, Brock University
Charlene Chu, University of Toronto
Lynn Hasher, University of Toronto & Rotman Research Institute
Guang Ying Mo, Toronto Metropolitan University
Kelly Murphy, Baycrest Health Sciences
Guy Proulx, York University Glendon Campus
Kristoffer Romero, University of Windsor
Gillian Rowe, Baycrest Health Sciences
Sylvain Roy, Inner City Family Health Team