my primary academic appointment is in the department of surgery at mcmaster university, where i hold administrative appointments as the special advisor to the vp (research) and executive director of research and high performance computing. i also hold appointments as an educator researcher at the wilson centre, and as a scientist with the centre for minimal access surgery. in addition to my primary appointments at mcmaster, i am affiliated with the mcmaster institute for music and the mind and the program for educational research and development. i also hold graduate appointments in the health research methodology and health science education programmes, the departments of psychology, neuroscience and behaviour & linguistics and languages, and the school of computational science and engineering.
i am a behavioural neuroscientist by training, with a special interest in how our experiences help shape our sensory and motor systems. much of my research focuses on how we learn complex skills, and using this knowledge to improve training paradigms. i work primarily with health professionals, musicians and athletes, though my work generalises to many other domains. my lab also studies how we evaluate performance, particularly in high-stakes environments. the 'big picture' questions driving this work are how learning and practice change our brain, and the way that information flows between different systems. Please visit my lab site for more information.