Julia received her doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. Since 2007, Julia has directed the Memory and Decision Processes (MAD) lab in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Julia’s research investigates how motivation and cognition interact, and how these interactions change over the lifespan to support successful aging. She uses a combination of behavioural and brain-based methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potentials (ERPs). Julia teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.