Dr. Julia Spaniol
Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Aging
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. Julia is the recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2014-2019) and has held the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Aging (Tier 2, NSERC) since 2014. She also completed a term as Graduate Program Director in the Department of Psychology (2015-2018). 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.