Get Involved!!

Interested in volunteering as a Research Assistant? 

We are always looking for fresh new faces and minds to join our team. If interested in volunteering in the lab, please send your CV and unofficial transcript to Dr. Fiocco ( NOTE: At this time, we are looking for volunteers who are available three times a week, to assist with the Virtual Tourism Study.



Be a Participant in a Research Study!

We have ongoing studies in the StAR Laboratory.

  • Predictors of Cognitive Function:

Searching for older adults, 65+ years of age, to participate in  study that examines the impact of biological and psychosocial factors on brain health in late life.
For more information, ask for Danielle or Laura.

Searching for Chinese parents, 40+ years of age, with at least 1 child to participate in a study that looks at the relationship between filial piety and well-being among Chinese individuals.
For more information, ask for Vivian.


  • The Virtual Tourism Study:

Searching for persons living in retirement residence or long-term care facilities to participate in a 6-week study that evaluates the benefits of travel in the virtual environment (using a VR head set). Participation will include completing an interview session before and after 6-weeks of virtual travel. All sessions will take place at the retirement/long-term care facility. For more information, ask for Laura.

CLOSED Studies: The following studies are closed. If you were a participants and are interested in learning about the study outcomes, please contact us!

  • Breast Cancer Survivor Study/乳腺癌戰勝者的研究 (in Collaboration with University of Ottawa)

  • Music and Health Study

  • Mindfulness for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia Study (funded by the Mind and Life Institute 1440 Grant)

  •  Mindfulness for Older Adults (funded by the Ryerson University Health Research Fund)