Meet the Team


Aaron P. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology

Aaron JohnsonProf. Johnson has been at Concordia since 2006. His research investigates human vision in real-world environments while performing real-world tasks. His research spans a range of areas from low-level computational models of vision, to applied research in the fields of marketing, aviation, and low vision rehabilitation.

Rick Gurnsey, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

Rick GurnseyProf. Gurnsey has been a professor at Concordia since 1992. His research focuses on vision across the visual field, and on improving statistical analysis used in the field of Psychology. He has recently published a new textbook on Statistics for Research in Psychology , which focuses on confidence interval estimations.

Lucia Farisello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Lucy FariselloDr. Farisello has been at Concordia since 2014. Her research investigates psychophysiological and self-report measures of arousal to visually explicit sexual imagery and videos. She is also developing better self-report questionnaires to explore sexuality and arousal.

Walter Wittich, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor, Psychology /  Assistant Professor, Optometry and Vision Science. 

Walter WittichProf. Wittich has been at the University of Montreal since 2014. His research investigates dual sensory impairments (e.g., vision and hearing loss), and how these may impact other areas of older adults health (e.g., Cognition).

Visual Impairment Research Lab @ UdM



Postdoctoral Fellows

Caitlin Murphy, PH.D.

Postdoc, Psychology

Caitlin MurphyDr. Murphy research investigates the physiology of the retina in individuals with visual impairment using the Scanning Laser Opthamoloscope imaging modality. Her research is building a database of images of individuals with visual impairment, with behavioural and cognitive measures, allowing both researchers and clinicians to better understand how vision loss impacts other areas of health.

Leon Franzen, PH.D.

Postdoc, Psychology / JMSB

Leon FranzenDr. Franzen is a horizon postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Johnson and Prof. Grohmann (JMSB). His doctoral research at the University of Glasgow investigated the perceptual mechanisms involved in Dyslexia. At Concordia, he will be working on visual marketing behaviour.


Graduate Students

Elliott Morrice, MA.

PhD Candidate (Clinical & Research Option), Psychology

elliott_morriceElliott’s research investigates if (and how) visual impairment impacts measures of cognitive assessment. He aims to develop substitute measures for commonly used cognitive assessments that can be performed without vision. More information


Maria Santaguida.

PhD Candidate (Research Option), Psychology

Maria’s research investigates the acute effects of alcohol on individuals’ subjective and psychophysiological responses to visual sexual stimuli, using eye-tracking, genital thermography, and self-report measures. Her research also focuses on the role of sex-related alcohol expectancies in risky sexual decision making. More information 

Simon Dubé.

PhD Candidate (Research Option), Psychology

Simon Dube

Simon’s research investigates how individuals’ psychophysiological and subjective responses to sexual stimuli relates to their sexual preferences using eye-tracking, EEG, genital thermography, and self-report questionnaires. His research is also interested in the emergence of new interactive/immersive sexual technologies (e.g., sociosexual artificial intelligence/robotics, virtual/augmented sexual reality). More information

Karine Elalouf

PhD Candidate (Research Option), Psychology

Karine ElaloufKarine’s research investigates how arousal can change our choices during decision making. She uses the delayed discounting paradigm to explore this, exploring different commodities including money and sex.

Arash Sharma

MSc Candidate, JMSB

Arash SharmaArash’s research investigates behavioural economics, and how visual cues impact our decisions to part with money. He is particularly interested in how charitable donations are influenced by the visual cues in the advertisement.

Sam Clement-Coulson

MA Candidate (Research Option), Psychology

Sam Clement-CoulsonSam’s research investigates human factors involved in aviation. He is interested in pilot training and the layout of the aviation flight deck (e.g., instrumentation). More information

Zoey Stark

MA Candidate (Research and Clinical Option), Psychology

Zoey StarkZoey’s research investigates how different font types (e.g., OpenDyslexic, Times New Roman) impacts reading performance in a Dyslexic population. She uses eye tracking to observe if the different fonts lead to changes in the characteristics of the eye movements, and changes to the attentional window.


Brandon Huard

MSc Marketing Candidate, JMSB

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Austin Trudeau

MSc Marketing Candidate, JMSB

Austin Trudeau

With a primary focus in behavioural economics and delayed discounting paradigms, Austin’s research surrounds the impact of emotional affect on decision-making.
Having completed his undergraduate thesis in collaboration with the Marketing Faculty at the John Molson School of Business (Laboratory for Sensory Research) in 2018, he is currently conducting follow-up study, given his previous findings.


Undergraduate Students

Corina Lacombe

Research Coordinator

Corina LacombeCorina’s research investigates how scene perception impacts anxiety using psychophysics and EEG/heart-rate/eye-tracking.

She is also interested in using psychophysiological measures to assess self-reported stigma towards low vision assistive devices.

Stephanie Pietrangelo

Researcher, Psychology

Stephanie PietrangeloStephanie’s research is linking the Drusen present in the retina of individuals with low vision with their cognitive abilities. Longitudinal research has demonstrated that individuals with Drusen are up to four times more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease compared to age-matched older adults. Her research will investigate this at the level of the individual.

Sophie Hallot

Undergraduate, Psychology

Sophie HallottSophie’s work investigates the impact of call quality on a video conference application using self-report measures and eye tracking.








Mathew Martin

MA (Research Option), Psychology

Matt MartinMatt’s MA thesis investigated how summary statistics are impacted by splitting attention across multiple visual features (e.g., size, orientation, colour).

Current Position: PhD Analytics, UQAM.

Julie Shilhan

Ph.D. (Clinical and Research Option), Psychology

Julie ShilhanJulie’s PhD thesis investigated the development of the a sexual Stroop task to psychophysically measure arousal in men and women.

Current Position: Clinical Private Practice, Sudbury.

Bruno Richard

MA & Ph.D. (Research Option), Psychology

Bruno RichardBruno’s PhD thesis investigated the mechanisms involved in the detection of manipulations in broadband spatial frequency contrast in images containing natural scene statistical relationships.

Current Position: Postdoc, Rugters

John Brand

Ph.D. (Research Option), Psychology

John BrandJohn’s PhD thesis investigated the impact that attention has on rapid scene perception (i.e., scene gist).

Current Position: Faculty, Dartmouth University.

Florian Grond

Postdoc, Psychology

Florian GrondFlorian’s research investigated the development and use of a mobile-phone friendly audio beacon for navigating around an indoor shopping mall.

Current Position: Postdoc, McGill

Afroditi Panagapoulos

M.A. & Ph.D. (Research Option), Psychology

Afroditi PanagapoulosAfroditi’s PhD thesis explored how the splitting of attention impacts task performance.

Current Position: Faculty, John Abbott University

Angela Vavassis

M.A. & Ph.D. (Research Option), Psychology

Angela Vavassis

Undergraduate Thesis Students (and thesis topic)


Corina Lacombe                    Anxiety Natural Scenes  Current Position: MA Clin. Psych. Ottawa U.

Alexandra Connor                 Arousal Decision Making

Zoey Stark                             Dyslexia reading  Current Position: MA Clin. Psych Concordia.

Aude Rouisse                        Retina scan visual function        Current Position: Low Vision Rehabilitation Program, UdM.

Stephanie Pietrangelo            Retina scan cognitive function   Current Position: Low Vision Rehabilitation Program, UdM.


Brandon Huard                      Driving Simulator

Austin Trudeau                      Delayed Discounting

Sarah Raimi                           Digital Pegboard Low Vision


Julien Hughes                       Cognitive Screen Low Vision


Lauren Gazzard                     Eye movement arousal

Julien Rice                             EEG Scenes

Joella Martire                        Low vision SLO-OCT

Saida Adisa                           Hearing and assistive device.

Arash Sharma                        Eye movement marketing           MSc, JMSB, Concordia


Sarah Rassi                            Low vision shopping

Jake Applebaum                    Eye movement arousal

Yvette Essess                        Hybrid Search

Jessica Wilson                       Low vision iPad

Karine Elalouf                       Eye movement variability in video


Michelle Bauer                      Sex arousal

Cassandra Fehr                      Colour Scene Processing

Marie-Eve Leclerc                 Sex arousal

Christina Nadon                    Low vision iPad

Anna Sotnikova                     Low vision iPad


Charlie Ohayon                     Scene Processing

Dara Heather                         tDSC Vision


Johnathan Greggain              Scene perception and attention

Heather Woods-Fry              Macular Degeneration

Ata Hatami                            Rapid scene perception


Dmitre Novikov                    Eye movement magic

James Graves                        Perceptual Learning


Bruno Richard                       Concussion

Vanessa Doyon-Cadieux      Macular Degeneration

Sylvie Labertie                      Leaning tower illusion


Sylvie Labertie                      Perception of Art

David Derry                          Contrast Natural Scenes

Anthony Paventi                  Properties fixated Scenes

Jessica Zang                          Colour Scene Recognition

Germaine Lam                      Amplitude discrimination