Julia Spaniol

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Aging


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Julia received her doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto before joining the Department of Psychology at TMU in 2007. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and to Full Professor in 2020. Julia’s research investigates how motivation and cognition interact, and how these interactions change over the lifespan to support successful aging. She has used a combination of behavioural and brain-based methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERPs), and eye-tracking. Julia received 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. Julia serves on the editorial boards of the journals Psychology and Aging as well as Neurobiology of Aging, and she was a 2021/2022 section chair for the NSERC Evaluation Group 1502 (Biological Systems and Functions). Julia recently served as interim Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, in the Faculty of Arts at TMU. She is also the current Undergraduate Thesis Coordinator in the Department of Psychology.