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Rovet Lab

Karen Willoughby

 

Karen Willoughby
B.Sc., MA, PhD candidate

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext.5670
Fax: 416-813-8839
e-mail: karen.willoughby@utoronto.ca
The Hospital for Sick Children
Neurosciences & Mental Health Program; Department of Psychology

University of Toronto
Psychology, Brain & Behaviour Program

Karen graduated from McMaster University with a B.Sc. in developmental psychology and is currently working on her PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in understanding the development of autobiographical memory in both typically and atypically developing children, as well as the underlying neuroanatomic correlates of autobiographical memory. She joined the Rovet lab in October 2006.

Achievements and Awards

  • First place finalist and recipient of The Hospital for Sick Children Restracomp Scholarship, 2007
  • Canadian Psychological Association Travel Grant Award, 2007
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario, 2006
  • William Line Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Psychology, University of Toronto, 2006
  • Abe Black Memorial Prize for Outstanding Achievement in an Honours Thesis, McMaster University, 2005

Conference Presentations

Willoughby KA, Sheard ED, Nash K, Rovet J. (June, 2007). Effects of prenatal exposure of alcohol on hippocampal volume and memory functioning. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference, Chicago, IL.

Sheard ED, Willoughby KA, Williamson M, Rovet J. (June, 2007). Hippocampal volume and memory performance in higher-order multiple birth children. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference, Chicago, IL.

Willoughby KA, Grusec JE. (June, 2007). Childhood experiences of corporal punishment and emerging adults’ current well-being: a cross-cultural comparison. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Willoughby KA. (May, 2007). Effects of prenatal exposure of alcohol on hippocampal volume and memory functioning. Presentation for the fifth annual CIHR-FAS-NET research-in-progress meeting, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON.

Willoughby KA, Sheard ED, Nash K, Rovet J. (April, 2007). Effects of prenatal exposure of alcohol on hippocampal volume and memory functioning. Poster presented at the Program in Neuroscience Poster Day, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Willoughby KA, Sheard ED, Nash K, Rovet J. (March, 2007). Hippocampal volume and memory functioning in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Poster to be presented at the Imaging Network of Ontario Symposium, Toronto, ON.

Willoughby KA. (March, 2007). Childhood experiences of corporal punishment and emerging adults’ current well-being: A cross-cultural comparison. Presentation of Master’s research for the Department of Psychology MA Day, University of Toronto, Toronto ON.

Willoughby KA, Milliken B, Crump M. (May, 2005). Attention capture: the influence of implicit cognitive processes in a visual search task. Poster presented at the Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference, Peterborough, ON.

Willoughby KA, Milliken B, Crump M. (April, 2005). Attention capture: the influence of implicit cognitive processes in a visual search task. Poster presented at the McMaster University Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference, Poster presentation, Hamilton, ON.

Papers and Publications

Willoughby, K. A., Sheard, E. D., Nash, K., & Rovet, J. (2008). Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on hippocampal volume, verbal learning, and verbal and spatial recall in late childhood. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 1022-1033.

Grusec, J. E., Almas, A. N., & Willoughby, K. A. (2008). Discipline and Compliance. In M. H. Marshall & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Child Development. Elsevier: Oxford.

Willoughby, K. A., Desrocher, M., & Rovet, J. (in prep). Developmental differences in episodic and semantic autobiographical memory: Effects of age, gender, and retrieval support. Child Development

Rovet, J. & Willoughby, K.A. Maternal thyroid function during pregnancy: Effects on the developing fetal brain. In S. Connors (Ed.), Maternal Influences on Fetal Neurodevelopment: Clinical and Research Aspects. Springer: New York.

Lanteigne, D., Willoughby, K. A., Desrocher, M., & Rovet, J. (in prep). Autobiographical Memory and Emotion: Gender Differences Between Childhood and Adolescence. Cognition & Emotion

Milliken, B., Willoughby, K. A., & Crump, M. (in prep). Attention capture: The influence of implicit cognitive processes in a visual search task.