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Rovet Lab

Sara Stevens

Sara Stevens
BA, MA, PhD candidate
Room 6406

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext.4343
Fax: 416-813-8839
e-mail: sara.stevens@sickkids.ca

Neurosciences & Mental Health Program; Department of Psychology;
The Hospital for Sick Children

University of Toronto
Psychology, Brain & Behaviour Program

Sara graduated from McMaster University with a BA Honours in Psychology, with a specialization in behavioural neuroscience and a minor in health studies. She is currently starting work for her PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in understanding the socioemotional aspects and deficits in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and which specific neuroanatomic biomarkers are affected. Sara joined the Rovet lab in September 2007.

Achievements and Awards

  • The Hospital for Sick Children Bursary 2008
  • Poster Award – Sick Kids Scientific Retreat 2008
  • NSERC CGS 2007-2008
  • Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarship 2005-2006
  • McMaster Honours Award 2002-2004
  • ERI scholarship 2002-2005
  • National Women’s Scholarship 2002-2003

Publications

Greenbaum, Rachel, L., Stevens, Sara A., Nash, Kelly, Koren, Gideon, & Rovet, Joanne. (2009). Social Cognitive and Emotion Processing Abilities of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Comparison with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ACER, 33, 1-15.

Stevens, Sara A., West, Greg L., Al-Aidroos, Naseem, Weger, Ulrich, & Pratt, Jay (2008).  Testing whether gaze cues and arrow cues produce reflexive or volitional shifts of attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 1148-1153.

West, Greg L., Stevens, Sara A., Pun, Carson, & Pratt, Jay (2008). Visuospatial Experience Modulates Attentional Capture: Evidence from Action Video Game Players. Journal of Visual, 8, 1-9

Bosnyak, D. J., Stevens, S.A., Gander, P.E., & Roberts, L. E. (2006). Phase dynamics in the 40Hz auditory steady state response. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Biomagnetism International Congress Series, ICS-1300, Vancouver, Canada.

Conference Presentations

Stevens, S.A., Nash, K., Greenbaum, R., & Rovet, J. Capturing the Socioemotional Profiles in Children Exposed to Prenatal Teratogens. Presented at the American Psychological Association (August, 2009). Also to be presented at the 2009 Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise Meeting, Toronto, September 2009.

Nash, K., Stevens, S.A., Greenbaum, R., & Rovet, J. Cognitive and Linguistic Functioning in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and Prenatal Cocaine Exposure (PCE). Presented at the American Psychological Association (August, 2009).

Nash, K., Stevens, S.A., Greenbaum, R. & Rovet, J. Capturing the Social Emotional and Cognitive Linguistic Profiles of Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol and Cocaine. Presented at the 2009 Research Society on Alcoholism conference.

Laidlaw, K., Stevens, S., & Pratt, J. (2008, November). Reflexive Or Not? Examining Attentional Orienting and the Gap Effect. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, Illinois.

Stevens, S., Greenbaum, R., Nash, K., & Rovet, J. (2008, September). Comparing Social Cognitive and Emotion Processing in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Poster presented at the Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable, Montreal, Canada.
Poster also presented at Sick Kids Research Institute Retreat- November, 2008.

West, Greg L*., Stevens, Sara A., Pun, Carson, & Pratt, Jay. (2008, May). Video Game Playing Enhances Practical Attentional Skills. Poster presented at the Visual Science Society Conference, Florida.

Stevens, Sara A., & Pratt, Jay. (2007, November). An object-based attentional repulsion effect. Poster accepted at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California.

Al-Aidroos, Naseem, Stevens, Sara A., West, Greg L., Weger, Ulrich, W., & Pratt, Jay. (2007, November). Gaze cues and arrow cues produce reflexive shifts in attention that do not affect perceptual accuracy. Poster accepted at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Long Beach California.

Stevens, Sara A., & Jay Pratt. (2007, May). Attending to peripheral cues distorts objects. Poster presented at the Visual Sciences Society Conference, Sarasota, USA.

Stevens, Sara A., & Pratt, Jay. (2007, June). Central cues disinhibit the oculomotor system. Poster presented at the Centre for Vision Research Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Al-Aidroos, Naseem, Stevens, Sara A., West, Greg L., Weger, Ulrich, W., & Pratt, Jay. (2007, June). Gaze cues and arrow cues produce reflexive shifts in attention that do not affect perceptual accuracy. Poster presentation at the Centre for Vision Research Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Stevens, S.A., Gander, P.E., Bosnyak, D.J., & Roberts, L.E. (2006, April). Phase dynamics of the 40Hz auditory steady state response. Poster presented at the 15th International Conference on Biomagnetism. Vancouver, Canada. August 2006.

Poster also presented at the Undergraduate Thesis Conference. Waterloo, Canada, April, 2006 and the Annual McMaster Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Undergraduate Thesis Student Conference, April, 2006).

Communications

Stevens, Sara A*, Nash, Kelly, Sheard, Erin D., Fantus, Ellen, Sorbara, Donna, Koren, Gideon & Rovet, Joanne. The Complex Etiology of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Presented at the FACE Satellite Meeting at the 2009 RSA Scientific Conference.

Nash, Kelly, Stevens, Sara A., Skocic, Jovanka, & Rovet, Joanne. Voxel-Based Morphometry of the Frontal Lobes in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Presented at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Study Group at the 2009 RSA Scientific Conference.

Stevens, Sara, A.*, Nash, Kelly, Sheard, Erin, & Rovet, Joanne. (2008). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: In search of the elusive behavioral phenotype. Presented at the 2008 Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Satellite Meeting at the 2008 Joint Research Society on Alcoholism/ ISBRA Scientific Conference, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC., June 2008

Stevens, Sara A.*, Nash, Kelly, Kamino, Daphne, Sheard, Erin, & Rovet, Joanne. (2008). Investigating the Orbitofrontal Cortex and Socioemotional Functioning in FASD. Presented at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group at the Research Society on Alcoholism, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC., June 2008

West, Greg L., Stevens, Sara A., Pun, Carson & Pratt, Jay (2008, September). Visuospatial Experience Modulates Attentional Capture. Presented at the Canadian Game Studies Association, British Columbia, Canada.

Pratt, Jay, Arnott, Stephen R., & Stevens, Sara A. Modulating the attentional repulsion effect. Presented at Experimental Psychology Society Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2007.

Stevens, Sara A. Shaken baby syndrome. Invited talk presented for the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program group at the University of Toronto, OISE. Toronto, Canada, June 2007.