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Rovet Lab

Sarah Wheeler

Sarah Marie Wheeler (nee Borkowski)
BSc, MA, PhD candidate

Phone: 416-813-5670
Fax: 416-813-8839
e-mail: sarahb@psych.utoronto.ca
The Hospital for Sick Children
Psychology Research, Neurosciences & Mental Health Program

University of Toronto
Department of Psychology, Program in Neuroscience, Clinical Extension in Neuropsychology

Sarah graduated from the University of Toronto at Scarborough with an Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Neuroscience and a major in Psychology in June of 2003. The following September she enrolled in the Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto and joined the Rovet lab. In 2005, she completed a Master of Arts in Psychology studying the effects of early thyroid hormone loss on the subsequent colour vision of children. She is currently working on her PhD and her research interests lie in understanding the hippocampus and its relation to memory abilities in children and adolescents and the effects of disrupting development of the hippocampus through a lack of thyroid hormone early in life.

Achievements and Awards

09/2007-08/2008
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), University of Toronto

09/2004-08/2008
The Hospital for Sick Children Research Training Competition award (RESTRACOMP), The Hospital for Sick Children

09/2005-08/2006
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), University of Toronto

09/2004-08/2005
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), University of Toronto

09/2003-08/2004
University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF), University of Toronto

09/2003-08/2004
Graduate School Tuition, University of Toronto

05/2003-08/2003
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council- Undergraduate Student Research Award, University of Toronto at Scarborough

09/2002-05/2003
Undergraduate Program Scholarship, University of Toronto at Scarborough

09/2000-05/2001
Undergraduate Program Scholarship, University of Toronto at Scarborough

09/1999-05/2000
University of Toronto Scholar/ Entrance Award, University of Toronto at Scarborough

Publications

Erb S, Funk D, Borkowski S, Watson SJ, Akil H. (2004). Effects of chronic cocaine exposure on the expression of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and CRH-binding protein mRNA following drug-free periods of up to six weeks: anatomical focus on the central nucleus of the amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Neuroscience. 123:1003-1009.

Conference Presentations

Wheeler SM, Rovet J. (2007, June) Reduced hippocampal volume in adolescents with congenital hypothyroidism reflects early thyroid hormone loss and predicts subsequent memory performance. NeuroImage, 36, S119. Poster at Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, USA.

Rovet J, Desrocher M, Sheard ED, Wheeler SM, Skocic J. (2007, June) Reduced hippocampal volumes in congenital hypothyroidism. Endocrine Society, Toronto.

Borkowski S, Westall C, Rovet J. (2005, October) Reduced colour vision in children with thryoid hormone loss in late pregnancy or early infancy. Poster at 13th International Thyroid Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rovet J, Mirabella G, Borkowski S, Rosenberg L, Lafoyiannis D. (2005, September) Abnormal visual functioning in infants and children with pre and postnatal thyroid hormone insufficiencies. Hormone Research. 64: 19-20. Paper presented at ESPE/LWPES Joint Meeting Paediatric Endocrinology, Lyon, France. Selected for oral presentation- presented by J Rovet.

Borkowski S, Westall C, Rovet J. (2005, May) The effects of an early life transient thyroid hormone deficiency on the subsequent colour vision capabilities of children. Poster at University of Toronto Program in Neuroscience Poster Day.

Erb S, Borkowski S, Funk D, Watson Jr. SJ, Akil H. (2003, November) Effects of chronic cocaine on CRH and CRH-BP mRNA expression in the extended amygdale following drug-free periods of up to 28 days. Poster at 33rd annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Teaching Assistantships

University of Toronto

  • Introduction to Abnormal Psychology:Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007
  • Abnormal Child Psychology: Spring 2004
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Fall 2003