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Margot Taylor

Title: Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Designations: PhD
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 306321
Alternate Contact Name: Patricia Ramos
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5175
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U of T Positions: Professor, Departments of Medical Imaging, Paediatrics and Psychology

Research Positions

Senior Scientist 
Neurosciences & Mental Health


Dr. Margot Taylor received her doctorate from McGill and in 1981 was recruited to SickKids in Neurology as Director of Evoked Potential Labs. In this position, she established a wide range of clinical and research applications of evoked and event-related potentials in paediatrics. She moved to Toulouse, France in 1998 as Directeur de Recherche, CNRS. Taylor was recruited back to SickKids 2004, as Director of Functional Neuroimaging in Diagnostic Imaging. Her research centres on the use of MEG, fMRI and MRI to understand the neural bases of cognitive development and includes clinical populations, such as youth with autism and very preterm-born children.


  • neural underpinnings of social and cognitive development
  • effect of emotions on face processing and attention
  • neuroimaging in preterm neonates and prediction of outcome

Taylor’s research investigates the neural bases of cognitive development. Areas of study include development of executive functions and social cognition using a wide range of protocols adapted for children. Current studies use MEG and functional MRI, as well as structural MRI, and include normative series and clinical populations (children through to adults with autism and children born very preterm). The research determines the neural bases, temporal and spatial aspects of the development of higher-order abilities, such as emotion regulation, working memory, inhibition, theory of mind and how these cognitive skills emerge with typical and atypical development. Taylor's research also involves following very preterm born infants longitudinally from birth to mid childhood to determine the impact of very early brain development on later cognitive outcome.

Education and experience


  • 1974: BA Honours, Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
  • 1977: MA, Psychophysiology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby,
  • 1980: PhD, Experimental Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC  


  • 2004–present: Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Diagnostic Imaging, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2004–present: Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, Research Institute
  • 2004–present: Professor, Departments of Paediatrics, Medical Imaging and Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1998–2004: Directeur de Recherche, C.N.R.S. at CerCo, Université Paul, Sabatier, Toulouse, France
  • 1981–1998: Neurophysiologist, Director of Evoked Potential Labs, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 1991–1998: Cross-appointed in the Division of Neonatology
  • 1980–1981: Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Neurology, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, QC 

Academic appointments

  • 2004–present: Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2007: Cross-appointed as Professor in the Department of Psychology, U. of T, Toronto, ON
  • 2005–present: Full member of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1994–1998: Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1984–1994: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1981–1984: Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON


  • 2013: Surgeon General of Canada Medal for Service - Brigadier-General J.R. Bernier
  • 2011: International Exchange Scholar - Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2008: Excellence in MEG Research in Developmental Neuroscience - Josephine Mills Annual Research Award
  • 1994–1995: Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) Poste Orange, Unité INSERM #316, Tours, France
  • 1998: Visiting Professor - Okazaki National Research Institutes, Okazaki, Japan


  1. Vandewouw, M.M., Young, J.M., Mossad, S.M., Sato, J., Whyte, H.E.A., Shroff, M.M., Taylor, M.J.  Mapping the neuroanatomical impact of very preterm birth across childhood.  Human Brain Mapping, 2020, 41(4):892-905. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24847. 
  2. Sato, J., Mossad, S.I., Wong, S.M., Hunt, B.A.E., Dunkley, B.T., Urbain, C., Taylor, M.J.  Spectral slowing is associated with working memory performance in children born very preterm.  Science Reports, 2019, 9(1):15757. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-52219-0. 
  3. Hunt, B.A.E., Wong, S.M., Vandewouw, M.M., Brookes M.J., Dunkley, B.T., Taylor, M.J.  Spatial and spectral trajectories in typical neurodevelopment from childhood to middle age.  Network Neuroscience2019, 3(2), 497–520. doi: 10.1162/netn_a_00077. 
  4. Urbain, C., Sato, J., Hammill, C., Duerden, E.G., Taylor, M.J Converging function, structure, and behavioural features of emotion regulation in very preterm children.  Human Brain Mapping, 2019, 40(11):3385-3397. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24604. 
  5. Yuk, V., Anagnostou, E., Taylor, M.J.  Altered connectivity during a false-belief task in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2020S2451-9022(20)30101-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2020.04.007.  

  • Understanding the thoughts and emotions of others: neuroimaging measures of typical and atypical development.  Taylor, M.J., Pang, E.W., Smith, M.L., Anagnostou, E.  CIHR-BSB 2015-2021.  6yr grant.  1st year $129,703 (total $811,599). 
  • Cognitive functions in children born very preterm; relation to brain structure and function from birth through childhood.  Taylor, M.J., Sled, J.G., Whyte, H.E., Miller, S.P., Shroff, M.M., Smith, M.L. CIHR-BSC, 2014-2019.  5yr grant, 1st year $164,340 (total $821,701). 
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