Dr. Theone Paterson

Lab Director, Assistant Professor

I am interested in improving our understanding of the interplay between neurocognition and psychosocial functioning, and predicting real-world health outcomes in aging and chronic illness groups. My research examines important outcomes such as medication adherence in individuals with chronic illnesses, and explores the utility of emerging cognitive measures, such as those evaluating everyday cognitive abilities in the prediction of real-world outcomes. Aims of this work are to translate basic research to clinical settings through design and implementation of screening measures with utility in diverse groups, as well as to develop psychological and cognitive programs aimed at improving real-world outcomes.

Clinically, I am trained as a lifespan neuropsychologist, and my practice has focused on neuropsychological assessment and differential diagnosis in children, adolescents, adults and older adults in the context of traumatic brain injury and experienced trauma, and in adults and older adults in the context of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.

Graduate Students

Maddie Gregory, MA

Maddie is a first year PhD student in the Clinical Neuropsychology program. She is currently working on a patient-oriented research project as part of a Graduate Fellowship in conjunction with the BC SUPPORT unit and Island Health. Broadly, the project involves investigating the genetic, psychological and social determinants of risk for cognitive decline. She is also involved as a Research Assistant in a large-scale survey study (on which Dr. Paterson is a PI) aiming to study the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health, and is working on several publications.

You can find her recent publications on Google Scholar.

Morgan Schaeffer, MSc

Morgan is a first year PhD student in the Clinical Neuropsychology program. Broadly, he is interested in the interplay between neurocognition, psychosocial functioning, and chronic illness. For his MSc thesis project, Morgan used secondary data to investigate the influence of BIG-5 personality traits on the development of specific dementia syndromes in older adults. He is currently a Research Assistant on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Cognitive Functioning Study.

You can find his recent publications on Research Gate.

Cian Dabrowski, MS

Cian is a first year PhD student in the Clinical Neuropsychology program. She holds a B.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Her past research involved improving outcomes for TBI patients admitted to the ICU. She is currently working on multiple projects, including assessing individuals for cognitive impairment after COVID-19. Cian is broadly interested in exploring physiological and neuropsychological factors of trauma exposure, as well as ways in which people can be resilient in the face of stress and chronic illness.


Alison Chung, BA

Alison is a first year Clinical Neuropsychology master’s student. She is broadly interested in neurocognitive and psychosocial predictors of health in older adults living with dementia, chronic conditions, and neurodegeneration. For her master’s thesis, she intends to use secondary data to investigate neuropsychological health in older adults living with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Lewy body dementia. Outside of research, she is an avid video game player and a tutor with UVic’s Learning Assistance Program.

Honours Students

Theresa Moolman
Shahana Mamdani

Research Assistants

Alexa Danyluk, BSc

Alexa completed her B.SC. in psychology at the University of Victoria. Her honours thesis explored the role of passive coping as a mediator of loneliness and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is currently a Research Assistant on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Cognitive Functioning Study. Her research interests broadly relate to the intersection of the social world, behaviour, and well-being. More specifically, she is interested in exploring how cognitive and behavioural coping strategies can offset existing social and psychological vulnerabilities, and identifying factors that promote adaptive coping. In her free time, Alexa enjoys baking, going for walks, and drinking overpriced coffee.  In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology.

Evie Ockelford

Evie is a fourth-year student with aspirations to go into the fields of counselling or public health. Currently, she is assisting with the development of a survey that looks at the Canadian population’s use of mHealth apps, factors that influence their usage, and their levels of success. In the future, she would like to pursue research that evaluates how to best encourage vulnerable populations to access available mental health resources.

Jori Bishop

Jori is a student in the BSc combined biology and psychology program with a concentration in neurobiology. She is interested in the applications of clinical psychology to real-world issues and will be supporting the mHealth survey project. Her future research interests include mental health accessibility and patient outcomes.

Yaël Stevens
Adeeb Akhavan

Lab Alumni

Jennifer Reeves, BA – Honours Student (2020-2021); Research Assistant (2020-2022)
Taylor McEachnie, BA – Honours Student, Research Assistant (2020-2021)
Marina Parvanova, BA – Independent Study (2021-2022)
Lana Rummel – Work-Study (Summer 2022)