Our Team

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Daniel McGrath

Dr. McGrath, PhD., is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and a Senior Research Fellow at the Alberta Gambling Research Institute (AGRI). 

His research program is primarily focused on behavioural pharmacology, personality, addictions, and risk-taking behaviour. Another major research area is the role of cognitive biases in disordered gambling. Specifically, Dr. McGrath is interested in the influence of attention to visual stimuli captured with eye-gaze tracking on gambling outcomes and ultimately relapse among remitted gamblers. Lastly, Dr. McGrath has several other gambling-focused research interests, including disordered gambling subtypes, personality characteristics of gamblers, and the role of expectancies in gambling.




Research Staff

Roshni Sohail

Roshni Sohail

Roshni completed her Honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. McGrath and is now a research assistant at the lab. Her research interests include addictive behaviours as well as abnormal, forensic, and personality psychology more broadly. Following her undergraduate studies, Roshni will be pursuing a Master’s degree at Carleton University.


Kyle Tuico

Kyle Tuico

Kyle graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), where he majored in psychology and minored in biological sciences. Broadly speaking, Kyle is interested in addictive behaviours, including online gambling and gaming. More specifically, he is interested in the interactions between addictive behaviours and substance use, personality characteristics that increase peoples' susceptibility to engaging in addictive behaviours, and cognitive biases in gamblers.


Graduate Students

Braydon Slack

Braydon Slack

Braydon is a second-year master's student in the Psychology Graduate Program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Thompson Rivers University, where he majored in psychology. Braydon's research interests include cannabis addiction, as well as the relationship between substance use and impulsivity. 


Diandra Leslie

Diandra Leslie

Diandra is a second-year master's student in the Psychology Graduate Program. She received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Toronto, where she completed a double major in psychology and human biology. Diandra's research interests include addictive behaviours, mental health, and factors that influence treatment-seeking. 


Daniel Cunningham

Daniel Cunningham

Daniel is a first-year master's student in the Psychology Graduate Program. He is co-supervised by Dr. McGrath and Dr. Chris Sears from the Cognition and Emotion Lab. Daniel completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a major in psychology at the University of Calgary His research interests include cognition and attention in those with mood, anxiety, and addictive disorders.


Honours Students

Daniel Andruchow

Daniel Andruchow

Daniel completed his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences at MacEwan University. He is now in the final year of his after degree, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in psychology. Daniel's research interests are in clinical psychology and include the mechanisms, treatments, and prevention of maladaptive behaviours (such as those related to addiction, and pertaining to psychological disorders). He is also a proponent of mindfulness, self-discipline, and guided self-help, and considers research that investigates these topics to be fascinating.


Independent Studies Students and Volunteers

Denny Morrison

Denny Morrison

Denny is a fifth-year undergraduate student completing a combined Hon. BSc Anthropology and BSc Psychology. His research interests include addiction, depression, traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, cannabis, psychedelics, the mental aspects of high-performance sports, the transition to post-athletic life, and relationships between any and all of these areas.



Graduate Students

Emma Ritchie, M.Sc., 2017-2019

Chelsea Fitzpatrick, M.Sc., 2017-2019

Christina Rash, M.Sc., 2016-2018

Research Staff

Sydney Seidel, Lab Coordinator (2020-2021)

Emma Ritchie, Lab Coordinator (2019-2020), Research Assistant (2016-2017)

Nicole Romanow, Lab Coordinator (2016-2019), Research Assistant (2015-2016)

Célina Boothby, Lab Coordinator (2015-2016), Research Assistant (2017)

Stefania Garlicka, Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Honours Students

Sydney Seidel, B.A. (Hons), 2019-2020

Stephanie Onoferychuk, B.A. (Hons), 2019-2020

Brett Rothery, B.Sc. (Hons), 2018-2019

Aisha Taylor, B.A. (Hons), 2018-2019

Stephen Williams, B.A. (Hons), 2016-2017

Christina Rash, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc., 2015-2016

Emma Ritchie, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc., 2015-2016

Independent Studies Students and Volunteers 

Daniel Cunningham, Independent Studies Student (2020)

Tugce Bozalioglu (TJ), Volunteer (2019)

Kyla Franco, Independent Studies Student (2019)

Mallaz Naimi-Beauchamp, Independent Studies Student (2017-2018)

Emma Xie, Independent Studies Student (2017-2018)

Christine Novtizky, Independent Studies Student (2017)

Eva Fluckiger, Independent Studies Student (2017)

Brittany Horiachka, Independent Studies Student (2016-2017)

Amadeus Meitner, Independent Studies Student (2015-2016)