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Hi! My name is Josh, and I’ve recently joined mindyourmind as the new Research and Evaluation Lead. My purpose is to help assess our programs and provide guidance on new projects, with an emphasis on best scientific practices and increasing youth involvement.
I grew up in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, but I currently live with my wife and our cat, Sim, here in London. I completed my M.Sc. in Psychology at Western University, where I studied mindfulness meditation and cognitive models of category learning in humans. However, I’ve always had a deep passion for mental illness care and have tried to incorporate it into my own research. In addition to research, I’ve also spent five years teaching undergraduate courses on statistics and methodology in psychological research and helped students run their own mini-studies.
I also have a great deal of experience working in nonprofit and social organizations; having worked with the Youth Empowerment Council of Sault Ste Marie, a variety of student Unions, and the Society of Graduate Students at Western University.
Outside of academia, I have a number of creative outlets including blacksmithing, carpentry, martial arts, playing music, and producing a podcast where myself and three friends play Dungeons and Dragons. I have a great appreciation for art and feel that everyone should spend time working on something with their hands, or trying to create something. When I’m struggling or stressed, I find that it helps me to unwind, and grow confidence in my work.
I’m excited to be joining mindyourmind and I can’t wait to begin working on projects with the rest of the team.
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Josh is a cognitive scientist, acting as the Research and Evaluation Lead at mindyourmind. He enjoys playing games, recording music, cooking big meals, and bugging his cat Sim.