Dr. Barbara Fenesi

By Daniel Ansari

voicEd Radio coverage of the official opening of the new Centre for the Science of Learning at Western University led by Dr. Daniel Ansari. Featured in this series is a keynote address by Dr. Daniel T. Willingham as well as featured interviews with researchers and educators associated with the Centre.

Dr. Barabara Fenesi’s passion is rooted in understanding how the entire human organism (both the brain and the body) plays a role in student success. She draws on work from fields of psychology, education, health, neuroscience and kinesiology to identify intervention strategies that can promote cognitive function and mental health in typically developing children and youth, and in those facing academic challenges (e.g., students with ADHD).

Dr. Fenesi’s work combines both laboratory and classroom research to translate basic science into applied settings. She uses a range of techniques including cognitive and behavioural testing, and neuroimaging to identify strategies that help students better focus their attention and consequently perform better academically.