Adrianna Mendrek joined the Psychology Department at Bishop's University in 2012. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Departments of Psychiatry of Université de Montreal and Université de Sherbrooke, as well an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Recherche de l'Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal, where she has established a research program concerned with sex and gender differences in grave psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.
Over the years her research in behavioral and clinical neuroscience has evolved around three major themes: 1) sex and gender differences in neurocognitive function in psychopathology and in health; 2) functional neuroanatomy of psychiatric disorders (especially schizophrenia and drug dependence, but also autism and ADHD); 3) motivation, emotion and reward circuitry.
The research at her BU LAB - ‘Sex, Gender & Altered States of Mind’ includes: examining the effects of drugs (e.g., nicotine and alcohol) on cognitive and emotional processing in men and women; exploring mood alterations, drug craving and stress reactivity, across sex, gender, and menstrual cycle; investigating positive, negative and unexpected effects of meditation; as well as establishing collaborative projects with Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montreal (e.g., studying women with early versus late onset psychosis)
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