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Lorna Jakobson PhD

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Current Position

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba; Scientist, Manitoba Institute for Child Health


I did my graduate work at the University of Western Ontario, where I worked under the supervision of Dr. Mel Goodale. I received a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology in 1992, and then spent 7 years on faculty at Queens University in Kingston ON before moving back to Winnipeg, where I joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba.


1992 PhD, Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Western Ontario
1988 MA Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Western Ontario
1985 BA(Hons) Psychology, University of Manitoba

Research Focus:

My main research interest lies in studying long-term outcomes in children who were born very prematurely. I am particularly interested in looking at the effects of very preterm birth and associated medical complications on the development and functioning of parts of the brain dealing with vision, social cognition, and higher-order executive functions. In addition to my work with children who were born prematurely, I have done research with a variety of other clinical groups including children with autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol exposure, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

A second major focus of my research program involves studying factors underlying differences in the ways that people process and interpret social cues such as facial expressions, gestures and eye movements.