Sandra Wiebe, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
Associate Chair (Research), Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
Email
sandra.wiebe@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-2237
Address
P-243 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9

Associate Chair (Research), Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
Email
sandra.wiebe@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

I joined the University of Alberta in 2009, as a member of the Developmental Science area in Psychology. After receiving my B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg, I went on to complete a Ph.D at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, minoring in Neuroscience, and several postdoctoral research positions at Southern Illinois University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Research

My research examines how children develop the ability to regulate their behaviour, attention, cognition, and emotions, how these abilities emerge and develop in the infant, toddler, and preschool years, how changes in behaviour relate to brain development, and what factors put children at risk for developing problems with self-regulation. To study these questions, I use methods drawn from Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, including game-like tasks adapted from adult neuropsychological tests and behavioral neuroscience measures, sometimes in conjunction with neuroimaging methods like event-related potentials (ERPs), in which small ongoing changes in voltage at the scalp that reflects underlying brain activity are recorded. In addition, I am interested in how contextual and genetic factors (nature and nurture) interact to influence children's developing self-regulatory skills, including prenatal risk factors such as smoking during pregnancy, postnatal factors such as physical activity, and genetic factors related to the dopamine system.


Teaching

I regularly teach PSYCO 531 (Design and Analysis in Psychological Research I), PSYCO 323 (Infant & Child Development), and Special Topics seminars (PSYCO 421/622) on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and the Lifespan Development of Executive Function. I also supervise students in individual research through the Psychology and Neuroscience Honours programs, PSYCO 299 (Research Opportunities in Psychology), and PSYCO 396/398/496/498 (Independent Study).

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Courses

PSYCO 421 - Advanced Topics in Human Development

An in-depth review and analysis of research in an area of human development. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or SCI 151, and PSYCO 323 or PSYCO 327 or PSYCO 329. Note: Consult with the Department for the specific topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Science]

Winter Term 2021
PSYCO 531 - Design and Analysis in Psychological Research I

[Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2020
PSYCO 622 - Topics in Developmental Psychology

[Faculty of Arts]

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

A cross-cultural examination of selective attention in Canada and Japan: The role of social context
Author(s): Sawa Senzaki, Sandra A. Wiebe, Takahiko Masuda, & Yuki Shimizu
Publication: Cognitive Development
Volume: 48
Page Numbers: 32-41
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885201417302691
Proactive control in early and middle childhood: An ERP study
Author(s): Jonah Elke, Sandra A. Wiebe
Publication: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 28-38
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878929316301864
Valence matters: An electrophysiological study on how emotions influence cognitive performance in children
Author(s): Aishah Abdul Rahman, Sandra A. Wiebe
Publication: Developmental Psychobiology
Volume: 61
Page Numbers: 290-303
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dev.21813
Prenatal tobacco exposure and self-regulation in early childhood: Implications for developmental psychopathology
Author(s): Sandra A. Wiebe, Carrie A. C. Clark, Desiree M. de Jong, Nicolas Chevalier, Kimberly Andrews Espy, & Lauren Wakschlag
Publication: Development & Psychopathology
Volume: 27
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 397-409
External Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25997761
Language dominance and cognitive flexibility in French-English bilingual children
Author(s): Elena Nicoladis, Dorothea Hui, & Sandra A. Wiebe
Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume: 9
Page Numbers: Article 1697
External Link: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01697/full