Principal Investigator






Graduate Students






Lab Coordinator




Current Undergraduate Thesis Students

Kira Rudakova

Chloe White (PURA)


Dr. Bartz completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 2004 with John Lydon at McGill University. She then went on to a Post-doctoral fellowship with Eric Hollander at the Seaver Autism Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. In 2007 she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai, and in 2011 she retuned to McGill University, and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. 

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Jonas is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology. He is interested in how stress influences our self-perceptions and how we interact with our social environment. To this end, he studies the effects of stress on processes such as empathy, mentalizing, and prosocial helping behaviours. 



twitter: @jonasnitschke


Kristina is a PhD student in Social Psychology at McGill University. Her research examines the neurobiological substrates that contribute to the formation and maintenance of social bonds, as well as the influence these mechanisms exert on emotional and physical health. Kristina holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kristina is funded by doctoral fellowships from SSHRC and the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative sponsored by the CFREF.  


twitter: @k_tchalova


Amy's research focuses on identifying situational factors and individual differences that impair demonstrated empathic accuracy. She is also interested in the relational consequences of fluctuations in empathic accuracy and cognitive empathy, which a specific interest in support provision.


Talya recently graduated from McGill Psychology with a Bachelor of Arts and now works as a lab coordinator for Professor Bartz. She is interested in the biology of human affiliation and eager to learn what affects human sociality, such as stress.
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