Basic information


Hedieh Tehrani

Membership status

Program member


Prior to my studies at York, I completed a Bachelor of Science in the Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph. As I was undecided about the path I was most interested in pursuing, I took time after the completion of my degree to gain employment experience. During this time I was able to focus on researching and volunteering in areas that were of interest to me, which ultimately led me to Psychology and Neuroscience.

I currently work as a Clinical Research Project Coordinator in Dr. Joseph DeSouza's Multisensory Systems Neuroscience laboratory ( where we are investigating motor learning and improvements in gait, balance, and quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Please see the National Ballet School's (NBS) website for further information about the PD project:

The undergraduate thesis I conducted under the supervision of Dr. DeSouza involved tracking structural brain changes as a result of learning in an expert group of ballet dancers. I employed the use of diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI) to observe the long-term practice-induced changes in the architecture of nerve fibers between regions of interest that have been identified to be involved in motor learning.

I am also involved in two studies in collaboration with Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and the University of Toronto. In the first project, we have conducted a survey in the General Surgery units to assess the current gaps in delirium care in order to create a guideline for ensuring interprofessional consistency in managing delirium patients. The second project is examining the relationship between Quality Improvement (QI) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Psychiatry, looking at the current challenges and future opportunities for integrating QI into CPD activities.

My future goal is to apply for the Physician's Assistant (PA) program at the University of Toronto. I look forward to continuing my education and wish to continue to conduct medical research for the advancement of human health, prevention, and quality of life.

Research interests

Clinical Research, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Psychoneuroimmunology

Research experience

Research Assistant (casual)
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam
University of Toronto & UHN
November 2013 – Present

Clinical Research Project Coordinator
Dr. Joseph DeSouza
Multisensory Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, York University
September 2013 – Present

Research Assistant (Volunteer)
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam
Toronto Western Hospital
February 2013 – Present

Research Assistant (Volunteer)
Dr. Jill Rich
Clinical Research, York University
October 2012 – September 2013

Undergraduate Specialized Honours Thesis
Dr. Joseph DeSouza
Multisensory Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, York University
September 2012 – April 2013

Research Assistant (NSERC USRA)
Dr. Joseph DeSouza
Multisensory Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, York University
May 2012- August 2012

Research Assistant (Volunteer)
Dr. Joseph DeSouza
Multisensory Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, York University
September 2011 – August 2013

Research Assistant (Volunteered with Master's student)
Dr. Doug McCann
Affective Cognition Laboratory, York University
November 2011 – February 2012

Skill and resources

MRI Safety: Level 1 (2012)
MRI Safety: Level 2 (In progress)
BrainVoyager QX (fMRI, DTI)
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
Simply Accounting
Microsoft Office
FLASH (moderate)
Corel Draw
Radiograph Reading (moderate to advanced ability for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine x-rays)
French Immersion
Farsi (moderate ability to speak; reading and writing in progress)