Jennifer Mepham received her Bachelor of Science degree with an Honours Specialization in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
She then went on the earn her Master’s of Science, also from Western, studying the neurobiological basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Jennifer is now working toward her Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Gonzalez.
Before beginning her Ph.D., Jennifer trained and worked as a Psychometrist in a private practice, as well as working as a Research Associate in the STRONG Families and Children lab.
Her specific research interests are focused on the biological outcomes of intergenerational and prenatal stress and trauma, child resiliency factors, and parenting strategies.
Taylor Nelles-McGee is a Master’s student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Gonzalez. She holds an Hons BSc in Psychology from York University, a BMus in classical performance violin from The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and a certificate in Contemplative End of Life Care from the Institute of Traditional Medicine.
Her research interests include biological embedding of child maltreatment, associated resiliency-related factors, intergenerational effects of adversity, social determinants of health, and childhood grief and bereavement.
Outside of the lab, Taylor works as a professional violinist and teacher with Sistema Toronto, an equity-driven program committed to anti-oppressive practices that delivers music education and a comprehensive social curriculum to children in vulnerable communities.