Theone Paterson

Theone Paterson
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2017 (Simon Fraser University) Joined Department in 2019

Office: COR A266


 I am interested in improving our understanding of the interplay between neurocognition and psychosocial functioning, and predicting real-world health outcomes in aging and chronic illness groups. My research examines important outcomes such as medication adherence in individuals with chronic illnesses, and explores the utility of emerging cognitive measures, such as those evaluating everyday cognitive abilities in the prediction of real-world outcomes. Aims of this work are to translate basic research to clinical settings through design and implementation of screening measures with utility in diverse groups, as well as to develop psychological and cognitive programs aimed at improving real-world outcomes.

Clinically, I am trained as a lifespan neuropsychologist, and my practice has focused on neuropsychological assessment and differential diagnosis in children, adolescents, adults and older adults in the context of traumatic brain injury and experienced trauma, and in adults and older adults in the context of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. 



  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Everyday cognition
  • Aging and brain health
  • Chronic illness and health behaviours


Representative Publications

Paterson, T. S. E., Demian, M., Shapiro, R. J. & Thornton, W. J. L. (In Press). Comparison of Medication Adherence Between Once-Daily and Twice-Daily Tacrolimus in Stable Renal Transplant Recipients – a Canadian Single-center Randomized Trial. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.

Paterson, T. S. E., O’Rourke, N., Shapiro, R. J., & Thornton, W. J. L. (2018). Medication adherence in renal transplant recipients: A latent variable model of psychosocial and neurocognitive predictors. PLOS ONE.

Paterson, T.S.E., Yeung, S., & Thornton, W.J.L. (2016). Positive affect predicts everyday problem-solving ability in older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 20(8), 871-879. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1043619.

Thornton, W.J.L., Paterson, T., & Yeung, S. (2013). Age differences in everyday problem solving: The roles of problem context. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37(1), 13-20. DOI: 10.1177/0165025412454028

Paterson, T.S.E., O’Rourke, N., Shapiro, R. J., & Thornton, W.J.L. (2011). The composition and structure of depressive symptomatology in renal disease. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 43, 318-327. DOI:10.1037/a0025104

Talmi, D., Schimmack, U., Paterson, T., & Moscovitch, M. (2007). The role of attention and relatedness in emotionally enhanced memory. Emotion, 7, 89-102. DOI: 10.1037/1528-3542.7.1.89