Drew Halliday

Drew Halliday
Office: COR B325
Area of expertise

Clinical Neuropsychology

Research interests

My research focuses on the identification of subtle behavioural, neurophysiological and neuroanatomical changes that coincide with, or precede, the manifestation of clinical symptomatology associated with neurological pathology in conditions that are common across the lifespan. I employ a biopsychosocial and individual differences framework to do this, in order to translate findings closely to clinical practice. I also use a combination of experimental neuroimaging, including functional (e.g., electroencephalogram, functional near infrared spectroscopy) and structural techniques (e.g., diffusion tensor imaging) to better understand novel aspects of brain function, as well as brain correlates of cognitive functioning. Much of my focus has been on executive functioning (EF), given the relevance of EF in successful and independent daily life.


Representative publications

Halliday, D.W.R., Stawski, R.S., Cerino, E.S., Grewal, K., & MacDonald, S.W.S. (in press).  Intraindividual dispersion profiles for identifying the cognitively impaired. Journal of Intelligence.

Lloyd-Fox, S., Begus, K., Halliday, D., Pirazzoli, L., Blasi., A., Papademetriou, M., Darboe, M. K., Prentice, A. M., Johnson, M. H., Moore, S. E., & Elwell, C. E. (2017). Cortical specialization to social stimuli from the first days to the second year of life: A rural Gambian cohort. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.1016/j.dcn2016

Halliday, D. R. W., Stawski, R. S. & MacDonald, S. W. S. (2017). Cognitively-Impaired-Not-Demented Status Moderates the Time-Varying Association between Finger Tapping Inconsistency and Executive Performance. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 32,110-16.


Representative presentations

“Variability in Neurophysiological and Neuropsychological Function: Novel Insights in Cognitive Aging.” Halliday, D.W.R. & MacDonald, S.W.S. To be presented at Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA, USA, November 14-18, 2018.

“Performance Consistency in Motor and Inhibitory Control During Childhood Development.” Halliday, D. W. R., Macoun, S. J., Ali, S., MacDonald, S. W. S., & Arjannikov, T. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, USA, August 9-12, 2018.

“Enhanced Executive Functioning Revealed in Electrophysiological Markers in Athletes with and without Concussion.” Halliday, D. W. R., Gordon, I., Agate, F. T., Karr, J., & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, Cape Town, South Africa, July 5-8, 2017.


Recent awards

  • Robert Michael Peet Donor Award, University of Victoria 2017
  • Western Association of Graduate Schools ProQuest, Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award Nominee, 2017
  • University of Victoria, President’s Research Scholarship, 2016-2017
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award, 2016-2019
  • Arthur Lester Benton Donor Award, University of Victoria, 2015
  • University of Victoria, Fellowship, 2015
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Michael Smith Foundation, Foreign Study Supplement, 2015
  • University of Victoria, Outstanding Graduate Entrance Award, 2015
  • University of Victoria, President’s Research Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Award, 2014-2015