Dawn Ryan, Assistant Professor

Email address: dawn.ryan@acadiau.ca

Office: Horton Hall 422

Classes recently taught: Introductory Psychology 2, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology


B.Sc. (Hons), Memorial University of Newfoundland

M.Sc., Brock University

Ph.D., Brock University


Dr. Ryan is interested in neurocognitive factors that influence episodic simulation across the lifespan. More specifically, she is interested in how age-related decline in episodic memory abilities may influence older adults’ ability to imagine future events and problem-solve. She is also interested in how stress and off-topic thoughts (i.e. performance monitoring and mind wandering) influence older adults’ memory and performance.
Dr. Ryan is always interested in discussing research collaboration opportunities.


Ryan, A. D., Smitko, R., & Campbell, K. L. (2023). The effects of situation similarity on episodic simulation of helping behaviour in younger and older adults. Scientific Reports.

Ryan, A. D., Bo O’Connor, B., Schacter, D. L., & Campbell, K. L. (2022). Episodic simulation of helping behavior in younger and older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Applied Memory and Cognition

Ryan, A. Dawn & Campbell, Karen L. (2021). The ironic effect of older adults’ increased task motivation: Implications for neurocognitive aging. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Gallant, C., Luzcon, R., Ryan, D., & Good, D. (2020). Investigating cannabis use and associated symptoms among university students with and without a history of concussion. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2020.1847148