Colleen Dockstader

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
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Wetmore Hall room 119A

Dr. Dockstader has more than 18 years of experience in neuroscience research and teaching – in both animal and human models of brain health and disease and from bench to bedside. She received both her B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. During her Ph.D. she worked in the Dept of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, and investigated the genetics and pharmacokinetics underlying addiction processes using mouse models. During her postdoctoral term she worked in the Neurosciences and Mental Health Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, studying the neurobiological underpinnings of aberrant behaviours and cognitive impairments in children and adults with ADHD. Following her postdocs she took a research position in which she spent 6 years developing and leading a multimodal research program examining neurobiological changes underlying deficits and therapeutic intervention in paediatric brain tumour patients using Magnetoencephalography and MRI/Diffusion Tensor Imaging.


In her teachings, she has worked with graduate students, undergraduates, and specialists in the fields of psychology, neuro-anatomy, neuroscience, and gross anatomy. In 2006 she began a Brain Education program with the TDSB and conduct brain workshops with kindergartners all the way through to high school as well as concussion workshops for Boxing Ontario. Currently she teaches both neuroscience and genetics-based courses.


Select publications:

  • Dockstader C, Wang F, Bouffet E, Mabbott DJ (2014) Gamma deficits as a neural signature of cognitive impairment in children treated for brain tumors. Journal of Neuroscience. 34(26):8813-24
  • Dockstader C, Gaetz W, Bouffet E, Tabori U, Wang F, Bostan SR, Laughlin S, Mabbott DJ. (2013) Neural correlates of delayed visual-motor performance in children treated for brain tumours. Cortex. Sept;49(8):2140-50.
  • Dockstader, C., Gaetz, W., Rockel, C., & Mabbott, D.J. (2012). White Matter Maturation in Visual and Motor Areas Predicts the Latency of Visual Activation in Children. Human Brain Mapping, Jan: 33(1):179-91.