Dr. Natalie Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development and the Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music.
She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University in 1996 and joined the Concordia faculty in the same year. She has been the Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at Concordia and teaches in the area of human and clinical neuropsychology. She is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and has a small private practice in which she offers services in clinical neuropsychology.
Dr. Phillips has authored 65 peer-reviewed academic publications. She leads two nationally-funded research laboratories, one at the Loyola Campus of Concordia University and the other in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, in the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University, where she examines the neuropsychology of healthy aging and Alzheimer Disease.
Her research utilizes state-of-the-art methods for examining electrical brain activity during cognition and focuses on language and cognitive processing in healthy young adults, older adults, and patients with or at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Current research interests including sensory-cognitive interactions, speech and language processing in bilinguals, and the interaction between language processing, working memory, and executive control. She has extensive expertise in using EEG and event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to study cognition.
Dr. Phillips is one of the principal developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a brief cognitive screening instrument used around the world for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment.
She is the academic lead neuropsychologist for the COMPASS-ND study in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and she is leader of CCNA Team 17, which examines issues of sensory decline on cognitive function in person with dementia.