A leader in two fields, psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Adele Diamond helped pioneer a now flourishing interdisciplinary field, “developmental cognitive neuroscience.” As the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professor in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at UBC, Professor Diamond studies how executive functions can be modified by the environment, modulated by genetics and neurochemistry, become derailed in disorders, and can be improved by effective programs and interventions. Her work has helped change medical practice for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the inattentive type of ADHD.
In recognition of her research accomplishments she has received numerous awards, including being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She was named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century,” a Distinguished Scientific Lecturer by the APA, and a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA. In her upcoming talk, Dr. Diamond will review how and why dance, music, sports and storytelling, may well support the development of executive functions in children and youth.