Department of Psychology
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
the University of British Columbia – Okanagan
BSc (H) Psychology,
University of Victoria (2013)
MSc Psychology & Neuroscience,
Dalhousie University (2015)
PhD Psychology & Neuroscience,
Dalhousie University (2019)
Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (Brain Behaviour Lab, the University of British Columbia – Vancouver) (2020-2021)
Sarah Kraeutner completed a PhD in psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University in August, 2019 as a Killam Laureate. While at Dalhousie, Sarah was a member of the Laboratory for Brain Recovery and Function, and worked with her supervisor and mentor, Dr. Shaun Boe. Her PhD dissertation sought to characterise the neural mechanisms of learning via both physical and imagined practice, and further our understanding of how brain plasticity can be modulated to improve learning in both sports and rehabilitation.
Prior to joining the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, Sarah was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow at the Brain Behaviour Laboratory at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver. Here, Sarah worked with her supervisor and mentor, Dr. Lara Boyd, to further our understanding of what happens in the brain after stroke and how we can apply physical and imagined practice to promote recovery after stroke.
Sarah’s research interests also encompass commercialization and entrepreneurship, focusing on bridging the gap between research and industry. She is one of three inventors on a patent related to the development of a system that provides neurofeedback during motor imagery, and aims to develop tools to enhance the use of imagined practice.