Oren Weiner

Oren Weiner, MSc

PhD Student

Oren Weiner received his B.A. in Psychology from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2011. His undergraduate thesis provided an introduction to EEG methodology, and examined the impact of specifically tuned sounds on brain activity, cognition, and subjective alertness and fatigue. After completing his undergraduate degree, Oren obtained full-time work as an overnight polysomnographic technician in a diagnostic sleep medicine clinic, where he further developed his knowledge of EEG, and gained clinical experience in a multidisciplinary medical practice. Oren began his graduate training at Concordia in 2012 and completed a master’s thesis which examined psychometric properties of pediatric heart rate variability measures. Oren started his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2015. Oren’s doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu, examines EEG brain oscillation activity and cross-frequency coupling (CFC) during sleep in relation to cognitive performance and overnight memory consolidation across adulthood, and in healthy vs. cognitively impaired older adults (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease). His research also considers relations between CFC during sleep and neuroimaging data obtained using MRI and PET measures, in collaboration with other research teams examining ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. Oren’s research has two overarching aims: First, to help improve our understanding of neural mechanisms underlying memory consolidation processes during sleep, and second, to investigate whether CFC measured during sleep has potential as a non-invasive biomarker of ageing-related memory impairment and neurodegeneration. Concurrent to his research examining sleep and memory, Oren receives ongoing training as clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, learning how to conduct evidence-based interventions with diverse patient groups (community-based clinic, tertiary care hospital clinic) and clinical presentations (e.g., anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, insomnia, psychosis).

Sleep; Psychophysiology; Brain Oscillations; Cognition and Memory; Lifespan Ageing; Alzheimer’s Disease; Non-Invasive Biomarkers; Neuroimaging

Offices


Concordia University, SP-244 / SP-165.30
7141 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC
CA H4B 1R6

Phones


Concordia University
+1 (514) 848-2424, x4461

Email address

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Weiner, O. M., & McGrath, J. J. (2017). Test-Retest Reliability of Pediatric Heart Rate Variability. Journal of Psychophysiology, 31(1), 6–28.

  • Weiner, O. M., & Dang-Vu, T. T. (2016). Spindle Oscillations in Sleep Disorders: A Systematic Review. Neural Plasticity, 2016, 1–30.

Conference abstracts

  • Weiner, O., O’Byrne, J., Bolanis, D., Giraud, J., Homer, L., Tarelli, L., Yue, V., Walker, K., Tamaddon, R., Carbone, R., Lumia, J., Eddebbarh, K., Chhuon, K., Smith, D., Mograss, M., Cross, N., & Dang-Vu, T.T. (Under Review). Associations between brain oscillation cross-frequency coupling during sleep and declarative learning in healthy older adults. Journal of Sleep Research; 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.

  • Weiner, O. M. & McGrath, J. J. (2014). Two-year stability of heart rate variability measures in children and adolescents. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(3), A-119.

  • Weiner, O. M. & McGrath, J. J. (2015). Test-retest reliability of pediatric heart rate variability: A meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(3), A-29.

  • Weiner, O. M., Wilkins, L. K., Burley, M. C., & Girard, T. A. (2013). Characterization of cognition and psychopathology associated with recreational ketamine use. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(3), A-64.

Biography

Oren Weiner received his B.A. in Psychology from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2011. His undergraduate thesis provided an introduction to EEG methodology, and examined the impact of specifically tuned sounds on brain activity, cognition, and subjective alertness and fatigue. After completing his undergraduate degree, Oren obtained full-time work as an overnight polysomnographic technician in a diagnostic sleep medicine clinic, where he further developed his knowledge of EEG, and gained clinical experience in a multidisciplinary medical practice. Oren began his graduate training at Concordia in 2012 and completed a master’s thesis which examined psychometric properties of pediatric heart rate variability measures. Oren started his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2015. Oren’s doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu, examines EEG brain oscillation activity and cross-frequency coupling (CFC) during sleep in relation to cognitive performance and overnight memory consolidation across adulthood, and in healthy vs. cognitively impaired older adults (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease). His research also considers relations between CFC during sleep and neuroimaging data obtained using MRI and PET measures, in collaboration with other research teams examining ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. Oren’s research has two overarching aims: First, to help improve our understanding of neural mechanisms underlying memory consolidation processes during sleep, and second, to investigate whether CFC measured during sleep has potential as a non-invasive biomarker of ageing-related memory impairment and neurodegeneration. Concurrent to his research examining sleep and memory, Oren receives ongoing training as clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, learning how to conduct evidence-based interventions with diverse patient groups (community-based clinic, tertiary care hospital clinic) and clinical presentations (e.g., anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, insomnia, psychosis).

Research interests

Sleep; Psychophysiology; Brain Oscillations; Cognition and Memory; Lifespan Ageing; Alzheimer’s Disease; Non-Invasive Biomarkers; Neuroimaging

Contact details
Offices


Concordia University, SP-244 / SP-165.30
7141 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC
CA H4B 1R6

Phones


Concordia University
+1 (514) 848-2424, x4461

Email address
Selected publications

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Weiner, O. M., & McGrath, J. J. (2017). Test-Retest Reliability of Pediatric Heart Rate Variability. Journal of Psychophysiology, 31(1), 6–28.

  • Weiner, O. M., & Dang-Vu, T. T. (2016). Spindle Oscillations in Sleep Disorders: A Systematic Review. Neural Plasticity, 2016, 1–30.

Conference abstracts

  • Weiner, O., O’Byrne, J., Bolanis, D., Giraud, J., Homer, L., Tarelli, L., Yue, V., Walker, K., Tamaddon, R., Carbone, R., Lumia, J., Eddebbarh, K., Chhuon, K., Smith, D., Mograss, M., Cross, N., & Dang-Vu, T.T. (Under Review). Associations between brain oscillation cross-frequency coupling during sleep and declarative learning in healthy older adults. Journal of Sleep Research; 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.

  • Weiner, O. M. & McGrath, J. J. (2014). Two-year stability of heart rate variability measures in children and adolescents. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(3), A-119.

  • Weiner, O. M. & McGrath, J. J. (2015). Test-retest reliability of pediatric heart rate variability: A meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(3), A-29.

  • Weiner, O. M., Wilkins, L. K., Burley, M. C., & Girard, T. A. (2013). Characterization of cognition and psychopathology associated with recreational ketamine use. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(3), A-64.