Research Interests: 

  • Neuroimaging research (ERP/EEG/qEEG)
  • Clinical cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuromodulation (Neurofeedback, transcranial direct current stimulation/ alternating / random noise) 
  • Alternative treatments for neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome
  • Multivariate electrophysiological computational modelling of ADHD and other neuropsychiatric conditions

Research Laboratory NICER Lab: Neuroscience of Imagination, Cognition, and Emotion Research Lab.

Derrick Matthew Buchanan

PhD (Neuroscience) Candidate

Contract Instructor – Department of Neuroscience

Neuropsychiatric Researcher – CHEO RI


In March 2018, Derrick won first place Poster at Data Day 5.0.

In February 2018, Derrick won the International Think Swiss Research Scholarship from the American and Canadian Swiss Embassy Science Ambassadors. This sponsored a 3 month research fellowship at Campus Biotech Neurology Imaging Cognition Lab at University of Geneva.

In May 2017, Derrick won the award for Best Clinical Research from the Ottawa Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research. 

In March 2017, Derrick was a winner of Carleton’s 3 Minute Thesis for his tDCS research in children.

In June 2016, Derrick received a certificate for Positron Emission Tomography from McGill University – Montreal Neurological Institute – Brain Imaging Centre.

In June 2015, Derrick received a certificate for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Neuropsychiatric Research from Harvard Medical School — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre – Berenson-Allen Centre for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation with Dr. Pascual-Leone and Dr. Fregni.

From 2014-2017 Derrick has been a three time recipient of the Ontario Graduate Award for Students Research in Dementia.

Current Research

PhD Thesis (Neuroscience) – Investigating the use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation as a Neuropsychiatric Treatment using Computational Multivariate Electrophysiological Biomarker Modelling
Masters Thesis (Neuroscience) – Transcranial direct current stimulation: A safety study in children and adolescents. 
Undergraduate Thesis (Cognitive Science) –  Visual perception-imagery interaction: investigating individual differences in conditions for priming and Perky effects with ERPs.
Derrick’s primary research focus is in the use of transcranial direct current stimulation for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions; for which he has obtained formal certification from Harvard Medical School. He also utilizes other electroneurophysiological techniques such as electroencephalography, quantitative electroencephalography, and event related potentials for measurements and diagnostics. Derrick’s number one goal is to forward the efficacy of tDCS as a treatment aid for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, and to make it as widespread a technique as possible; in both experimental and clinical settings. Other than his position as a Senior lab member in the NICER Lab, Derrick is also a member of the Mental Health Research Team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory. Further to Derrick’s clinical interests, he is the Research Director (and a qEEG technician + Neurofeedback Therapist) at a community medical practice here in Ottawa. Finally, Derrick is also a member of The Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists, The Canadian Association for Neuroscience, Canadian Psychological Association, and The Cognitive Neurocience Society.

Courses Taught

NEUR 4202 Current Research in Neuropyschiatry – Winter 2018

NEUR 4202 Current Research in Neuropyschiatry – Fall 2017

NEUR 3303 Neuroscience of Consciousness – Summer 2017

NEUR 4001 Special Topics – Clinical Neuroscience for Mental – Fall 2016

Literature Contributions

Journal Articles

Buchanan, D., Grant, J., D’Angiulli A. (2019) Commercial Wireless vs. Standard Stationary EEG systems for Personalized Emotional  Brain-Computer Interfaces: A Preliminary Reliability Check. 2(1): 7-15. DOI: 10.31117/neuroscirn.v2i1.21

Buchanan, D., D’Angiulli, A., Samson, A., Amare, S., Gaumond, G., Robaey, P. (2019). Making transcranial direct current stimulation treatment in atypical child and adolescent neurodevelopment a reality: Translating safety tolerability and acceptability evidence from the laboratory into the doctor’s office, the classroom, and home. Brain Stimulation. 12(2):474. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2018.12.545