Fiza Arshad is a PhD student in the Neuroscience program at UBC. She is under the primary supervision of Dr. Catharine Winstanley with co-supervision from Dr. Luke Clark.


She completed her hons. BSc. in the Neuroscience program, with a minor in Creative Writing, at the University of Toronto. Following this, she achieved her MSc. in Neuroscience at McMaster University. Her Master’s thesis explored the effects of acute stress inducted on niomakers and risky decision-making in Gambling Disorder.

Research interests:

Exploring altered chemical, psychological, and neurobiological processes that underlie impairments in sensory-cue-induced decision-making and motivation in disordered gambling using multimodal imaging, behavioural, and psychophysiological methods.


    Arshad, F. (2017). The Reward System in Problem Gambling. Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario.

    Balodis, I. M., Linnet, J., Arshad, F., Worhunsky, P. D., Stevens, M. C., Pearlson, G. D., & Potenza, M. N. (2018). Relating neural processing of reward and loss prospect to risky decision-making in individuals with and without gambling disorder. International gambling studies18(2), 269-285.


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