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Wilfrid Laurier University

Research in the Child Memory Lab focuses on the accuracy of children's memories for things they have experienced and learned. We also work with forensic investigators on investigating different interviewing practices when attempting to extract the most reliable memories possible from children.

Lab Members

PhD Student: Kathy Zhang

Kathy is in her first year of her PhD in the Developmental Psychology program at Laurier. She received her Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and Master of Science degree in Psychology from National Taiwan University. Under Dr. Yee-San Teoh’s supervision, Kathy’s Master’s thesis examined the effects of anatomical doll on Taiwanese children’s recall of a repeated event. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is thrilled to have joined Dr. Kim Roberts to further her research in children’s memory. 

Representative Research

  • Zhang HH, Teoh YS. The effects of anatomical doll on Taiwanese children’s recall of a repeated event. Poster session presented at: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Bi-annual Conference; 2015 Jun 24-28; Victoria, BC, Canada

PhD Student: Vivian Qi

Vivian is a first year Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology Program at Laurier. She has a broad interest in forensic psychology. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with an Honours Degree in Psychology. In her Honours’ project, she examined the effects of expert testimony on jurors’ perceptions of guilt under the supervision of Dr. Deb Connolly. Vivian is interested in investigating cross-cultural differences in the specificity of children’s autobiographic memory. She hopes this kind of cross-culture study can shed light on whether Asian children are disadvantaged in a forensic investigative interview.

Representative Research

  • Qi, H, Roberts, K.P. (2016, July). Cross-cultural Differences in Children’s Underlying Memory Mechanisms. Poster accepted for presentation at the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan. 

  • Qi, H, Gomes, D. M., & Connolly, D. A. (2015, March). Does expert testimony or judicial instruction sensitize jurors to coerced confession evidence? Poster session  presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference 2015, San Diego, California.

Lab Manager: Hannah Cowan

Hannah is in her fourth year of studies at Wilfrid Laurier University pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, along with a minor in Psychology. She developed a passion for psychology research throughout her academic career and is truly excited to be a member of the Child Memory Lab this summer. She has worked with children for the majority of her life and is thrilled to continue to further garner her abilities through this lab opportunity. As an honorable recipient of the NSERC URSA Award, she is devoted working as a Research Assistant in the Child Memory Lab for the summer of 2015. In the future, Hannah aspires to continue her education in the field of legal studies.