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
Lerna is doing her Master’s in Developmental Psychology at
Wilfrid Laurier University. Lerna completed her undergraduate degree in
Psychology with Honours from York University. Under the supervision of Dr.
Michaela Hynie, Lerna’s undergraduate thesis examined the effects of
mindfulness in adolescents with learning disabilities. More specifically, her
thesis looked at whether mindfulness offers any benefits for increasing
adolescents’ levels of self-esteem. She will continue pursing mindfulness
research with children through her master’s thesis under the supervision of Dr.
Kim Roberts. She will analyze whether mindfulness programs implemented in
schools will have any beneficial effects on children’s mental, physical, and
emotional states and whether it can help children recall events during forensic
investigations. Through her thesis, Lerna hopes that programs such as
mindfulness can help children’s overall mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
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.
Shaleesa is currently in her fourth year at Wilfrid Laurier
University, completing her Honours BSc Psychology degree in the Research
Specialist stream with a minor in Biology. She is extremely excited to have the
opportunity to be apart of Dr. Robert’s Memory lab, as she hopes to expand her
knowledge and expertise on Developmental Psychology. As she has a strong
passion for psychological research, Shaleesa is looking forward to continuing
her studies with a graduate degree in Psychology beginning in the fall of 2018.
Mathusha is a second-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University seeking a double degree in honors BSc Biology and Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. She has plenty of experience working with children through her previous job working at Kumon as a teaching assistant. Her main interests are cognitive psychology and developmental psychology and she hopes to work as a biological psychologist at a pharmaceutical company after finishing her degree. Mathusha adores working with children and is excited to be working in the child memory lab with Dr. Kim Roberts.