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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 last semester of studies at Wilfrid Laurier University pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. Along with a minor in Psychology, Hannah is a recipient of the NSERC URSA Award in both, 2015 and 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Roberts. She developed a passion for psychology research throughout her academic career and is truly excited to be a member of the Child Memory Lab throughout the 2017/2018 academic year. 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.  In the future, Hannah aspires to continue her education in the field of legal studies or chiropractic medicine. 

Research Assistant: MacKenzie Hills

MacKenzie is currently in her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University pursing her degree in the Honours BA Psychology program with minors in Education, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies; with the additional Co-op and Sustainability options. Moving forward, MacKenzie hopes to further her education to achieve either a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology or Educational Psychology after her bachelor’s degree. Her cooperative education placement at Family Services over the summer of 2016 especially was an eye opener that drove her passion in developmental psychology. During this experience, she worked within the field of counselling and child developmental services by coordinating access to various supports for children and adolescents with complex needs. She is very excited to be a part of the Child Memory Lab this year and values the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Roberts to further her knowledge and be exposed to the Research Specialist side of her degree.

 

Research Assistant: Daniel Anderson



Daniel is completing his qualifying year for the psychology masters program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his B.A. in honours philosophy from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate of Arts degree from Capilano University. He is the co-founder of Think Fun Camps, which teaches critical thinking to youngsters, where he served as an associate director for three years. His research interests include: the moral identity, environmental ethics, moral motivation and narrative thinking.  

Research Assistant: Victoria Trotta



Victoria is in her final year of study at Wilfrid Laurier University for a Bachelor's degree in the Psychology Research Specialist program. Victoria is also pursuing a minor in Italian and education. She is a Skate Canada Professional Coach and continues to coach Canskate at KW Skating Club and Star 1-10 at the Elora Skating Club. This is also her second year as Captain of the Wilfrid Laurier Competitive Figure Skating team. In the future, Victoria would like to obtain her Masters of Social work to help youth with various mental health issues. Victoria is very passionate about working with children and youth and is very excited to get experience working in the Child and Memory Lab. 


Research Assistant: Maria Ibanez



Maria recently graduated from Queen's University with a BA Honours degree in Psychology. At Queen’s, she worked as a research assistant at the Early Experience Lab for three years investigating children’s Theory of Mind, Executive Functioning, and language development. She also completed her Honours Thesis in the area of social psychology at Queen’s. Maria is now a research assistant at the Child Memory Lab in order to gain even more experience in child research, as this is what she is most interested in. In the near future, she would like to continue her education in psychology by pursuing a Master’s degree. She is very excited to join the Child Memory Lab.  

Research Assistant: Courtney Wood



Courtney is in her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University for a Bachelor's degree in the Psychology Research Specialist program. Courtney is also pursuing a minor in Women and Gender Studies. In the future, she hopes to complete a Master's degree in either Counselling Psychology or Education (emphasis on psychotherapy). She hopes to extend her love of children and passion for women's rights into her work. Courtney decided to steer her education in the direction of vulnerable populations after working at ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids, a non-profit mental health clinic for children ranging from 6 months to 17 years of age. She is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful team working in the Child Memory Lab!

Research Assistant:  Hua Huo


Hua Huo is in her first year at University of Wilfrid Laurier pursuing her sequential degree in the BA Honours Psychology Research Specialist program. She got her first bachelor degree of Economics at the Zhongnan University of Economics & Law in China back in 2002, and has gained over 10 years of professional experiences in human resources field. After she immigrated to Canada, she realized the big culture difference in the early years education, and developed a great passion for psychology research of Child Development. Her future plan is to continue her education and research in psychology by pursuing a Master's degree. She is very excited to be a team member of Child Memory Lab! 






Andrew is currently completing a double degree in Criminology and Research Specialist Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has a  thorough understanding of the legal system, law enforcement responses and cognitive processes . He is appreciative of the opportunity to work with children and becoming a team member of the Child Memory Lab. In the future, he will either apply to grad school pursuing Clinical and Forensic Psychology or Law School.