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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.

Masters Student: Lerna Hanceroglu

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.

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. 

Research Assistant: Leila Setyo

Leila is in her forth year of her undergrad majoring in psychology and minoring in religion and culture at Laurier. She is interested in going to George Brown for her masters in behavioral science researching in Autistic children. She has done volunteering at a couple preschools with children who have minor disabilities and truly enjoyed her experience. Leila is currently in a research developmental class with Dr. Kim Roberts and hopes to gain invaluable experience working in her Child Memory Lab.

Research Assistant: Shaleesa Ledlie

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.

Research Assistant: Natalie Kim

Natalie is entering her fourth year at Trent University in the Concurrent Education Program, while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration. Her interests are mainly in developmental and educational psychology. She’s had many placements and volunteer experiences working with children both inside and outside the classroom, including student teaching, tutoring, acting as a camp counselor and volunteering as a recreational therapy assistant. Natalie hopes to further her education by pursing a Master’s of Education degree upon completion of her undergraduate program.

Research Assistant: Mathusha Puvanendran

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. 

Research Assistant: Stephen Michael

Stephen is entering his second year at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is seeking to receive an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in hopes of one day entering Medical School. Stephen has had the pleasure of enjoying a vast array of child-centric work, including acting for children, language instructor, children's basketball coach, and even working in a summer camp.  He is very excited to have the opportunity to work in Dr. Robert's Child Memory lab. Ultimately, he adores psychology and hopes to find work as a psychiatrist in the future.