CHILD MEMORY LAB

CHILD MEMORY LAB

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: Andrea D'Alessandro

Andrea will be entering her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University as a double major in Honours of Psychology (Research Specialist) and Sociology, with a Co-op option. Andrea joined the Child Memory Lab as an NSERC/USRA recipient in 2018 and is very excited to gain experience in the field of Psychology. Andrea’s love for teaching and working with children is evident in her role as President of a children’s literacy program at Laurier, called Laurier Students for Learning. Her love for children and interest in cognitive psychology motivate Andrea as the Lab Manager of the Child Memory Lab. As a student who plans on pursuing graduate studies in either Developmental or Cognitive Psychology, Andrea is honoured to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Roberts in the Child Memory Lab and is confident that this experience will equip her with the necessary skills to succeed in her undergraduate and graduate studies.

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! 



Research Assistant:  Andrew Tkatchyk




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.

Research Assistant:  Lindsey Feltis

Lindsey is finishing her final year at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Psychology and Communications Studies. In Laurier’s research specialist stream, Lindsey is currently working on her undergraduate thesis in self-compassion and its impact on self-improvement motivation. Her passion for working with children, adolescents and their families, is derivative of her time spent at Pearce Williams summer camp, in which she learned these three things: that children are the best, that children deserve the best and that there is never an inappropriate time for s’mores. At Laurier, she has been involved in First Year Project, WE Laurier, 5 Days for the Homeless and Laurier’s orientation week. After completing her undergraduate degree at Laurier, Lindsey hopes to pursue graduate studies in school and clinical child psychology so that she can spend the rest of her life researching, understanding and impacting children, adolescents and their families. And Lindsey would like to thank the Child Memory Lab for igniting and solidifying that spark in her. 

Research Assistant: Melantha Lin 

Melantha is a third-year Psychology  undergraduate student with a minor  in Sociology. Melantha has experience as a volunteer teacher in a primary school and has also volunteered in other children's programs. Because she loves to work with children, Melantha appreciates the opportunity to work in the Child Memory Lab. With an interest in how children's memory differs from adult memory, and the effects child memories have later in life, Melantha is excited to play her part in this wonderful team and work with children. Her plan in the future is to pursue a graduate degree in Social Psychology or Counselling Psychology.

Research Assistant: Raha Moradhasel 

Raha is finishing her final year at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Psychology. She is currently doing a direct study with Dr. Roberts on children’s well-being at the Child Memory Lab. She has a passion for learning and education and plans to pursue graduate studies in Psychology in order to spend her career researching, understanding and learning about children’s behavior. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for eight years, Raha decided to return to university to follow her interest in the human mind. She previously worked with the Child Memory Lab as a Research Assistant in 2016, and her experience brought her back for deeper understanding in the field. Raha is very excited to be a team member of the lab!

Research Assistant: Alexandra Clark

Alexandra is in her fourth and final year at Wilfrid Laurier University for the Honors Psychology: Research Specialist program (BA). Alexandra has experience as an assistant ringette coach for the Sunderland Stingerz (U10 Girls) and as a leader in children’s ministry at her local church (Harvest Bible Chapel & St. Paul’s Leaskdale) and its various summer camps. At Laurier, she has also volunteered as a preschool teacher’s assistant at OpenSesame Headstart Preschool (Waterloo). The connections made and knowledge gained fueled her aspiration to support children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. After completing her undergraduate degree at Laurier, Alexandra hopes to pursue a Graduate degree in School Psychology. She is excited to be a part of the Child Memory Lab Team.

Placement Student:  Katelynn Glofcheskie




Katelynn is a Co-op student from Bluevale Collegiate Institute who is currently in grade 11. Katelynn's ambition to gain knowledge and experience in the field of developmental psychology has lead her to this co-op placement in the Child Memory Lab. Katelynn's goal after high school is to pursue a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. She then hopes to continue her studies by completing a master's and PhD in Forensic Psychology. She aspires to become a police or military Psychologist. Her love for helping people and understanding the mind has helped her to find the right psychology path to take.