Holly Nelson

MA Candidate

Holly is a Master's Candidate in the Developmental Psychology program as Wilfrid Laurier. She completed her Honour's degree in Child and Youth Studies at Brock University in 2019. Holly is very interested in early childhood development and more specially, how parenting impacts this development. Previously, she examined how parent perfectionism influenced the development of perfectionism in youth. Currently, her thesis is exploring children's cognitive development, such as source-monitoring skills and theory of mind from a parenting styles lens. Specifically, she examines the use of mental state talk in parent-child interactions that discuss past events and its relation to mental understanding and source-monitoring skills. In addition to this work, Holly is a TA for an undergraduate statistics course, a peer support volunteer, and a co-supervisor for a student in her lab. She has a passion for working with children and families in the school system, and hopes to use her knowledge and training in child development to pursue a doctoral program in School and Applied/Clinical Child Psychology. 

Andrew Tkatchyk

Honors Thesis Student

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.

Samantha Barbosa

MA Student

Samantha has just begun her Masters in Developmental Psychology. She completed her undergrad at McMaster University and obtained an Honours Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour degree. She also completed a post-secondary certificate at Mohawk College in Brain Disorder Management. Samantha is very interested in childhood developmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also interested in forensic psychology, specifically the perception of child witnesses by jury members. Samantha looks forward to working in the Child Memory Lab and having the opportunity to contribute to the research!

Juliana Pulla

Honours Thesis Student

Juliana is a fourth-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University completing a double major in Psychology and Global Studies, with a concentration in international development. She is very interested in child development, especially mental health and the effects of parenting styles on children. Juliana is also interested in forensic psychology and is conducting her thesis on the extent to which youth are aware of their consensual rights. She is excited to be a member of the Child Memory Lab and is thankful for the opportunity!

Heather Berry

Research Assistant

Heather is a second year student at Laurier, majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience and minoring in Biology. She specifically is interested in forensic psychology, as well as children's cognitive development. Heather hopes to complete a thesis in her fourth year and move on to get her Master's, and become a Clinical Psychologist.

Sidney Strachan

Directed-Studies Student

Sidney is an undergraduate fourth year student focusing on a Psychology major and History minor. In her fourth year, Sidney is completing her Directed Studies in the lab and is also a research assistant in conjunction with Holly Nelson's thesis exploring mother-child interactions and children's cognitive development. Sidney's Directed Studies research aims to understand how children's gender plays a role in mother-child interactions, specifically in respect to the use of maternal mental state talk use. Sidney has a passion for clinical and child psychology, and hopes to complete a masters degree in these fields, with the ultimate goal of becoming a psychologist.

Althea Sumabat

Research Assistant 

Althea is a third year undergraduate student at Laurier, completing a Psychology major, with a Community Psychology Specialization and Criminology minor, as well as a United Nations on Drugs and Crime certification. She is very interested in forensic psychology and child development, and hopes to work with the government or with the United Nations. Althea first got involved at the Child Memory Lab as a Research Assistant coding data for Jenna Lazarou's Honours Thesis exploring gait identification. She completed her first coop term as a Research Assistant for the Lab, where she completed tasks such as maintaining the lab voicemail, analyzing clinical and non-clinical articles for Dr. Roberts, as well as transcribing and scoring data for Holly Nelson’s thesis exploring mother-child interactions and children’s cognitive development. She is very excited to continue contributing to the Child Memory Lab as a Research Assistant and is looking forward to being part of a great team!

Jessica Taylor

Honours Thesis Student

Jessica is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Honours Psychology (Research Specialization), and minoring in Sociology. She is very interested in clinical child psychology, the applications of school psychology and family therapy. 

Jessica is conducting her thesis on teaching children about equity, diversity and inclusion within an online and interactive workshop format. Post graduation, Jessica hopes to pursue a Master’s degree within the area of Clinical Child Psychology or Applied Child Psychology, with further specialization into the field of play therapy and animal-assisted therapy for children. She hopes to pursue her goal in the future of being able to offer services to children and families within the rural communities near and within her hometown. Jessica is also a research assistant for Holly Nelson’s study regarding mother-child interactions and children’s cognitive development. Jessica is looking forward to an exciting year as a member of the Child Memory Lab and is grateful for the opportunity to develop research!

Tabassum Lakhi

Honours Thesis Student

Tabassum is currently completing her final year of undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is majoring in Psychology with a research specialist concentration and a minor in Sociology and Gender Studies. She is interested in developmental and forensic psychology. She is completing her thesis on childhood adversity and goal engagement in incarcerated individuals. She hopes to move on to graduate studies in developmental psychology in the future.

Hailey Goddeeris

MA Candidate

Hailey has just begun her Masters in Developmental Psychology. She completed her undergrad at Queen’s University and obtained an Honours Psychology degree. She will be assisting with various aspects of research projects within the lab. Hailey is interested in children’s moral development, as well as children’s perceptions of morality in collective responsibility. She is also interested in forensic psychology and looks forward to assisting in projects in this lab. She hopes to continue on to obtaining her PhD in Psychology. She looks forward to being a member of the Child Memory Lab and is thankful for the opportunity to participate!

Bailey Rand

Research Assistant

Bailey is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Laurier currently completing a five-year Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience. She has a passion for studying children’s cognitive development and hopes to eventually pursue a career as a clinical psychologist, working with children on the autism spectrum. Bailey recently joined the Child Memory Lab as a research assistant and has been helping Holly Nelson code data for her thesis project ever since. Bailey has been really enjoying working in the Child Memory Lab. She is very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team! 

Carly Bregman

Research Assistant

Carly is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Laurier, finishing up her four-year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Carly has always had passion for studying children’s cognitive development, along with parents parenting styles and hopes to eventually pursue a career as a speech language pathologist. Carly enjoys working with children, young adolescents, and adults. Carly has recently joined the Child Memory Lab as a research assistant and has been assisting Juliana Pulla with her study on students knowledge on the legal side of sexual consent laws. Carly has been really enjoying working in the Child Memory Lab and is very appreciative for this opportunity. She is very thankful to be working along side with Dr. Kim Roberts and an amazing team of students!

Krystene Green

Research Assistant

Krystene Green is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Honours Psychology (Forensics Specialization), and minoring in Criminology. 
Post graduation, Krystene hopes to pursue a Master's in forensics of some form. In the lab Krystene started with a summer NSERC position as a Research Assistant, helping with a few different projects over the summer. She is very appreciative for the opportunity to continue to learn and contribute to the lab as a Research Assistant and work with such a great team!