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 executive functioning and its relation to source monitoring and memory. 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. She has started her first co-op term in the Child and Memory Lab. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in the lab and thankful for the experience it will give her.

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

PhD Candidate

Hailey is a PhD candidate 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 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 fifth-year undergraduate student at Laurier, majoring 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 has worked as a research assistant in the Child Memory Lab for the past two years. She has been involved in the recruitment, data collection, and coding for various projects in this lab, including the mental state talk and EDI studies. 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! 

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!

Sumana Merali

Honor's Thesis Student

Sumana is in her fourth year of Psychology in the Research Specialist Stream at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a passion for mental health awareness, and has always known that she wanted to work in the field of psychology with children and/or adolescents. She is excited to contribute to research and write her thesis regarding the association between child development and source monitoring. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree Sumana hopes to earn a Master's and PhD or PsyD to become a Psychologist. She is very grateful to be a member of the Child Memory Lab! 

Cassie Wauters

Honor's Thesis Student

Cassie is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Honours Psychology with a Research and Community Psychology Specialization and a minor in Criminology. Cassie has always had a passion for developmental psychology, working with children and exploring childhood development; specifically with how children make decisions and the influences that contribute to their decisions. She has also always had a passion for mental health awareness and forensic psychology.  She is extremely excited to be completing her undergraduate thesis within the topic of Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), specifically hoping to investigate how children make personal decisions about equity. After graduation Cassie hopes to either earn her Bachelor of Education or continue to pursue her research interests earning her Masters. She is very grateful to be a member of this lab and she is looking forward to an exciting year in the Child Memory Lab!

Morgan Caverly

Honor's Thesis Student

Morgan is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, completing a double major in Honours Psychology and Policing with a concentration in the Research Specialist Stream. Morgan has always been very interested in the epigenetic changes associated with criminal behaviour or activity, with a specific focus on discrete and observable cues throughout the critical periods of development, modelled through both structure and function. Through an analysis of variants in parental mental state and source monitoring, she is hopeful that a deeper understanding of these individuals will be obtained, allowing for suggestions to best support the needs of youth and protective factors that will decrease negative encounters with law enforcement. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, to testify as an expert witness in criminal proceedings and work closely alongside individuals in the process of rehabilitation within the Criminal Justice System. Morgan is looking forward to working in the Child Memory Lab and grateful to have this opportunity to expand her knowledge base and work alongside other very talented individuals!


Saranka Parameswaran

Thesis Student

Saranka is a fourth year Bachelors of Psychology student at Wilfrid Laurier University, in the research specialist stream, minoring in Education. She has experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and demonstrated skills in program development and facilitation, as the founder of a youth arts program in Toronto. She is committed to an approach that respects diversity, equity, and inclusion (EDI) and will further explore children's understandings of EDI in her undergraduate thesis in the Child Memory Lab. Saranka also has research experience with seniors, as she helped to implement a new model of care in Toronto long term care homes. After graduation, she hopes to work in public policy and government. She is very excited to be a member of the Child Memory Lab, working alongside Dr. Roberts and the other wonderful students!

Katrina Abela

MA Candidate

Katrina is a second year Master’s student focusing on child development here at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University and hopes to continue to obtain her PhD. Katrina is passionate about scientific research with underserved children with her research interests focusing on the interplay between three factors: family-systems (i.e., dynamics and early childhood experiences), children’s emotional development (i.e., emotion self-regulation), and children’s mental health and psychopathology (i.e., internalizing, and externalizing problem behaviour). She is passionate about deepening our understanding of the intersections of these research themes and wishes to continue contributing to research which promotes the development and evaluation of accessible programming intended to foster positive child-rearing practices, adaptive emotion self-regulation strategies and adjustment in children, and improve the psychological wellbeing of children and families.

Mallory Earnshaw

MA Candidate

Mallory is in her first year as a Master’s student in the Developmental Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier. In 2020, she completed her undergraduate degree in Honours Psychology with a minor in Business at the University of Guelph. Mallory has an interest in forensic psychology, specifically the impacts of trauma on children’s memory and behaviours. She is also very interested in early childhood development and how a child’s environment influences their maturation. Mallory is thankful for this opportunity and excited to be a member of the Child Memory Lab!

Aksaya Getheeswaran

Research Assistant

Aksaya is currently a second-year undergraduate student in Laurier’s Honours Health Sciences program. She has many interests including childhood learning and behaviour, abnormal psychology, and the field of forensics. Aksaya hopes to one day publish her own research study paper and is currently working towards obtaining as much undergraduate research experience as possible to help make this dream of hers come true. Although this will be her first year working in the Child Memory Lab (CML), she is excited to work alongside the many bright researchers and students who are a part of the CML, and specifically, the EDI project! Aksaya’s prior experiences of working with children and adolescents include her time volunteering for PLASP Childcare Services, Autism Speaks Canada, the City of Brampton, and teaching at local classical dance and Eastern Violin studios. Aksaya is a firm believer in “going with the flow” with respect to her future career aspirations, however, she does have an eye on professionally working in either the broad field of research, medicine, or population health.