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!
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!
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!
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.