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Victoria Lacquaniti

Honours Thesis Student

Victoria graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2023 from the research specialist stream. During her time at Laurier, she was a member of the Child Memory Lab and completed her undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Kim Roberts. Her undergraduate thesis research examined the relationship between children's BRIEF scores and their executive function abilities, working closely alongside Samantha Barbosa. As she helped with running participants, collecting data, and analyzing data, Victoria really enjoyed her time in the Child Memory Lab!

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Anna Winge-Breen

Honours Thesis Student

Anna recently graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology and a minor in Biology (2023). Anna began volunteering in psychology labs at the age of 16. Over the course of her undergraduate career, she has worked on studies in a broad range of areas – behavioural pharmacology, language learning and neuroscience communication – but by far, her favorite research experience was writing her thesis with Dr. Kim Roberts and Laurier’s Child Memory Lab. 


With Mallory Earnshaw, Anna wrote her thesis on The Association Between Self-Referencing and Parent-Child Reminiscing of Positive and Negative Events. In simpler terms, Anna’s research focused on how much children and parents refer to themselves and others when discussing positive memories and negative memories. 


Over the course of the next year, Anna will be taking a break to recharge before applying to graduate school. After a year of travel and rest, Anna hopes to study clinical psychology – and eventually – become a clinical psychologist. She is particularly interested in working with neurodivergent populations (ie. autistic people, people with ADHD), and studying the diagnostic inequality many neurodivergent cisgender women and trans/gender nonconforming people face. 

Bailey Rand

Research Assistant

Bailey graduated with a BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2022. Bailey worked as a research assistant in the Child Memory Lab for two years. She was involved in the recruitment, data collection, and coding for various projects in this lab, including the mental state talk and EDI studies. In the fall of 2023, Bailey will begin her Master’s/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Windsor. She hopes to pursue both research and clinical endeavors to better the lives of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Bailey really enjoyed working in the Child Memory Lab. She is very grateful to have had opportunity to work under Dr. Robert’s supervision, and alongside such an amazing team.

Cassandra Wauters

Honours 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

Honours 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. 

Sumana Merali

Honours Thesis Student
Honours Thesis Student

Sumana graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2022. During her time at Laurier, she was a member of the Child Memory Lab, and worked on a variety of studies which focused on children memory, source monitoring, and online interactions. Several of these studies have been presented at psychological conferences. After graduation, Sumana continued to work in the lab as a Reserach Assistant. Sumana is currently pursuing a master's degree. Her interests lie in psychological counselling and cognitive sciences. 

Saranka Parameswaran

Saranka graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2022. During her time at Laurier, she was a member of the Child Memory Lab, working on an EDI study that investigated children’s memory and recall of EDI workshops using visual timelines and storybooks. The EDI team presented their findings at the ‘Development 2022’ conference in Calgary, Alberta. After graduation, Saranka went on to pursue a Masters and currently works for the Government of Canada as an analyst.

Andrew Tkatchyk

Honours Thesis Student

Krystene Green graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University April 2021, majoring in Honours Psychology, Forensic Specialization and minoring in Criminology. She obtained a spot on the Deans Honour Roll upon graduation, in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. Krystene is currently enrolled in the Forensic Identification program at Humber College, studying forensic science and crime scene techniques and applications. In the future, she hopes to pursue her Masters in Criminology.

 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.

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!

Krystene Green

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.

Holly Nelson


Holly received her master’s in developmental psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2021. Her master’s research focused on the use of mental-state talk in parent-child reminiscing and storytelling and its association to children’s source-monitoring skills and mental-state understanding. She completed her honour’s degree in child and youth studies at Brock University where she examined parenting, perfectionism, and child well-being. Holly is very interested in early childhood development and parental influence. At Laurier, Holly was a TA for undergraduate statistics, a peer support volunteer, and a co-supervisor for a fourth-year student. She has a passion for working with children and families and aspires to apply her learnings into educational, legal, or clinical settings.

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. 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. 

Kaitlyn Butterfield


Kaitlyn received her Masters in the Development Psychology Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a passion for child psychology, notably those with neurodevelopmental disorders. In 2018, Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Specialization in Psychology and Minor in Communication. Her thesis research focused on the inclusive nature of mindfulness in the classroom, specifically comparing beneficial outcomes in children according to their level of executive function. She hopes to establish a tailored mindfulness curriculum, complementing the one-size-does-not-fit-all nature of mindfulness. In addition to her thesis work, Kaitlyn spends her time teaching an undergraduate statistics lab, working as a clinical intern in a local private practice, collaborating with interdepartmental research labs, and presenting self-initiated research projects at multiple conferences across Canada. She aspires to build from her current and future education, training, and research as she moves toward completing her Masters degree, entering an accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program, and becoming a clinical child psychologist.

Dr. Kathy Zhang


Kathy received 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, Roberts, KP, & Teoh, YS (2019). Children's recall and source monitoring of a repeated event using a timeline as an interview aid. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 33(2), 176-187.

Qi, H, Zhang, HH, Hanceroglu, L, Caggianiello, J, & Roberts, KP (2018). The influence of mindfulness on young adolescents' eyewitness memory and suggestibility. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32(6), 823-829.

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.ORCiD:

Dr. Vivian Qi


Vivian completed her doctoral program in Developmental Psychology at Laurier (2015-2019). She is now a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at UBC (2019 - current). Her broad research interest lies in the influences of socio-cultural background on children's cognition, interpersonal relationships, and psychological wellbeing. Under the supervision of Dr. Roberts, Vivian conducted various cross-cultural studies with a focus on the influences of macrosystem (i.e., social and cultural values) on children and adolescents' autobiographic memory. Through these research experiences, Vivian developed a strong interest in looking at the impacts of microsystem (i.e., the immediate environment, such as school and family) on children. That is why she decided to pursue more training in clinical psychology. Her recent project investigated the bidirectional associations between cross-racial friendships and children's social and academic adjustment. She hopes that her future research could help understand improve minority and immigrant children's social and academic adjustment.

Katelynn Glofcheskie

Katelynn volunteered in the Child Memory Lab as a placement student during her time at Bluevale Collegiate Institute. Katelynn's ambition to gain knowledge and experience in the field of developmental psychology lead her to this co-op placement. 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.

Representative Research

Zhang, HH, Roberts, KP, & Teoh, YS (2019). Children's recall and source monitoring of a repeated event using a timeline as an interview aid. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 33(2), 176-187.

Qi, H, Zhang, HH, Hanceroglu, L, Caggianiello, J, & Roberts, KP (2018). The influence of mindfulness on young adolescents' eyewitness memory and suggestibility. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32(6), 823-829.

Raha Moradhasel

Raha completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier university, where she conducted a direct study with Dr. Roberts on children’s well-being at the Child Memory Lab. After finishing her degree, she pursued graduate studies in business and she recently completed her MBA. She is currently working as a Business Process Analyst in Information and Communication technology at Laurier. Although her path has shifted a bit, she has been looking at psychology with a different lens that expands her understanding of business strategies, and human mindset in a technology and business setting. Working with Dr. Roberts and the child memory lab members has been the most enjoyable part her undergrad.

Mackenzie Hills

MacKenzie is currently in her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University pursuing her degree in the Honours BA Psychology program with minors in Education, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies; with the additional Co-op and Sustainability options. Moving forward, MacKenzie hopes to further her education to achieve either a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology or Educational Psychology after her bachelor’s degree. Her cooperative education placement at Family Services over the summer of 2016 especially was an eye opener that drove her passion in developmental psychology. During this experience, she worked within the field of counselling and child developmental services by coordinating access to various supports for children and adolescents with complex needs. She is very excited to be a part of the Child Memory Lab this year and values the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Roberts to further her knowledge and be exposed to the Research Specialist side of her degree.

Hannah Cowan

Hannah graduated from The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London in 2021. Prior to studying law, she completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. In both 2015 and 2017, Hannah was a recipient of the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). Receiving these awards enabled her to assist with various mental context reinstatement (MCR) and repeated-event memory studies under the supervision of Dr Roberts. Hannah attributes much of her interest in Law to Dr. Roberts, her research, and its relevance to criminal investigations in Canada. Hannah is thrilled to have found her passion in the legal profession and is currently working in compliance at a corporate law firm in Toronto.

Lerna Hanceroglu


Lerna completed her Master’s in Developmental Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Dr. Kim Roberts. She has broad interests within the field of developmental psychopathology, including the development of internalizing (e.g., anxiety) and externalizing (e.g., aggression) problems in children and adolescents, as well as prevention/intervention programs to treat such problems. Her thesis research examined the effects of a school-based mindfulness program on children’s mental, physical, and emotional states, as well as children's ability to recall events during forensic investigations. Prior to her Master's, she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Honours from York University, where her thesis examined the effect of mindfulness on adolescents’ levels of self-esteem. Currently, Lerna is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Windsor. She completed another Master's thesis that focused on the bidirectional relationship between maternal depressive symptoms and aggression in young children. She aims to translate what she learns from her research into practice to assist youth and their families with complex needs. 

Dr. Becky Earhart


Becky completed her PhD in the Fall of 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western University in the Honours Psychology program. Becky's undergraduate thesis looked at children's memory for the frequency of details in a series of repeated events, and she was excited to come to Laurier to continue studying children's memory with Dr. Kim Roberts. Becky's Masters thesis examined young children's source monitoring abilities, and specifically whether asking about sources serially versus parallel influences their ability to tag information with the source where they learned it. Her other research interests include children's spatial and temporal memory, source monitoring training techniques, and children's "don't know" responses during forensic interviews. Becky is currently collaborating with Dr. David La Rooy at the University of Abertay in Scotland.

Representative Research

Earhart, B., La Rooy, D., Brubacher, S.P., & Lamb, M.E. (2014). An examination of "Don't Know" responses in forensic interviews with children. Behavioral Sciences & the Law. doi:10.1002/bsl.2141

Earhart, B. & Roberts, K.P. (2014). The role of executive function in children's source monitoring with varying retrieval strategies. Frontiers in Psychology. 5(405), 1-12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00405


McKenzie Vanderloon


McKenzie completed her Masters in the Fall of 2016. McKenzie’s Masters Thesis investigated children’s memory for repeated events and in particular, how the scripts we form in our minds (e.g., we have a script for grocery shopping-grab a cart, get vegetables, then frozen foods, and then pay) influence our memory. McKenzie examined if asking about a ‘different’ time’ that deviates from our usual script (e.g., one time you forgot your wallet at the grocery store) helps improve memory accuracy compared to just asking children about ‘usual’ times (any given time grocery shopping). These results will be beneficial for how investigative interviewers can ask effective questions to help children testify accurately in court and therefore be credible witnesses. Since graduating from WLU and the child memory lab, McKenzie went on to complete her PhD at Western in their School and Applied Child psychology program. She graduated in 2020 and completed all her licensing examinations and is currently registered with the college of psychologists of Ontario. She is currently practicing as a school and clinical psychologist, working with children and adolescents. She provides treatment for anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome. She also provides psycho-educational and ADHD assessments. She has recently started an instagram page called where she shares free information, tips, and strategies for parents of children and teens! 

Dr. Sean Cameron


Dr. Cameron completed his PhD in the Child Memory Lab, and his MA with Dr. Pratt at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is now a resource teacher at Westminister Woods Public School in Guelph. Dr. Cameron's PhD dissertation focused on source monitoring training with 3-8 year-old children using a mult-tier procedure. Recently, he provided a report on the Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) - iPads for students with autism. The device is able to assist students with autism who have difficulty with traditional forms of writing and who may benefit from the use of a visual schedule to help them predict and organize their day.

Una Glisic


Una completed her Master's degree in the Child Memory Lab, in the subject of children's memories for repeated events. Una is currently employed as the Manager, Research Compliance and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of Research Services at Wilfrid Laurier University. In her role, she oversees the research ethics compliance and research information systems portfolios, in addition to leading a variety of strategic research initiatives.

Representative Research

Brubacher, S., Glisic, U., Roberts, K.P., & Powell, M.B. (2011). Children’s ability to recall unique aspects of one occurrence of a repeated event. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 351-358. doi:10.1002/acp.1696

Donna Drohan-Jennings


Representative Research

Drohan-Jennings, D. (2010). Interviewing children about repeated events: Does mental context reinstatement improve young children's narratives. Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). Paper 987.

Drohan-Jennings, D., Roberts, K.P., & Powell, M.B. (2010). Mental context reinstatement increases resistance to false suggestions after children have experienced a repeated event. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. doi:10.1080/13218711003 739110

Drohan-Jennings, D., Roberts, K.P., & Powell, M.B. (2010, March). The effectiveness of mental context reinstatement in helping children with repeated-event experience resist false suggestions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kayleen Willemsen


Kayleen became a member of the Child Memory Lab in 2011, where she worked as a Research Assistant for two years. After completing her undergraduate thesis with Dr. Tobias Krettenauer, Kayleen graduated with her Honours BA: Psychology Research Specialist degree in 2013. Afterwards, Kayleen completed her Master's thesis with Dr. Kim Roberts and recently finished the requirements for her Master's degree in Developmental Psychology. Kayleen's Master's thesis investigated the ways in which children think about their abuse in the context of investigative interviews with social workers and police officers. Currently, she is employed as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for a private company in Burlington.

Leanne Bird


Leanne recently completed her Masters in Developmental Psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree in the Honours Psychology program at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Meaghan McMurtry, and her honours thesis looked at the measurement of Children’s fear (both alone and in the context of pain) in clinical populations. Her MA thesis examined developmental differences in the use of cues and Children’s source monitoring performance.

Courtney Arseneau


Dr. Sonja Brubacher


Dr. Sonja Brubacher completed her PhD in the Child Memory Lab in 2011. Here, she devised and conducted studies that informed best practices for interviewing children about repeated events. In 2012, Dr. Brubacher was awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she completed at Central Michigan University, USA. From there, she became a Research Fellow and lecturer at Deakin University’s Centre for Investigative Interviewing, in Melbourne, Australia. In January 2018, Dr. Brubacher, along with the Centre, relocated to the Griffith Criminology Institute, in Queensland, Australia. Dr. Brubacher remains in Queensland, today. Some of her research foci include children’s memory for repeated events, developing and testing interview practices that allow children to accurately and easily report their experiences, interviewer training, and interview preparatory phases (i.e. ground rules and narrative practice). Dr Brubacher has also been honoured with a Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science.

Representative Research

Brubacher, S. P. & La Rooy, D. (2014). Witness recall across repeated interviews in a case of repeated abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect. 38(2), 202-211. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu. 2013.06.010. doi:10.1037/law000011

Brubacher, S. P., Powell, M. B., & Roberts, K. P. (2014). Recommendations for interviewing children about repeated experiences. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 20(4), 325-335.

Poole. D. A., Brubacher, S. P., & Dickinson, J. J. (Eds.) (2014). Children as witnesses. APA handbook of forensic psychology, Vol. 2: Criminal investigation, adjudication, and sentencing outcomes. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Poole, D. A., Dickinson, J. J., Brubacher, S. P., Liberty, A. E., & Kaake, A. M. (2014). Deficient cognitive control fuels children's exuberant false allegations. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 118, 101-109. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.08.013

Brubacher, S. P., Malloy, L. C., Lamb, M. E., & Roberts, K. P. (2013). How do interviewers and children discuss individual occurrences of alleged repeated abuse in forensic interviews? 27(4), 443-460. doi:10.1002/acp.2920

Brubacher, S. P., Roberts, K. P., & Obhi, S. S. (2013). Gaze, goals and growing up: Effects on imitative grasping. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 31(3), 318-333. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12009

Malloy, L. C., Brubacher, S. P., & Lamb, M. E. (2013). "Because she's one who listens": Children discuss disclosure recipients in forensic interviews. Child Maltreatment. 18(4), 245-251.

Brubacher, S. P., Roberts, K. P., & Powell, M. B. (2012). Retrieval of episodic versus generic information: Does the order of recall affect the amount and accuracy of details reported by children about repeated events? Developmental Psychology. 48(1), 111-112. doi:10.1037/a0025864

Obhi, S. S, Swiderski, K. M., & Brubacher, S. P. (2012). Induced power changes the sense of agency. Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal. 21(3), 1547-1550. doi:10.1016/j/concog.2012.06.008

Brubacher, S. P., Roberts, K. P., & Powell, M. B. (2009, April). The NICHD protocol: Does the type of event recalled in the practice phase affect children?s recall of a target single or repeated event? Paper presented to the second annual international Investigation Interviewing Research Group, Middlesbrough-Tees, UK.

Brubacher, S. P. & Roberts, K. P. (2009, March). The influence of source-monitoring performance, event frequency, and age on the credibility of children's live narratives. Poster presented to Division 41, American Psychological Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, San Antonio, TX.

Brubacher, S. P., Roberts, K. P., Powell, M.B. & Jennings, D.M. (2009, April). Does order matter in recalling script information and episodic information, in children?s reports of a repeated event? Poster presented to the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Brubacher, S. P., Obhi, S., & Roberts, K. P. (2009, October). The effects of eye gaze on imitative grasping in children and adults. Poster presented to the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, San Antonio, TX.

Brubacher, S. P., Roberts, K.P., & Powell, M.B. (2008, March). Does Type of Memory Practice Matter when Interviewing Children about a Repeated Event? Paper presented to Division 41, American Psychological Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, Jacksonville, FL.

Brubacher, S. P. & Roberts, K. P. (2007, October). Detail- versus thematic-labeling at encoding: Does the type of label differentially affect children?s recognition and source-monitoring performance? Poster presented to the 5th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Santa Fe, NM.    

Dr. Angela Evans


Dr. Angela Evans completed her M.A. in Social and Developmental Psychology under the super vision of Dr. Roberts at Wilfrid Laurier University. From there, she completed her PhD in Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. After completing her PhD, Dr. Evans held a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Gould School of Law, University of Southern California. Currently, Dr. Evans is a Professor at Brock University in the Psychology Department. She holds the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence and was recently received the Distinguished Researcher and Creative Activity Award. Her research, generally, examines social and cognitive development across the lifespan. Specifically, Dr. Evans examines how to obtain the most honest and accurate reports from child witnesses as well as how honesty develops and changes from childhood to older adulthood.

Representative Research

Ding, X. P., Omrin, D. S., Evans, A. D., Fu, G., & Chen, G. (2014). Elementary school children's cheating behavior and its cognitive correlates. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 121, 85-95. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.12.005

Lyons, T. D., & Evans, A. D. (2014). Young children's understanding that promising guarantees performance: The effects of age and maltreatment. Law and Human Behavior. 38(2), 162-170. doi:10.1037/lhb0000061

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (Eds.) (2014). Lying, morality, and development. Handbook of moral development (2nd ed.), New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2014). The relation between 8- to 17-years-olds' judgments of other's honesty and their own honest behaviors. International Journal of Behavioural Development. 38(3), 277-281. doi:10.1177/0165025413517580

Brunet, M. K., Evans, A. D., Talwar, V., Bala, N., & Lindsay, R. C.L., (2013). How children report true and fabricated stressful and non-stressful events. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 20(6), 867-881. doi:10.1080/13218719.2012.750896

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2013). Emergence of lying in very young children. Developmental Psychology. 49(10), 1958-1963. doi:10.1037/a0031409

Xu, F., Evans, A. D., Li, C., & Qinggong, H. G. (2013). The role of honesty and benevolence in children's judgments of trustworthiness. Journal of Behavioral Development. 37(3), 257-265.

Evans, A. D., Brunet, M. K., Talwar, V., Bala, N., & Lindsay, R C.L. (2012). The effects of repetition on children's true and false reports. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 19(4), 517-529. doi:10.1080/13218719.2011.615808

Evans, A. D., & Lyon, T. D. (2012). Assessing children's competency to take the oath in court: The influence of question type on children's accuracy. Law and Human Behaviour. doi:10.1007/s10979-011-9280-6

Fu, G., Evans, A. D., Xu, F., & Lee, K. (2012). Young children can tell strategic lies after committing a transgression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 113(1), 147-158. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2012.04.003

Moriguchi, Y., Evans, A. D., Hiraki, K., Itakura, S. & Lee, K. (2012). Cultural differences in the development of cognitive shifting: East-West comparison. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 111(2), 156-163. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2011.09.001

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2011). Performance on executive functioning tasks and lie-telling behaviors in 8- to 16-year-olds. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/ a0023425

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2011). Verbal deception from late childhood to middle adolescence and its relation to executive functioning skills. Developmental Psychology. 47(4), 1108-1116. doi:10.1037/a0023425

Evans, A. D., Xu, F., & Lee, K. (2011). When all signs point to you: Lies told in the face of evidence. Developmental Psychology, 47, 39-49. doi:10.1037/a0020787

Li, A. S., Kelley, E. A., Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2011). Exploring the ability to deceive in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 185-195. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-1045-4

Loke, I. C., Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2011). The neural correlates of reasoning about prosocial-helping decisions: An event-related brains potential study. Brain Research. 1369, 140-148. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2010.10.109

Bala, N., Evans, A. D., & Bala, E. (2010). Hearing the voices of children in the Canadian criminal justice system: Recognizing capacity and facilitating testimony. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 22, 21-45.

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (2010). Promising to tell the truth makes 8- to 16-year olds more honest. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 28, 801-811. doi:10.1002/bsl.960

Evans, A. D., Lee, K., & Lyon, T. (2009). Complex questions asked by defense lawyers but not prosecutors predicts convictions in child abuse trials. Law and Human Behavior, 33, 258-264.

Evans, A. D., Roberts, K. P., Price, H., & Stefek, C. (2010). The use of paraphrasing in investigative interviews. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34, 585-592.

Evans, A. D., & Roberts, K. P. (Eds) (2009). Children in an information society: The relations between source monitoring, mental-state understanding and knowledge acquisition in young children. Cognitive Development Society Biannual meeting. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Evans, A. D., & Roberts, K. P. (2009). The effects of different paraphrasing styles on the quality of reports from young child witnesses. Psychology, Crime & Law. 15(6), 531-546. doi:10.1080/10683160802385398

Evans, A. D., & Roberts, K. P. (2009). Can paraphrasing increase length, richness and accuracy of reports from young child witnesses? Psychology Crime and Law, 15, 531-548.

Fu, G., Evans, A. D., Wang, L., & Lee, K. (2008). Lying in the name of the collective good: A developmental study. Developmental Science, 11(4), 495-503. doi:10.1111/ j.1467-7687.2008.00695.x   

Former Research Assistants

Heather Berry

Althea Sumabat

Aksaya Getheeswaran

Courtney Wood

Zeina Al Akhchar

Amy Linseman

Paula Ghelman

Hannah Giles

Sharie Sobers

Anissa Mumin

Alexia Lambis

Candice Sommers

Jennifer Lawly

Kelsey Donald

Bryanna Gallant

Dominique Skubnik

Shawneen Dayman

Harneet Kang

Zhuyi Liu

Weixin Pan

Yi Wang

Emma Rempel

Monica Crnogorac

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