After completing my PhD at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., I spent 5 years working with Dr. Michael Lamb at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland.
I joined the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2001 and was promoted to professor in 2009. While at Laurier, my research has been funded through grants awarded from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); the Canadian Foundation for Innovation; the Ontario Innovation Trust; the Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation; the Australian Research Council and the Department of Justice.
I run the Child Memory Lab and enjoy working with graduate and undergraduate students, families in the community, doctors, nurses, social workers, lawyers, teachers and other professionals who work with children. I am the liaison for the Family Development Research Centre at Emmanuel at Brighton Daycare, and founded the BrainWorx summer camp. I am regularly consulted by judges, attorneys, police services and social work agencies regarding proper interviewing practices with children.
My research has forensic and educational applications. Forensic: I am interested in issues regarding children in the legal system such as memories of sexual abuse, interviews of alleged child victims and witnesses, and children’s experiences in the court system. Educational: I am interested in how children learn information from a variety of sources (e.g., the internet, peers, parents) and how knowledge develops over time.
The Child Memory Lab is always interested in hearing from students looking for any of the following:
Excellent work ethic, reliability and responsibility are heavily considered when reviewing prospective students. If you have questions about work in the lab, feel free to contact me for more information.
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