I received my B.A. from Louisiana State University in 2006 and my Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Rochester in 2016. I’ve held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary (2016-2017) and the University of Toronto at Mississauga (2017-2020) and served as a research methodologist at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University (2021-2022). I joined the faculty at Laurier in 2022.
My research draws on constructivist and systems theories to understand the development of—and interplay between—morally-relevant judgments, emotions, and behaviors in early and middle childhood. What are the various psychological, social, and contextual factors involved in children’s developing understanding of right and wrong and their ability to feel emotions like sympathy and guilt? And to what extent, and under what circumstances, do socio-moral processes contribute to “good” (e.g., prosociality, kindness) and “bad” (e.g., aggression, violence) behavioral tendencies?
I encourage researchers and community partners with similar interests to reach out to discuss possibilities for future collaboration.
I will be considering applications for graduate students for the Fall of 2023. Interested students can email me to discuss.
I am accepting applications on a rolling basis for highly motivated undergraduates interested in gaining research experience in a developmental lab. Prospective students should email me with a copy their CV/resume and a brief description of their reasons for wanting to join. Previous research experience is an asset but not required. Students who are comfortable interacting with children are especially encouraged to apply.
Individuals (including non-students) who have experience recruiting children and families into research studies and/or who have close ties to organizations serving children or families in the Kitchener-Waterloo region (e.g., daycares, preschools, non-profits) are encouraged to reach out to me about the possibility of a part-time, paid Recruiter position.
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