Gloria Rebello
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Lab Manager
Hello! I am a recent graduate from the Psychology Specialist program at the University of Toronto. My research interests broadly include the role of attention and memory on category learning as well as the perception of emotional expressions. I hope to incorporate my passion for mental health and cognitive developmental psychology in my current and future research. In my spare time, I love writing, knitting and drinking bubble tea.

Samantha Gualtieri
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Post-Doctoral Fellow
I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo. I am broadly interested in children’s learning and decision-making. My PhD work examined how young children integrate different pieces of information in their decisions, and how individual differences in children contribute to the strategies they use when making decisions.

Johnny Dubois
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Graduate Student, Psychology
I graduated from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, with a BSc (hons) in Psychology, working with Dr. Nicholas Watier on mindfulness and cognition. Prior to grad school I worked as a research assistant at Pine River Institute, a residential treatment center for youth with addiction, near Shelburne, ON. My PhD work focuses on exploring developmental changes in implicit/non-declarative memory, and the neural correlates of these processes.

Tess Forest
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Graduate Student, Psychology
Hello! I’m Tess, a PhD student in the LAND lab. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and completed my undergraduate degree in Cognitive Systems and Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. I also spent some time working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, in the Netherlands. I’m interested in how language learning mechanisms operate, their development over time, and how that contributes to differences in language learning abilities between adults and children. In my free time I like to cook, knit, and spend time outside… either running, backpacking, skiing, or canoeing!

Erika Wharton-Shukster
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Graduate Student, Psychology
I recently completed my Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Previously, I had the pleasure of working as study coordinator in a neuroimaging lab studying functional neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital. As someone who finds children as fascinating as they are entertaining, I’m excited to study their learning! Specifically, I’m hoping to investigate the mechanisms behind how children process and remember information differently than adults and across development. Outside the lab, I play drums in two bands, write music, and compulsively add to my plant collection.

Alexandra Decker
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Graduate Student, Psychology
Lexi is a fourth year PhD student in the psychology program at U of T, and is co-supervised by Amy Finn and Katherine Duncan. Before joining the lab, she received her BA in psychology from McGill University, and her MA in psychology under the supervision of Don Mabbott at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her current research focuses on understanding why certain experiences are remembered better than others, and how the neural processes that support memory change across development.

Luis Andres Vazquez
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Lab Programmer, Engineering Science
Hello there! I’m Luis Andres Vazquez but I go by Luigi. I am currently a second-year Engineering Science undergraduate student at UofT majoring in robotics. I am passionate about expanding human knowledge and the use of engineering innovation to enable science. I am a curious person, always wanting to learn and improve my skillset. Outside the lab you can find me running, biking, hiking (anything that’s outdoors really) or reading non-fiction books.

Mishel Alexandrovsky
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Mini-Thesis Student, Psychology Research Specialist, Linguistics Minor, Buddhism Psychology and Mental Health Minor
I am a third-year student at UofT, broadly interested in computational models of intelligent thinking, including predictive encoding, and their integration with our understanding of the spectrum of human cognition. In the lab, I’m doing research on children’s perception of time. I also work with autistic children. I also enjoy planning and getting tattoos and piercings.

Valeria Khudiakova
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Mini-Thesis Student, Psychology Research Specialist
Hi, my name is Valeria, and I’m in my third year specializing in Psychology Research at U of T. My main research interest is the social aspects of autism, especially impression management in autistic women, autistic community connectedness, and how autistic people perceive stigma. I’m excited to be doing my mini thesis at the LAND Lab this semester – my mini thesis centres around repetition seeking in typical and atypical development. In my spare time, I enjoy cuddling with my dog Lola, coming up with obscure research questions, and making spreadsheets!

Akshita Srivastava
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Research Opportunity Student, Psychology and Neuroscience
Hi! I’m a second-year undergraduate student, double majoring in psychology and neuroscience. Previously, I’ve worked in a variety of roles with children who have learning disabilities, and am therefore very interested in studying the development of memory, language acquisition, and other cognitive skills. In my spare time, I love baking, reading, and painting!

Wujiamei Sun
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Research Opportunity Student, Psychology and Cognitive Science
Hello, I am currently a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto specializing in psychology and major in cognitive science. I have volunteered with children for many years. I am interested in cognitive development and memory development. In my spare time, I love to travel, watch movies, and drink bubble tea with my friends

Jialin Song
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Work Study Student, Psychology Research Specialist
Hello! I’m Jialin, and I’m currently in third year of the psychology program here at U of T. I’m interested in cognitive development and language development, and how these can be applied to learning, motivation, and studies of risk and resilience. In my free time, I love to read, learn languages, and discover new music.

Valerie Nguyen
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Work Study Student, Neuroscience and Psychology
Hi everyone! My name’s Val and I’m a third-year undergraduate at UofT majoring in neuroscience and psychology. I’m broadly interested in studying the development of memory throughout childhood and am super excited to be working with the LAND lab. Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking, reading, and hanging out with my friends!

Maeve Beckwith-Jamieson
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Work Study Student, Psychology and Criminology
Hi! I’m Maeve and I’m going into my third year, majoring in Psychology and Criminology and minoring in Environment & Behaviour. My research interests involve memory and the development of cognitive memory processes. In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors, read, and try new recipes.

Lama Alomrani
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Work Study Student, Neuroscience and Physiology
I’m a third-year undergraduate student at UofT majoring in Neuroscience and Physiology. I’m interested in neuroscience research that focuses on memory and the pathways of the brain that facilitate this process in children. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, visiting new places, and trying new foods.

Zahra Abolghasem
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Psychology
I am a fourth year undergraduate student who is in the Psychology Research Specialist Program at the University of Toronto. I am broadly interested in investigating how learning and memory change from childhood to adulthood. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking/baking, hiking, and doing yoga!

Denise Arefhaghi
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Psychology and Sociology
Howdy! My name is Denise and I’m a recent graduate from the University of Toronto. I am broadly interested in the developmental trajectory of morality in children. In my spare time I enjoy reading, poetry, hiking, and creating playlists for specific feelings and moments in my life.

Michaela Karam
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Global Health and Psychology
Hello! I’m Michaela, a fourth year undergraduate student at UofT, double majoring in Global Health and Psychology. I’m particularly interested in the neuroscience of how our minds work and brain function and dysfunction in the developing, adult, and aging brain. I love working with kids and am super excited to learn more about the implications of cognitive development on learning at different stages of our lives. In my free time, I love to travel and discover the best food spots in Toronto!

Alumni – Post-docs and Students 

Yaelan Jung
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Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University
Yaelan is a postdoc working with Dr. Lauren Emberson at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, working with Dr. Dirk Bernhardt-Walther and Dr. Amy Finn. Her research is focused on high-level vision and how top-down factors (e.g., tasks, attention, and learning) interact with visual perception. She also asks how this interaction occurs in the developing brain. She uses fMRI and other behavioral measures to investigate these questions.

Andrew Bauer
Lead Data Scientist, FICO

Alumni – Research Assistants 

Victoria Antinucci

Megha Banka

Andrew Bauer

Yifan Bai

Gwyneth Campbell

Victoria Colaluca

Elizabeth Chan

Marina Charalampopoulou

Heidi Cheng

Hannah Cho

Kath Choi

Audreymoore David

Carissa DeMarinis

Francesca Di Perna

Hailey den Elzen

Arshee Faizullah

Priscilla Fung

Voula Giannoulis

Luosha Ha

Alyssa Ho

Natalie Holtby

Tri Quang Huynh

Lavania Jeganathan

Minju Kang

Tuana Tia Kant

Ribhav Kapoor

Parandis Kazemi

Mashal Khan

Erin Kim

Jaehee Kim

Jiin Kim

Ahskan Kiyomarsi

Danielle Lim

Angelina Lui

Kiara Lu

Henrique Matulis

Maria Mazaharally

Shannon Meikle

Asha Mohamed

Kanza Naveed

Ed Ntiri

Nika Zahedi Neysiani

Emily Onyshko

Kay Otsubo

Alyssa Payne

Alyssa Payne

Theresa Pham

Remsha Rana

Maryam Refai

Alex Sahar

Adnan Shahid

Chana Sharrington

Chuyun Shen

Inayat Singh

Christa Shi

Sabrina Szkolmowski

Marlie Tandoc

Karima Tasnuva

Tiffany Teng

Clarissa Wang

Ophelia Wang

Aria Wills

Katrina Wugalter

Qianwen Xu

Yvette Xie

Jordan Yang

Noel Yuen

Harry Zhu

Collaborating Post-docs and Students 

Kevin Himberger
Honey Lab


Dirk Bernhardt-Walther

Angela Duckworth

Katherine Duncan

Mark D’Esposito

Marc Ettlinger

Keisuke Fukuda

John Gabrieli

Brian Galla

Carla L Hudson Kam

Priya Kalra

Taraz Lee

Julia Leonard

Michael Mack

Allyson Mackey

Jennifer Minas

Tyler Perrachione

Meg Schlichting

Zeynep Saygin

Shelbie Sutherland

Margaret Sheridan

Zhenghan Qi