LAB ALUMNI

Graduate Students

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SAMANTHA JOEL

Samantha completed her PhD in 2015 and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario.

I study how people make decisions about their romantic relationships. What sort of factors do people take into consideration when they try to decide whether to pursue a potential date, invest in a new relationship, or break up with a romantic partner? In my research, I draw from the field of judgment and decision making (JDM) to better understand ways in which relationship decisions are similar to other types of decisions, as well as ways in which they might be unique.

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JESSICA MAXWELL

Jessica completed her PhD in 2017 and is now an Assistant Professor/Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

I am interested in examining attachment processes in romantic relationships, and factors that influence the accuracy of perceptions in relationships. My specific research interests include the influence of attachment on empathic accuracy, relationship expectancies, and social exclusion. I am also interested in implicit theories of relationships, and how they can be applied to the sexual domain.

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STEPHANIE SPIELMANN

Stephanie completed her PhD in 2013, continued her work in the lab as a post-doctoral fellow, and is now an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Michigan.

I examine how insecurities promote maladaptive relational outcomes by exaggerating perceptions of threats and restraining perceptions of rewards. My research demonstrates that insecure individuals make many maladaptive relational choices based on threat avoidance motivations, such as the fear of rejection or the fear of being single. My research also suggests that the less examined motivating force of perceived opportunity for rewards, such as intimacy and close connection, is an important predictor of romantic decisions. Furthermore, I have been careful to examine the impact of these forces through the lens of relevant theoretical frames, especially attachment theory.

 

Affiliated Graduate Students

Ravin Alaei
Terry Borsook
Maria Iankilevitch
James Kim
Claire Midgley
Rebekah Reuben

Victor Swift

 

Lab Managers

Kaz Laird

Meghan Rossi

Laurice Karkaby
Vivien So
Kristina Tchalova
Christine Lambert

Sandeep Bening
Sarah McMahon
Karen Wond
Kristen Johannes

2017-2019

2015-2017

2014-2015
2013-2014
2011-2013
2010-2011

2009-2010
 

 

Research Opportunities Program Students

Mishel Alexandrovsky

Serena Thapar

2020-2021

2020-2021

 

Laetitia Hill Roy

Lucas Schneider

Jacob Cameirao

Rebecca Antonacci

Marina Charalampopoulou

Sarah Chiao

Emily Laing

Diana Enache

Jason Ruggeberg

Charlotte Lai

Helen Yu

Meghan Rossi

Lauren Weidmark

Giorgina Chum

2020-2021

2020-2021

2019-2020

2018-2019

2018-2019

2018-2019

2018-2019

2017-2018

2017-2018

2016-2017

2016-2017

2014-2015

2013-2014

2013-2014

Miranda DiLorenzo

Laurice Karkaby

Rebecca Tzalazidis
Marta Paszucka
Sara Quinn
Kristina Tchalova
Angela Zhang
Jody Chan
Jenna Kean

Mehrnaz Peikarnegar
Elgin Chau
July Lies

Danielle Katz

2013-2014

2013-2014

2012-2013
2011-2012
2011-2012
2011-2012
2011-2012
2010-2011
2010-2011

2010-2011
2009-2010
2006-2007

2006-2007

 

Independent Study Students

Thesis Students

Mikaela Boutillier

Yasmin Elahi

Sylvia Wang

Jesse Wilde

Chantal Dougan

Chris Kingston (mini thesis)
Zoe Martin (mini thesis)
Patricia Baratta
Minisha Suri
Chang Chen

Jesse Harper

2017-2018

2014-2015

2014-2015

2013-2014

2011-2012

2011-2012
2011-2012
2010-2011
2010-2011
2009-2010

2006-2007

 

University of Toronto Excellence Award Students

Serena Thapar

Ella Ma

Alathea Hayes

Diana Enache

Ming Ma

2021

2020

2019

2018

2018

 

Halla Ahmed

Shawn Ang

Aniqa Aniqa​

Arianne Apelo

Marzyeh Azimi

Thara Balachandran
Nicole Bardikoff

Katherine Barron
Jessica Barua

Ashley Battaglini
Adrienne Blacklock
Rasan Boksh

Kristina Boccia

Mikaela Boutillier
Jennifer Belder

Karl Broch

Jacob Cameirao

Damian Canagasurium

Kiah Caneira
Jaimie Chan

Sara Chaudry
Esther Chen

Louise Chen
Samantha Chen

Lang Cheng

Jennifer Choot
Karina Chuah
Iulia Ciobanu

Rachel Clark

Eleanor Crook

Brynmor Crookall

Carly Degenstein
Laura De Santis
Joshua Doidge
Lana Dubinsky
Nawwal Emmritte

Diana Enache

Tina Farokhifar

Yumna Farooq

Glenda Fairbairn

Shahrzad Firouzian
Rachel Frolich

Claire Gallivan

Jenny Gatov
Mila Gavrilova
Nadia Gibbons

Sydney Ginsler-Viner

Naomi Hazlett

Meghna Goveas
Rui Gong
Pelin Gul

Anh Thu Ha

Basma Hakem

Lilach Dahoah Halevi

Alathea Hayes

Joyce He

Laetitia Hill Roy

Wilson Ho

Alyssa Hollinger​

Aneeka Hopkin

Jaya Hu

Michelle Hu

Zakia Hussain

Rachel Hung

Rachel Hwang

Sana Haddad

Rachel Hwang
Anam Haji

Naeema Hashmani

Samantha Inwood

Nayyarain Ismail

Sarah Jahan

James Jung
Krystal Kan

Hazel Kang
Beenish Khan

Saad Khan
Basit Khurram

Alan Kian
Julie Kim

Suhyun Kim
Sabrina Kitching
Jenn Klauninger
Sela Kleiman

Julia Knauber

Sophia Kudryk

Sherman Kwok
Anastassia Lachina
Jessica Lau
Stephanie Lau

Kelly Lawrence

Susan Le

Shelly Seunghyun Lee

Janice Lee

Joanne Lee
Kathy Lee

Madison Lee

Shelley Lee
Vicky Lee
Shelly-Anne Li
Ruiting Li

Chiharu Liu

Qiannie Liu
Samantha Lo

Natalie Long Hei Ho

Chantel Ma

Ella Oi Tung Ma

Ming Ma
Catherine MacDonald
Laura Mackew
Rahimah Malik
Diana Markova

Julia McDowell
Jessica McLean
Smita Mehta
Alex Mihaescu

Nasibeh Mohsenzadeh
Marya Morozova
Negar Morshedian

Junnie Ng
Lauren O'Driscoll
Alicia Paniccia

Bora Park

Adam Paulin

Mehrnaz Peikarnegar

Rebecca Persaud

Stephanie Peruzza

Aviva Phillip-Muller
Emily Pollock
Olivia Radocchia
Jordan Rivera
Meena Rizwan

Jason Ruggeberg

Vilena Sabaeva

Lucas Schneider
Jisoo Seo

Nikki Sedhagat

Zeel Shah

Courtney Sherk
Shikta Shimana

Sarah Shin
Nadia Shkuta

Hasan Shafqat

Saleha Shahid

Abir Shamim

Ananya Shrivastava
Shalini Sivathasan

Lea Silvert

Almas Sohrabi

Zohreh Sojoudi
Nick Song

Sarah Somers
Jill Sromek

Gabriela Stafford

Nicolette Stogios

Sarah Strickland
Yuechuan Sun

Isabel Tang

Jess Templeman

John Tennant

Whitney Tu
Katie Turlova

Dyon Tucker

Dylan Tucker
Rebecca Tzalazidis
Jodi Vezina

Kathy Wang

Pearl Wang

Yvonne Wang

Anna Wsolinska
Serene Wong

Eileen Wu
Celina Yang

Yaqi Yang

Anneke Yao

Nalian Youmer

Sarah Young
Joyce Sarah Yu

Ivana Yuen
Anosha Zanjani
Jessica Zee
Nan Zheng

 

Research Assistants