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Child Study Lab


The very active student researchers in our Child Study Labs are included in all aspects of the research process, from library searches, through research design and proposals, to actual participant interface, data reduction, and analysis, and on to scholarly presentations and publications. Ethical considerations, comportment in the field, and participant rapport building are also part of necessary training. Students are also trained in careful data recording and in many cases, audio- and audio-visual records require time-consuming transcription before analyses can start. All students who make conceptual contributions and who are professionally directed are involved in reporting our findings to professional scholarly communities (see our list of papers and posters).

My UBC and UNB Child Study Labs are very busy places. Most honours students have gone on to graduate work here and at other universities. My UNB doctoral students are now either teaching and conducting research in psychology departments or working in clinical-child fields. Some of my students spend a year in the Lab beyond the BA (hons) program conducting research, which appears to have been beneficial to their (and our) research progress. A good deal of good work is expected of students, as they can attest, but we also provide a collaborative, collegial environment in which students gain a wide range of skills in everything from language analysis to cortisol saliva sampling. Our research students are expected to engage in more than research in their area of primary interest, so they leave the Lab with broad theoretical and methodological bases as well as thoroughgoing appreciation of cognitive and emotional developmental processes from preschool through adolescence. Students' interests in everything from lying to physiological concomitants of anger have influenced the direction of research activities in the Lab, just as the Lab has affected the direction of their interests.

At UNB: Stacey McKay And Joan Wright have successfully completed doctoral studies and are now psychologists in private clinical practice. Recent honours undergraduate psychology students: Elizabeth Gerhardt, Serena Jenkins, and Morgan Richard are in graduate studies, or will be going on to graduate school soon.

At UBC: Jessi Knutson is working with, and for, Indigenous youth in Vancouver; Dana Dmytro is a school psychologist in Maple Ridge, Jesse Lo is a behavioural interventionist; Ale Ribeiro has just completed two Master's degrees at Sao Paulo and UBC; Ye-Von Lee is moving on to Toronto to study nursing; Saman Fouladirad is studying in medical school at UBC; Arantxa Mascarenas is in graduate school in Florida; Shuai Shao is now a doctoral student in psychology at UCSD; and Serena Jenkins is in graduate school in Lethbridge.

Click here to see detailed profiles of past and current research assistants.

Click here to see photos of some of the fantastic work from the Lab.

Retirement Party, Fredericton, 1998 Retirement Party, Fredericton, 1998

Early Bowen Brunch, 2005 Early Bowen Brunch, 2005

Jean Piaget Society Meeting, Amsterdam, 2007 Jean Piaget Society Meeting
Amsterdam, 2007

Li & Gill, UBC 2019 Li & Gill
UBC 2019

Li & Gill, UBC 2019 Gill, Li, Ribeiro & Cameron
AME Best Poster Award 2019

Like and Different are quickening words, brooding and hatching.
Better and Worse are egg-sucking words, they leave only the shell.
- Ursula LeGuin, Always Coming Home