I completed my PhD at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia) and my Masters and Honour’s BA at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). My degrees are in instructional and developmental psychology.
I have several active programs of research. My primary program examines learning across the lifespan both in traditional learning contexts (e.g., school, preschool and home) as well as non-traditional contexts where technology is used as a tool to instruct or to learn. The focus of the research examines how information is acquired and retained both from an applied perspective and understanding underlying cognitive mechanisms. A second program of research examines gender issues that impact on learning, health and relationships. The third stream of research examines academic integrity.
I have been honoured to receive several awards for both my teaching and my academic work.
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I have an active research lab that supports graduate students at the Master’s and PhD level, post-doctoral students, as well as undergraduate students completing their fourth year research theses. My lab also welcomes a limited number of undergraduate volunteers who wish to gain research training and experience.
I often have opportunities for limited-term paid research opportunities conducting research with children and families related to learning in and out of the classroom. Given these populations, training is always required prior to any employment. If you are interested in such an opportunity please contact me.
Although the primary focus of my own research varies from year to year, in general, I encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the following broad areas: learning and memory related to education, technology (social and learning implications), and gender issues.
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