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Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier

My research program explores cognition from a developmental and evolutionary perspective. I examine the origins of our cognitive capacities in a comparative manner, studying infants, young children, non-human primates, and dogs. 

Professor & Associate Head
Department of Psychology
Queen's University

Assistant Director


Dr. Taigan MacGowan

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow examining individual differences in the development of social cognitive processes, such as theory of mind and prosocial behaviour. I investigate these phenomena from a psychophysiological standpoint, and in the context of temperamental and state shyness. 


Sylvia Pinheiro

For my PhD research, I examine how children learn social behaviours, particularly within the virtual environment. I also communicate scientific knowledge to nonacademic audiences via illustration and game-based activities.

Hannah Burrows

My MSc research focuses on modelling human-dog interactions, with applications to working and service dogs. I am concurrently developing a financial literacy course for low-income students in pursuit of higher education.


Em Sundby

For my MSc research, I am examining how dogs perceive the ownership of objects. Specifically, I am studying how memory for objects may be affected by prior experience and familiarity, and how these memory biases may affect the training of working and service dogs.


Lara Gomes

I'm a PhD student in Psychobiology at UFRN, Brazil, and I'm at the Social Cognition Lab as a visiting research student.  I'm interested in the evolution of human behaviour, with a focus on empathic behaviour throughout human development, particularly how empathy can be affected by variables such as gender, socioeconomic status, and parenting practices.


Maeve McCreary

My Master's research is focused on canine cognition and dog-human interaction.  Specifically, I'm interested in how dogs respond to and interpret human communicative cues, as well as applications of this research to the training of working dogs.

Lab Alumni

Honour's Thesis Students


Talia Buckhalter

Adriana Helou


Brendan Hancock

Montana Shore


Emma Liptrot

Lexie Piccolo


Kate Hollingshead

Brooke Hilton

Shanahan Shan

Megan Kenney
Emily Pepper


Natanya Levine


Nina Buchenrieder

Ruxandra Filip
Rayna Edels


Zoe Paul
Kelsey Slobodian
Danielle Speck


Annamaria McAndrew
Madison Healey


Kathleen Merwin


Sydney Oastler
Raquel Martinez


Kyleigh Schraeder
Victoria Freeman


Jessica White


Sara Caird
Jenny Chu


Sarah Latimer


Lisa Hong
Katherine Chow


Kelly Anthony-Brown

Tara Karasewich, PhD.

Accommodations Manager, Queen's U.

Maeve Glover, MSc.

Secondary school educator

Scott Robson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, CHEO

Amy O'Neill, Ph.D.

Clinical Practice

Kristen Dunfield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Concordia Univ.

Tania Tzelnic, MSc.

Public Policy

Elizabeth Hallinan, MSc.

Attorney at Law

Undergraduate Research Fellows

Montana Shore, NSERC USRA & Queen's ASURF

Graduate Student, Boston Univ.

Danielle Bukovsky, NSERC USRA

Undergraduate, Queen's Univ.

Brooke Hilton, NSERC USRA &

Queen's ASURF

Graduate Student, Queen's Univ.

Ruxandra Filip, NSERC USRA

Graduate Student

Lab Coordinators

Sara Jones

Employment Counsellor, Toronto

Olivia Holden

Graduate Student, McGill Univ.

Hannah Taalman (MSc.)

Research Coordinator, CAMH

Rayna Edels (M.A.)

Graduate Student, McGill Univ.

Debra Torok

Graduate Student, Univ. of Victoria

Kathleen Merwin

Graduate Student, Dalhousie Univ.

Lindsay Murphy

Director of BI and Analytics

Rachel Banton (MSc.)

Graduate Student, Concordia Univ.

Senior Account Manager

Vivian Lee (Ph.D.)

Graduate Student, McMaster Univ.

Postdoctoral Researcher, York Univ.

Assistant Professor, Carleton Univ.

Graduate Students

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