Interested Students

Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research

Interested Students

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The Centre for Lifespan Development Research houses various faculty members across Brock University representing Social Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, Education, and Humanities, as well as 40 community agencies, who collaborate to investigate psychological, social, health, neurophysiological and educational aspects of life from infancy to old age. For example, the Centre involves various faculty members from Brock's Psychology Department - if you are a student interested in learning more about psycholgoy graduate studies in lifespan development please download our information sheet here

On this section of our website you will find a great deal of information regarding our members, the opportunities available to our students (e.g., publications and funding) and updates on the professional lives of our students after they have graduated.

Our members are often accepting students as either graduate students or volunteers. Below we have a list of our current members, along with information regarding their research and whether or not they are currently accepting students. If you are interested in connecting further with a faculty member, please email them directly (note that you can link to their faculty page in the list below).


Professor name Research interests Accepting students or volunteers
Michael Ashton My research focuses on the structure and measurement of personality characteristics and other individual differences (e.g., mental abilities, beliefs and attitudes, interests). Currently considering graduate student applications.
Michael Busseri One aspect of our research focuses on “subjective well-being”.  Another aspect of our research focuses on how people evaluate their SWB as unfolding over time, that is, their beliefs concerning their past, current, and anticipated future well-being. We are interested in understanding these issues from a lifespan perspective, drawing on experiences and findings based on people of various ages, from adolescence through older adulthood. Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Kimberly Cote We investigate the role of sleep in waking cognition and performance, including studies on the effects of varying levels of sleep deprivation on frontal lobe function and emotion regulation, and studies on sleep-dependent memory consolidation. We record EEG and event-related potentials from multiple scalp sites, and apply quantitative analysis techniques, to examine arousal and attention processes. Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Angela Evans My research examines social and cognitive factors that influence children’s moral understanding honesty and their deceptive behaviour. I am also interested in issues related to child eyewitness testimony such as how to question children to obtain the most honest and accurate report, children’s competency, credibility, and our ability to detect their lies.  Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Jan Frijters My research currently focuses on the motivational characteristics and function of adult struggling readers. Two other projects focus on the genetic and neurophysiological predictors of dyslexic children's response to intensive remediation.  Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Carolyn Hafer I am interested in questions related to the psychology of social justice--what people perceive to be fair or unfair, how they respond to perceived injustice, and why people are motivated by justice concerns. Currently accepting volunteers.
Gordon Hodson Dr. Hodson is a social psychologist who examines intergroup relations, with an emphasis on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. He focuses particularly on how individual differences and personality relate to social exclusion.  His research typically explores the multifarious precursors of prejudice, including both cognitive (e.g., group representations) and emotional (e.g., anxiety, disgust, empathy) factors.  Recent research has focused on methods to improve intergroup attitudes and relations. Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Caitlin Mahy Have you ever noticed how young children often forget to do things or have trouble imagining the future? My research focuses on the development of future-oriented thinking in early childhood and in old age. We examine how two important abilities, prospective memory and episodic foresight, change with age and how they relate to self-regulation and social understanding. Currently accepting volunteers.
Antonia Mantonakis  My research centers on understanding psychological factors that affect consumer behaviour. For example, some recent findings show that:
  • the simple order of sampling (e.g., of wine at a winery), can influence which option is chosen as the favourite
  • a brief pause between a tagline and brand, in digital media for example, can lead to increased brand recognition and preference
Currently accepting volunteers.
Tanya Martini Most undergraduates make time for part-time work, volunteering, and extracurricular activities on top of their coursework. My research is aimed at improving what we know about the career-related skills that university students develop during these types of learning experiences. Currently accepting volunteers.
Rebecca Raby My research concentrates on examining and theorizing agency and participation in the lives of young people. Specific projects include school rules, gender and smartness in school, and children and work.  Not accepting volunteers or graduate students.
Lynn Rempel My current research is focused on the effect of father involvement as a member of the breastfeeding and parenting team on infant health and development.  Currently accepting graduate students.
Linda Rose-Krasnor In our lab, we do research in the domains of both social competence and youth engagement, as well as assessing the impact of youth programs designed to promote positive development. Currently accepting volunteers.
Sid Segalowitz I use EEG/ERP methods to study brain responses from prefrontal cortex and from visual sensory regions to examine their role in personality and cognitive traits related to self-regulation. Of special interest is whether it is the amplitude or the consistency of the ERP responses that relate most, and account for good performance on tasks. Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Tony Volk My lab does a range of interesting evolutionary and developmental psychology research.  We primarily study bullying and aggression, but also study parenting, infant faces, personality/psychopathy, and the evolution of childhood. Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.
Teena Willoughby My major research interests are in adolescent and emerging adult development. I focus on two main questions: (a) What predicts the individual differences found among adolescents and emerging adults with regard to risk taking, mental health, and academic achievement, particularly in terms of different developmental pathways over time, and how are these pathways related to psychosocial adjustment?, and (b) Is adolescence and emerging adulthood a sensitive period for development, resulting in unique vulnerabilities and opportunities for both negative (e.g., risk taking, nonsuicidal self-injury) as well as positive behaviors (e.g., engagement in structured activities)? Currently accepting volunteers and graduate students.