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Angela Evans
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Office: MC B321
Phone: (905)688-5550 ext. 5367

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Developmental Psychology

- development of deception
- social and cognitive development
- moral development
- cross-cultural differences
- child witnesses

I am a developmental psychologist with a focus on the influence of children's social and cognitive development on their moral understanding and behaviour. I use experimental methods to systematically study children's understanding of deception and their actual deceptive behaviours both in the laboratory and in the field. I also examine cultural factors that influence children's understanding and evaluation of lies in different contexts, as well as their actual lie-telling behaviours. Additionally, I am interested in issues related to child eyewitness testimony such as children's competency, credibility, and our ability to detect their lies.


Xu, F., Evans, A. D., Li, C., Li, Q., Heyman, G., & Lee, K. (2013). Honesty and Benevolence and their relation to children’s trust judgments. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 257- 265. doi: 10.1177/0165025413479861

Brunet, M., Evans, A. D., Talwar, V., Bala, N., Lindsay, R. C. L., & Lee, K. (online January 2013). How children report true and fabricated stressful and non-stressful events. Psychiatry, Psychology, & Law. doi:10.1080/13218719.2012.750896

Evans, A. D., & Lee, K. (online January 2013). Emergence of lying in very young children. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0031409

Hu, X., Evans, A., Wu, H., Lee, K. & Fu, G. (2013). An interfering dot-probe task facilitates the detection of mock crime memory in a reaction time (RT)-based concealed information test. Acta Psychologica, 142, 278-285.

Fu, G., Evans, A. D., Xu, F., & Lee, K. (2012). Young children can tell strategic lies after committing a transgression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 145-158. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.04.003

Evans, A.D., & Lyon, T.D. (2011). Assessing children's competency to take the oath in court: The influence of question type on children's accuracy. Law and Human Behaviour. doi:10.1007/s10979-011-9280-6.

Evans, A.D., & Lee, K. (2011). Performance on executive functioning tasks and lie-telling behaviors in 8- to 16-year-olds. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0023425

Evans, A.D., Xu, F., & Lee, K. (2011). When all signs point to you: Lies told in the face of evidence. Developmental Psychology, 47, 39-49. doi: 10.1037/a0020787

Li, A.S., Kelley, E.A., Evans, A.D., & Lee, K. (2011). Exploring the ability to deceive in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 185-195. DOI 10.1007/s10803-010-1045-4

Evans, A.D., & Lee, K. (2010). Promising to tell the truth makes 8- to 16-year olds more honest. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 28, 801-811. doi: 10.1002/bsl.960

Bala, N., Evans, A.D., & Bala, E. (2010). Hearing the voices of children in the Canadian criminal justice system: Recognizing capacity and facilitating testimony. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 22, 21-45.

Evans, A.D., Roberts, K.P., Price, H., & Stefek, C. (2010). The use of paraphrasing in investigative interviews. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34, 585-592.

Evans, A.D., & Roberts, K.P. (2009). Can paraphrasing increase length, richness and accuracy of reports from young child witnesses? Psychology Crime and Law, 15, 531-548.

Evans, A.D., Lee, K., & Lyon, T. (2009). Complex questions asked by defense lawyers but not prosecutors predicts convictions in child abuse trials. Law and Human Behavior, 33, 258-264.

Fu, G., Evans, A.D., Wang, L., & Lee, K. (2008). Lying in the name of the collective good: A developmental study. Developmental Science, 11, 495-503.




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