Prospective Students

WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR: I am always interested in working with new motivated and curious students. I am currently accepting both Honours and Masters CHYS students next year, and I will be continuing my policy of considering MA and PhD Psychology applicants (Psychology applicants should contact me prior to applying). What do I look for in a student? Most importantly, I look for integrity. Research is all about trust, so it is essential that a student and supervisor are able to have confidence in each others' work. The next thing I look for is curiosity. Research can be hard work, but if you're really curious, it makes it seem a lot less like work and a lot more like fun. Curiosity is what really motivates good research, so it's not surprising that I look for it in my students. Lastly, I look for indicators of hard work, like good grades, GRE scores (not required but I'll look at them if you have them), good references, etc. Generally speaking, I will consider students from Child Studies, Psychology, Biology, and Anthropology programs, although any keen and capable applicants are welcome to apply.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR: Most graduate students your choice of supervisor will largely determine what you can study, how you can study it, how enjoyable your experience is, how much you'll learn, what kinds of research and travel opportunities you'll have, and what kind of C.V. you will build. I strongly encourage prospective students to interview their potential supervisor as much as they are interviewed by the supervisor. Do you have similar ideas of research? Who gets authorship of papers? Do other students like working in their lab? Do they publish work with other students? I'm happy to answer these, or any other questions, you might have about potentially working with me. As for the setting, Brock is a thriving university with strong graduate studies. My home department is wonderfully diverse, and full of great supervisors and opportunities. As an associate member, I work closely with members of the strong psychology department we have here (this means I can supervise Psyc students as well as CHYS) and I really love the Niagara region (60 minutes from 5 major cities, with over 5 million people, but tons of parks, tourist locations, wineries, etc.).

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS CAN A STUDY WORK ON IN MY LAB? Students generally have a lot of freedom to work on topics that they are interested in, but here are some of the potential topics for students to work on in my lab (italicized projects are for graduate students only):

1. Bullying in Dominica - studying bullying in a rural Caribbean village, analyzing existing data

2. Sport bullying - studying bullying in extracurricular activities, analyzing existing data

3. Six Nations parenting and bullying - conducting focus groups and research on parenting and bullying in Six Nations (aboriginal students most welcome!), analyzing existing data

4. Infant facial cues - examining the influence of various infant facial cues on adults' parental behavior

5. Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness - conducting theoretical, anthropological, and historical surveys of the human past

6. Evolution of Bullying - studying bullying from an evolutionary perspective

7. Bullying and Psychopathy - studying the relationship between psychopathic traits and bullying

8. Parenting and Child Development - one of my primary interests is parenting, so I'm open to studying general topics related to parenting and its influence on child development

If any of these projects sound of interest to you, please feel free to contact me for more information. As I mentioned, I'm usually open to new ideas, so feel free to pitch me any interesting ideas you may have for working in my lab. Finally, while many of my students are Child and Youth Students, I can and do consider psychology students, usually MA or PhD candidates. I only ask that if you're interested in me as a psychology supervisor rather than CHYS, you give me a heads-up first.


Created on ... November 2012