Education & Background


2012-present: PhD StudentPsychology Department, University of British Columbia

Advisor: Alan Kingstone 


2009-2011: M.A. PsychologyPsychology Department, University of British Columbia

Advisor: Alan Kingstone


2004-2009: Hons. BSc.University of Waterloo, Ont, Canada

Advisors: Derek BesnerEvan Risko




I first became involved in research by working at London Health Science Centre with Dr. Jonathan Dreyer and Shelley McLeod as a research assistant while I was completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo. I loved it! Eventually, I began working in various psychology laboratories (i.e., Dr. Derek Besner’s Cognition and Perception Unit, Dr. Hildy Ross’s Family Studies Lab, and Dr. Daniel Smilek’s Lab) conducting research on a variety of projects including visual attention in reading, social influences on perception, the influence of practice on attention, and feature processing in letter and word recognition.

Once I graduated, I began working at the Barlab under the supervision of Dr. Alan Kingstone at UBC as a research assistant investigating how technology influences cautionary behaviours and how practice and fatigue influence attention. I couldn’t get enough, so I decided to stay as a graduate student. Since then, my research has become focused on understanding how eye contact influences memory, attention, and our ability to connect with others.

During my time as a graduate student, I have developed a fervent passion of teaching and undergraduate education. I am grateful to have many opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate students, as both a researcher and teaching assistant/fellow, as they navigate the academic system to pursue their interests.

For more academic info, please see my CV. (Updated Oct 30th, 2014)