Meet Our Team

Here are all the people in our LCD Lab! Scroll down for more information on each individual member.


Dr. Susan Graham

Dr. Susan Graham, Ph.D.

Director, Owerko Centre, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Department of Psychology
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Summer Abdalla

LCD Lab Research Coordinator 
B.A., University of Calgary, 2017


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Patrick Mihalicz

ChILD Research Group Coordinator

M.Sc.OT, University of Alberta, 2019
B.A. (Hons), University of Calgary, 2013

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Yomna Waly

Research Assistant

B.Sc. (Hons), University of Calgary, 2020



Natalie Sebastian

Research Assistant

B.A. (Hons), University of Calgary, 2021



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Narae Ju

Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Student

M.A. Chung-Ang University, 2015
B.A.  Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
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Michelle Zepeda

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student

M.Sc., University of Calgary, 2018
B.A. (Hons), University of Calgary, 2014
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Karolina Wieczorek

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student

M.Sc., University of Calgary, 2020
B.A. (Hons), MacEwan University, 2018

B.Sc. Concordia University of Edmonton, 2015
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Post Doctoral Fellows Supervised

Dr. E. Morin-Lessard, 2018 - 2021

Dr. R. Hentges, 2016 - 2020

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor. East Tennessee State University

Dr. V. San Juan, 2014 - 2018
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Bradley University

Dr. S. Geffen, 2014 - 2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor, USC Dornsife

Dr. C.K. Friesen, 2001 - 2002 (NSERC PDF)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota

Ph.D Students Supervised

J. Thacker, 2015 - 2019

J. Switzer, 2015 - 2019

E. Vukatana, 2013 - 2017 (Vanier SSHRC)
Infants' Acquisition of Category-Property Links: Exploring 7- to 11-month-olds' Abilities
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, Halifax

M. Khu, 2012 - 2016 (SSHRC and Killam Support)
Preschoolers' Emotional and Cognitive Perspective-taking During Online Language Processing 
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Calgary

S. Owens, 2011 - 2015 (SSHRC & AIHS Graduate Support)
Children's Interpretation of Filled Pauses in Referential Communication: Exploring the Functions of Discourse Status and Object Familiarity
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Calgary

J. Keates, 2005- 2011 (SSHRC & AHFMR Graduate Support)
From Picture Books to the Real World: Infants' Generalization of Non-obvious Object Properties
Current Positions: Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba & Clinical Psychologist, Grace Hospital, Winnipeg

S. Nayer, 2004-2008 (SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Support) 
Generics guide toddlers' inductive inferences
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Israel

E. Nilsen, 2003-2007 (SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Support)
The relations between children's communicative perspective-taking and executive functioning
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

A. N. Welder, 1997-2003 (NSERC & AHFMR Graduate Support)
The effect of animacy cues and labels on infants' categorization of novel objects with similar outsides or similar insides
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Kelowna

J. Turner2001-2003 (NSERC graduate support)
The influence on ontological kind and linguistic information on infant categorization

Ph.D Students Co-Supervised

H. MacKenzie, 2010 - 2013 (co-supervised with Dr. S. Curtin)
The Influence of Contact and Form on 12-Month-Olds' Sound Object-Associations

J. Berman2009 - 2013 (SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship & AHFMR support; co-supervised with Dr. C. Chambers)
Preschoolers' Use of Vocal Affect as a Cue to Referential Intent
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Ontario

E. Tourigny, 2006-2010 (co-supervised with Dr. A. McKeough)
Assessing the impact of an instructional program for First Nations children

M. Schroeder, 2005-2010 (co-supervised with Dr. A. McKeough)
School-aged children's understanding of the scientific process

S. Bird, 2007-2009 (co-supervised with Dr. A. McKeough)
A sense of time, a sense of place: Examining Anishinaabe identity development within and between generations

MSc. Students Supervised

M. Zepeda, 2016 - 2018 (SSHRC CGS, QE II support)
Examining the effect of category-training on 11-month-olds' property generalizations

J. Thacker, 2013 - 2015
5-Year-Olds’ Use of Disfluency and Speaker Identity in Referential Communication

J. Switzer, 2013 - 2015
A Bat is Not a Bird: Infants’ Use of Distinct Labels to Guide Inductive Reasoning

E. Vukatana, 2011 - 2013 (SSHRC CGS support)
Early Inductive reasoning: Examining 11-Month-Olds' Abilities

M. Khu, 2010 - 2012 (QE II, AGS Scholarship, Curtin Family Graduate Scholarship)
Learning from picture books: The effect of naming on infants' transfer of nonobvious properties

S. Owens (formerly Collins), 2009 - 2011 (SSHRC CGS support)
Preschoolers' sensitivity to speaker action constraints to infer communicative intent

J. Berman, 2007 - 2009 (SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Support)
Preschoolers' appreciation of speaker affect as a cue to a speakers' intentions

H. Mackenzie, 2007 - 2009 (NSERC Canada Graduate Support)
12-month-olds privilege words over other linguistic sounds in an associative learning task

J. Keates, 2005 - 2007 (SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Support)
Labeling context influences infants' inductive inferences about non-obvious properties

K. Meagher, 2003 - 2005 (NSERC Canada Graduate Support)
The roll of comparison in 4-year-olds' categories
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Red Deer

S. Nayer, 2002 - 2004 (NSERC Canada Graduate Support) 
Preschooler's adapt their communicative behaviours based on their parents' knowledge state

C.S. Kilbreath, 2001- 2003 (NSERC Canada Graduate Support)
The influence of gestures and object labels on infants' inductive inferences
Current Position: Ethics Resource Officer, University of Calgary

A. Henderson, 2001- 002 (NSERC graduate support)
Two-year-olds' appreciation of the conventionality of novel labels in indirect word learning contexts
Current Position: Assistant professor, University of Auckland

B.L. Brooks, 1999 - 2001 (NSERC & AHFMR graduate support)
An examination of the communicative and linguistic abilities of children adopted from Romanian orphanages
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Alberta Children's Hospital

A.H. Pencer, 1998-2000 (NSERC & AHFMR graduate support)
Twenty-four-month-olds’ use of attentional cues in lexical acquisition
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, IWK Children's Hospital, Halifax

A.N. Welder, 1997-1999 (NSERC & AHFMR graduate support)
What promotes inductive inferences in infancy? Generalizing knowledge about nonobvious properties

MSc. Students Co-Supervised

H. MacKenzie, 2007-2009 (NSERC CGS graduate support; co-supervised with Dr. S. Curtin)
Ohh! Ahh! Do 12-month-olds privilege words in an associative learning task?

A. Romaine, 2007-2009 (co-supervised with Dr. A. McKeough)
The development of oral narrative in First Nations students
Current Position: School Psychologist

H. Stock, 2005-2007 (SSHRC CGS graduate support; co-supervised with Dr. A. McKeough)
Do Plinkers live in trees? How generics and speaker knowledge guide preschoolers' inductive inferences
Current Position: School Psychologist

M. Schroeder2003-2005 (co-supervised with Dr. A. McKeough)
Why I look like Mommy and Daddy: Teaching preschoolers about inheritance

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