Research Assistant

Alexey holds a Hons. B.A. in psychology from York University. He is a research assistant working on a systematic review examining parenting interventions targeting academic readiness. His interest on parenting interventions developed during his work with Dr. Robert Muller examining the efficacy of Emotion Focused Family Therapy for improvement of children’s mental health. Since then he has aspired to better understanding family interactions and childhood development.


Alexey completed his thesis examining the factor structure of the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems under the supervision of Dr. Alberta Pos and is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. He is currently involved on studies looking at adolescent mental health during Covid-19, understanding emotion regulation in children with callous-unemotional traits, and investigating psychological interventions for behavioural problems after a traumatic brain injury. He hopes to continue contributing to the field of psychology on the topics of therapy process, substance use, and treatment of depression


Research Coordinator

Caren holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at York University (Research Stream). Caren is the research coordinator for a large-scale systematic review and meta-analysis in the Prime Lab, examining positive parenting interventions targeting children's academic school readiness. She is passionate about advancing research on school readiness and educational practices, with previous experience managing studies on undergraduate statistical literacy and effective teaching strategies.

Caren's Specialized Honours Thesis, supervised by Dr. Brent Lyons at the Schulich School of Business, investigated the effects of Biracial identity management strategies on evaluators’ hiring intentions. Caren's thesis examined biases stemming from innate racial stereotyping and essentialist beliefs toward Biracial employees. Caren is currently pursuing graduate studies in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, more specifically, studying the causes and prevention of stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace. 



Thesis Student

Alex is a specialized honours student in psychology at York University. She is interested in studying the innumerable ways that parenting and family interactions can influence developmental trajectories in children. This year Alex will complete her specialized honours thesis as well as contribute to a systematic review and meta-analysis of positive parenting interventions targeting academic school readiness.

Alex has a previous undergraduate degree in Film Studies, which has informed her understanding and passion for how media influences developing cognitions; particularly in relation to parenting, health and gender biases. Alex will be applying to graduate school this year with hopes of pursuing Clinical Psychology. In the future, Alex hopes to help bridge the gap between scientific research and practical applications and to help improve public health policies.


Volunteer Research Assistant 

Katherine is an undergraduate psychology student in the Specialized Honours Program at York University. She is interested in the social determinants of health and social inclusion of marginalized individuals, most specifically, women and children. Katherine is hoping to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology with the intention of working in communities to promote resiliency and increase access to mental health care. In the Prime Family Lab, she hopes to better understand the ways mothers can be supported through various parenting interventions and how this can result in improvements in children’s mental health and future success. 


Independent Research Project (thesis-style) Student

Pardeep Kaur is an undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies. She has previously completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018. Pardeep has been involved in studies that examined parenting interventions for families of refugee background and how they influence developmental outcomes in children. This year, Pardeep is completing an Independent Research Project in the Prime Lab, wherein she will be primarily contributing to a systematic review and meta-analysis of positive parenting interventions targeting academic school readiness. 


Pardeep's research interests include maternal-child health, with a focus on parenting interventions and child development, as well as refugee/newcomer health. Alongside her classes, she also works as a Research Coordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics, where she is involved in a variety of projects that align with her passion to eliminate health disparities in marginalized communities. Pardeep’s extracurricular interests involve baking, reading, hiking, swimming and mixed martial arts.

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