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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 5, 2016
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Who Are We?

Courtney Arseneau, Research Group Coordinator


Courtney Arseneau graduated from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) in 2011. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology First Class Honours) with honorary distinction. She is currently a MA Candidate in Developmental Psychology (Wilfrid Laurier University) under the supervision of Dr. Kim Roberts. Her primary research focuses on memory error and the credibility of eyewitness testimony, and hopes to contribute to investigative interviewing protocols specific to vulnerable populations. She is also dedicated to program evaluation of community initiatives that support low-income and culturally diverse groups. Her research has been funded by Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), Mitacs-Accelerate Graduate Research Program, and multiple Dean’s Scholarships. When she’s not in the lab or in line to buy coffee, Courtney can be found at home with her cat, Sigmund, and her dog, Oscar, cooking up Acadian meals and baking cupcakes!

Tara Noel, Volunteer

Tara Noel is a fourth year psychology major with the research specialist option. As of date, she is in the middle of my undergraduate thesis with Professor Gottardo, which pertains to speech acquisition in second language learners. During her university career, she has taken mainly French, Spanish and psychology courses and is very confident in her ability to speak both languages. One of her greatest aspirations is to travel to Europe and South America and submerge herself into the French and Spanish culture. In her opinion, both of these languages are very romantic and also provide the opportunity to communicate with various people in different countries around the world. Also, this submersion (or lifetime experience) could allow her to generate new opinions and understand cultural aspects that differentiate from her own as a Canadian. Her passion for language was the deciding factor for her thesis topic and now she currently works with those learning Spanish. Tara has always been interested in the cultural dynamics around the world and thinks studying cultural and community standards, traditions, views are quite fascinating. Another one of her research interests is working with linguistic components especially pertaining to those with speech impediments and second language acquisition. Although, she loves working with diverse groups of individuals and those who speak a multitude of languages, her true passion is to work with young children. Hopefully, when she completes my undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier, she could continue her education by fulfilling a Masters Degree and then an occupation in the discipline of therapy or education such as speech pathology, counseling or teaching.

Alexia Polilo, Research Assistant


Alexia is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Honours Psychology: Research Specialist Program. Her research interests include poverty reduction, community development, and program planning and evaluation. She is currently working on my honours thesis which examines the planning and development of the Better Beginnings, Better Futures Initiative. Alexia has been a senior research assistant at the Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action for two years and has worked on numerous projects structured around poverty and program evaluation. In the near future, she hopse to pursue a Masters Degree in Community Psychology which will allow her to integrate her passion for community research and community involvement.

Radha Sayal, Research Assistant


Radha Sayal is currently completing her BA in Psychology with a concentration in research as well as a Business and Philosophy minor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently working as a research assistant for the Community, Environment, and Justice Research Group (CERJG) and the Poverty Reduction Research Group (PPRG). Radha is also the Research Coordinator for the Laurier Student Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG). Her research interests include environmental justice, community engagement, poverty, social change, and social justice and diversity.

Christine Wolfl, Research Intern


Christine Wolfl is a fourth year undergraduate student in Honors Psychology, with minors in both Sociology and Women and Gender Studies.  This year, Christine is very active in the Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA), as both the Web and Information Technology Manager and as a Research Intern with the Poverty Reduction Research Group.  She is also a Youth Advisory Team member with Smartrisk, a youth focused injury-prevention organization.  This is her second year working with Courtney within this project and she is passionate about the research that the group is performing in terms of poverty reduction.  Christine is also interested in women and LGBTQ rights, public and environmental health and reduction of the effects of environmental degradation.  During her free time, Christine likes to hike, snowboard, watch movies and bake yummy cupcakes.  Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a Masters of Community Health in order to combine her passion for public health and web communications together.