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July 28, 2016
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Developmental Psychology Faculty Profiles

The Developmental area at Laurier has seven faculty members. A brief overview of each of their research programs is provided below. For more information about particular faculty members, click on a photo to be directed to the individual's personal faculty page. All faculty members (except for Dr. Joan Norris and Dr. Michael Pratt) are accepting students for 2011-12.


Alexandra Gottardo
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Dr. Gottardo's research interests involve examining the links between oral and written language in a wide range of groups. Primary interests include examining relationships between phonological processing and word reading in diverse learners including English as a second language (ESL) learners, beginning readers and children with reading difficulties. Other interests include factors related to reading comprehension in ESL learners and poor readers, and vocabulary development in ESL learners. She is also interested in literacy intervention programs for at-risk children. She collaborates with several graduate students, including Iuliana Baciu, Amy Grant, Daniel Colangelo, Miram Fine, Vahideh Shahidi and Ashley van Andel. Dr. Gottardo also has strong links to researchers at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.


Tobias Krettenauer
tkrettenauer [at]

Dr. Krettenauer's research interests lie in the area of moral development. He is particularly interested in the interplay of cognitive, emotional and personality development as it is related to matters of moral conduct and moral consciousness. Current research projects focus on moral identity formation in adolescence and the development of moral emotions. He is collaborating with Fanli Jia and Maureen Mosleh.


Joanne Lee
jlee [at]

Dr. Lee is the Director of Laurier Child Language & Math Lab. Her research interests are in language and reading acquisition, numeracy and mathematics acquisition, mathematics education, longitudinal study of language and mathematics development, and gender differences in cognitive development. She has a close cross-disciplinary colloboration with Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos, a faculty in Education. One of their collaborative projects was the creation of a community outreach, evidence-based program on early numeracy for young infants and toddlers called "LittleCountersTM" held in public libraries in the K-W region.


Joan Norris
jnorris [at]

Dr. Norris' research interests are in aging and intergenerational relationships. She collaborates with graduate students Elise Bisson and Eric Theriault as well as others in the Pratt/Norris lab group.


Mike Pratt
mpratt [at]

Dr. Pratt's current research interests are in personality and identity development, moral development, environmental concern, the life story and the family. He collaborates with several graduate students, including Susan Alisat, Elizabeth Flynn-Dastoor, Elise Bisson, Julian Hasford, Amanda Nosko, Eric Theriault, Wisam Al-Dabbagh, Charlene Esposto, and Fanli Jia.


Kim P. Roberts
kroberts [at]

Dr. Roberts is Head of the Child Memory and Learning Lab at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology. Prior to this, Dr. Roberts worked for five years at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland with Dr. Michael Lamb (pioneer of the NICHD interviewing protocol). Dr. Roberts has held research grants and worked with police and social workers in the US, Canada, Australia, and Britain. She was awarded the Premierís Research Excellence Award for her work on childrenís testimony.

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Eileen Wood
ewood [at]

Dr. Wood's primary research interests involve examining how children, youth, and adults (young through old) acquire and retain information especially in educational contexts. Part of that research involves looking at instructional strategies that facilitate learning and memory and another part looks at the impact of new technologies as instructional tools. A secondary line of research examines dating, relationships gender issues and gender stereotypes and how new technologies impact on these domains.