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People in the Lab

Dr. Elizabeth Anne Kelley


I received my BAH in Psychology from York University in 2000 and my PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2006. I am interested in the development of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and how all aspects of development (social, perceptual, cognitive, and linguistic) interact in individuals with ASD, intellectual disabilities, and typically developing individuals across the life span.


In my spare time (what spare time?) I enjoy spending time with friends (especially eating good food or activities near or on water), watching movies with my cats, shoe- shopping, traveling, and reading. And last but certainly not least, my favourite ice cream flavour is Edy’s low-fat French Silk (one of the only things I miss about living in the States). Faculty Page Curriculum Vitae



Patricia Kloosterman, MSc  


Patricia resides just east of Peterborough with her husband and three children. When her youngest son was diagnosed with autism, Patricia left the field of business to pursue studies in psychology. She completed her BSc in Psychology and MSc in the Applications of Modeling in the Natural and Social Sciences graduate program at Trent University. Patricia’s research interests include the shared characteristics of obsessive-compulsive disorder and autism spectrum disorders, as well as the development of emotional and social competencies in children and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. Favourite ice cream: Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter n’ Chocolate Favourite activities: Enjoying the outdoors and reading a good mystery novel


Annie Li, MSc   


I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2007. Through the co-operative program at Waterloo, I was able to gain valuable working experience in various fields—computer programming, technical writing, social work, research—and realize my passion for research. After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to Kingston to pursue graduate studies in the Developmental Psychology Program at Queen's. My master's research explored real-world applications of theory of mind in high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specifically, I examined the propensity and ability to tell antisocial and prosocial lies and explored how lie-telling is related to false belief understanding and language ability in this population. As I am also interested in language acquisition and development in children with ASD, my PhD research will examine the mechanisms through which these children learn the meaning of words.


In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy dining out, baking, and gobbling down mint chocolate ice cream!



 Layla Hall, MSc

I completed my BScH. in Biology and Psychology at Queen’s in 2010, and have now returned to Queen’s for the graduate program in Clinical Psychology. Over the past number of years I have been fortunate enough to have had many experiences that opened my eyes to the fascinating world of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disability. These include working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, the Geneva Center for Autism, and volunteering in this very lab as an undergraduate. It is through these opportunities that I have developed a broad interest in understanding autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan, especially pertaining to social and cognitive development. For my Master’s research I will be investigating how social and academic functioning in adolescents with an ASD are related to attention and executive function, as well as how improvements in these processes might help to improve daily functioning. This research mirrors my clinical interest in working with children and adolescents with disabilities and behavioural difficulties.


When I am not in the lab or completing course work, I like to spend my time cooking, being active outdoors, and watching one of my many favourite TV shows. Also, my favourite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s “Half Baked”.  I have been known to eat a full tub in one sitting.


Sara Furlano, MSc


I realized my passion for atypical development research during my undergraduate studies at Queen’s University. At Queen’s I volunteered and completed my undergraduate thesis in the ASD Studies Lab. After receiving my BScH in Psychology, I am back in Kingston pursuing a Master’s in Developmental Psychology. I have always loved working with children and have spent the past five summers in Toronto, as a special needs counselor and supervisor for the city. For my master’s research, I will be studying positively biased self-perceptions in adolescents with ADHD, ASD and FASD. Children with ADHD have been found to display the positive illusory bias, where they tend to overestimate their competencies in various domains. We will be testing this bias in two clinical populations who have not yet been tested to date.


In my spare time I love to read, spend time with family and friends and watch what most people would think is terrible TV.



Chloe Hudson, BAH


I received my BAH in Psychology from the University of Guelph in 2012. I'm currently in the first year of my MSc in the clinical psychology program here at Queen's University. I have always had a passion for working with children, with particular emphasis on children with special needs. While completing my undergraduate degree, I developed a strong interest and aptitude for research. I'm thrilled to be able to combine my interests in research and working with children in the ASD lab. My research will focus on the victimization and bullying in children with autism spectrum disorder. In my spare time, I love to stay active, spend time with friends and family, and watch far too much YouTube.

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Caitlin Ball

I am currently in my fourth year at Queen’s University working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. My passion for studying Autism Spectrum Disorders developed over the past couple years through my work as a behavioural therapist for children with ASD. Working one-on-one with many different children with autism gave me an insight into the unique methods through which children with ASD learn and prompted me to study these possibilities directly in the ASD lab here at Queen’s. Currently, I am doing my honours thesis on the relationship between social skills and multiple forms of imitation in children with ASD.


In my spare time I like to go swimming in pools, creeks, lakes, oceans… any body of water that I can find. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, rock climbing, and travelling (I have a particular soft spot for southern Africa).

Emily Downs


I am my fourth year of my BAH in Psychology at Queen’s and I am very excited to be completing my honours thesis in the ASD lab with Dr. Kelley. For my thesis I am focusing on how cognitive and attentional flexibility affect the incidence of stereotyped and repetitive behaviours in adolescents with ASD. A lot of my interest in this area stems from my experiences working with children. I have worked as a camp counselor and camp coordinator in my hometown for the past few summers, and this experience has inspired my interest in developmental psychology.

When I’m not studying psychology, I enjoy baking, knitting and hanging out with my evil parrotlet. I’m also a member of the Queen’s Chamber Choir and Queen’s Yoga club.


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Carly Cookman


I am currently in my third year here at Queen's working towards my BAH, majoring in psychology and minoring in linguistics. Having worked with with children with a variety of special needs for the past 6 years, I have acquired a passion for atypical development. I hope to be doing research in this field for the rest of my life! For my directed lab this year, I will be looking at the relation between joint attention and speech development in children with ASD. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, taking dance classes with QDC, camping, reading, and watching Modern Family!

Morgan Fishman


I’m currently in my fourth year of Concurrent Education, majoring in Psychology. I absolutely adore working with children of all ages and am extremely interested in developmental psychology, particularly atypical development. This interest has been stimulated through my studies here at Queen’s, working as a camp counselor, and volunteering with organizations such as Best Buddies and The Canadian Down Syndrome Society. My positive experience as a volunteer in the ASD Studies lab in second year has motivated me to return as a directed lab student now in my fourth year! Through my directed lab opportunity I hope to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders from an educational perspective, specifically how children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder learn and how teachers should approach educating these children. In doing so, I’ll hopefully be able to bring both valuable information and experience into the classroom! 

Here at Queen’s I’m involved in a variety of groups and services, such as Best Buddies, The Peer Support Center, and Common Ground Coffeehouse. I love travelling and being outdoors and in my spare time at Queen’s I enjoy checking out live music, hanging out with my friends, dancing, and baking! I’m super excited to be a part of the ASD Studies lab and can’t wait to start learning more. 

Tessa Grant 


I am currently in my fourth year at Queen’s University majoring in psychology (BScH). While volunteering in the lab this summer I was able to learn more about ASD, and I am very excited to continue to build my knowledge through my Directed Lab! 

My previous experience includes working as a camp counsellor for typically developing children and volunteering at H’Art School (a school for adults with intellectual disabilities). Both opportunities, along with developmental psychology classes at Queen’s, have sparked my interest in atypical development. In the future, I plan to work as an Occupational Therapist and hopefully assist in increasing the quality of life for these individuals. 

When I am not doing schoolwork I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, and drinking enormous amounts of tea!! 

Jessica Ho


I am a third year Bachelor of Arts and Concurrent Education student majoring in Psychology. My current plan is to become a teacher; perhaps a special education teacher specifically. Naturally, I am interested in investigating teaching strategies that may be effective in helping all students, and special needs students in particular, to succeed in school. Working with children makes me very happy and I love volunteering in schools and for after-school programs. This is my first time being in a lab and I am excited to be exposed to the research process and to learn more about current ASD research.

Marina Jiujias

I'm currently in my fourth year at Queen's completing a BAH in Psychology with a minor in English. This is my second year volunteering in the ASD lab and I can't wait to do a special directed with the lab for my last semester at Queen's! An interest that has only been further peaked through working in the lab is the assessment and testing of children with developmental delays; this interest may be a jumping off point for developing my paper next semester.

In addition to working with the lab, I have also worked an AMS job in my second and third year and have thoroughly enjoyed taking dance classes through QDC throughout my entire time at Queen's. When I'm not on campus (which is rare), I'm a big fan of reading and taking full advantage of my Netflix account. Favourite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, hands down. Any kind. If you have it, I'll eat it!

Kathryn Richards


I am currently in my fourth year at Queen's and am working towards a BSCH in Psychology. I love working with child and adults with developmental disabilities. I spent the past summer working as a therapeutic worker at the Autism Resource Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. I have also worked for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council facilitating programs for children and young adult with cognitive and physical disabilities.  At Queen's, I am the past co-chair of our Best Buddies chapter, and this year am excited to be one of the co-ordinators of the Peer Support Centre. I enjoy travelling, meeting new people, and watching an episode or two of Grey's Anatomy. I'm excited to be a Directed Lab student and can't wait to learn more about developmental psychology this semester!


Laurel Dault
Laura O'Connell 
Elena Ladwig 
Joshua Litwin
Joanne Sadler
Irina Badescu
Ellen Drumm
Christine Javier
Emily Mackenzie
Rachel Leung
Cathryn Schroeder
Laura Goodman
Leslie Haberl
Vivian Lee
Vanessa P. Reinhardt
Heather Woltman 


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Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier, PhD (Infant Cognition Group) 
Dr. Kang Lee, PhD
Dr. Mark Sabbagh, PhD (Early Experience Lab)
Dr. Daryl Wilson, PhD (Attention Lab)
Dr. James Raynolds, PhD
Dr. Doug Munoz, PhD
Kristen Dunfield, PhD
Sevda Bahtiyar, MA
Tess Clifford, MA

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