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Queen's University
 

Culture and Cognition Lab
People in the Lab

People in the Lab - 2014-2015

I am very fortunate to have a group of bright and dedicated students working with me. Currently three graduate students are working in my lab. I plan to take on one more graduate student in 2014. I will consider both domestic and outstanding international applicants. In addition, there are many undergraduate students working in my lab as volunteer research assistants.

 

Lab Coordinator:

Samantha Drover

Samantha Drover

Email: 7sd24@queensu.ca

 

I completed my Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology at Queen’s University, and will be pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology in the future. This is my first year in the Culture and Cognition Lab as the Lab Coordinator. Some of my interests outside of academics include playing piano and guitar, yoga, hiking, and reading.

Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Sieun An

Sieun An

Email: sa139@queensu.ca

 

I am originally from S. Korea, and moved to the US for my higher education. I earned a B.A. from SUNY Albany in Psychology (minor: Sociology), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in Experimental Psychology.

 

Area of research: My two main research interests are general social cognition and emotion (particularly how people conceptualize emotion), and I like to research them from a cross-cultural perspective. When time allows, I love going to art museums, botanical gardens, and classical concerts; it gives me time to refresh myself, helps me think, and often gives me a new perspective on the topics in which I am interested.

PhD Students:

Faizan Imtiaz

Faizan Imtiaz

Email: 0fi4@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a 1st year PhD Student in the department of Psychology at Queen's University. I am interested in examining how individuals' cultural backgrounds and past experiences shape their current decision making and perspectives on life. Specific topics which draw my interest include resilience, one's outlook on the future, as well as performance psychology and organization behaviour. In my spare time, I love to play sports, read, and spend time with my family and friends.

Ning Zhang

Ning Zhang

Email: 0nz10@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a second year Ph.D student at the culture and cognition lab. My interests in psychology dated back to my undergraduate study in humanities at Wuhan University. I am especially interested in the role of culture in shaping people’s thinking and behavior. Currently, I am working on research projects focusing on the following topics: cultural differences in decision-making, moral judgment, and subjective well-being. In my spare time, I like listening to classic music, photographing and learning about different cultures through reading and travelling.

Masters Students:

Mark Khei

Mark Khei

Email: 12zamk1@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am currently a 2nd year Masters student with Dr. Ji at Queen's University. Broadly, I'm interested in understanding the influence of culture and social environments in people's decision making. I adopt a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to my research, drawing upon both diverse theories and methods from fields such as social psychology, behavioral economics, and the evolutionary perspective. When time permits, I dedicate my time to literature and the creative process, penning proses, and short stories.

Suhui Yap

Suhui Yap

Email: suhui.yap@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I majored in Psychology and a minor in Business. After graduating, I worked as a behavioural therapist for children with ASD for 2 and a half years. I am generally interested to learn more about the interactions between various aspects of social cognitive developments, their influence on children's social developments, and individuals' day-to-day social relationships. Currently, I am a 1st year Msc student, working with Prof Ji in Queen's U. When I have time, I dabble in novel readings, wine appreciation and yoga


Undergraduate Students:

Katie Bowles 

Katie Bowles

Email: 12kb61@queensu.ca

 

Area of Research: I am a second year psychology major, and this is my first year working at the Culture and Cognition Lab as a research assistant. I am interested in how different cultures affect the decisiveness of an individual and their global or local focusing skills. I am additionally interested in developmental psychology and am excited to apply the knowledge from the lab intersectionally with this discipline. After I graduate, I intend to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. My hobbies include cooking, cycling and playing music.

Darcie Drew

Darcie Drew

Email: 1dd@queensu.ca

 

Area of Research: I'm a fourth year psychology major, and this is my third year in the lab. I am very interested in social and developmental psychology as well as comparative cognition. I am particularly interested in the ways that our culture and environment affect our brains and behavior. After this year I plan on traveling, then pursuing a degree in teaching or curriculum studies. In my spare time I enjoy reading, drinking tea, swing dancing, and attempting to teach tricks to my betta fish.

Si Yan Jing

Si Yan Jing

Email: 9syj@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a fourth year Psychology major student. This is my third year working in the Culture and Cognition lab. I have a wide range of interests in psychology, which primarily focuses on social psychology and mechanisms of thought processes. I hope to pursue a career in psychology in the future. I like reading, writing, music, and Chinese culture.

Melissa Kang

Melissa Kang

Email: 11mk76@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I’m a third year student in Concurrent Education and am currently enrolled in the Biology/Psychology (SSP). My interests pertain mainly to education and how people learn, think and are motivated. Differences in thinking across various cultures, especially the Chinese culture, (as it is something inherently tied to my own background) has stimulated me to be a part of this lab. I plan on applying my experiences in this lab to my teaching practices in the future. Apart from my academics, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my wonderfully supportive network of family and friends I have made here at Queen’s

Betty Li

Betty Li

Email: 11brl2@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a third year Life Science student and this is my second year working in the Culture and Cognition Lab. I am interested in how different cultural environments influence both cognition processes and social behaviours. Working in the lab this past year has allowed me to experience and appreciate some of the processes of studying these cultural research topics. After graduating, I plan to attend medical school and pursue a career in neuroscience or psychiatry. Outside of my academics, I enjoy sketching, playing music and travelling.

Stella Moon

Stella Moon

Email: 1sym1@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a fourth year Psychology major and English minor. This is my third year in the lab and I will be working on my thesis project for the year. I am particularly interested in the influence of cultural differences on social behaviours and consumer behaviours. As a thesis student this year, I hope to gain more extensive research experience and contribute my knowledge to the lab. Also, I am volunteering as a peer mentor for the first year students that are interested in pursuing a psychology degree. After completing my undergraduate degree, I hope to work as a research assistant.

Feiyang Pan

Feiyang Pan

Email: 0fyp@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a fourth year Psychology major with a Biology minor. This is my third year working at the lab. I am particularly interested in how cognition varies in different cultures and how that can affect our behaviour and decision making. In the future I hope to pursue a career in medicine or neuroscience. I enjoy swimming, running and cooking during my off time.

Lindsay Rideout

Lindsay Rideout

Email: lindsay.rideout@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a second year Psychology major in the Certificate in Business program. This is my first year working in the lab. I am interested in how cognition varies across cultures in social psychology, and psychological disorders in abnormal psychology. After I finish my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue a career in social work. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with the homeless, playing sports, and travelling.

Debra Torok

Debra Torok

Email: 0dmt2@queensu.ca

 

Area of research: I am a fourth year psychology major and this is my first year in the lab, where I will be working on my undergraduate thesis. I have a keen interest in social psychology and mental health. Once I finish my degree, I am interested in gaining international work experience as well as pursuing a career either in counseling or clinical psychology. I love to travel, explore different cultures, play with puppies, and drink tea and coffee.

 

Former Graduate Students

Albert Lee, PhD (2013)

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore

Roy Spina, PhD (2009)

Senior Lecturer (equivalent to associate professor), University of Chichester (U.K.) 

Tieyuan Guo, PhD (2008)

Assistant Professor, University of Macau (China)

Deanna Messervey, PhD (2008)

Research Scientist, Defense Research and Development Canada, Ottawa

Lindsay Schaefer, MS (2010)

Settlement Worker In the Schools Coordinator, Association for New Canadians, St. Johns

 

Former Undergraduate Students

Kelly Huang (2014)

Nursing program at University of Toronto

Melissa Lucas (2014)

Graduate student in Biology at Western University

Marissa Walter (2014)

MBA student at Dalhousie University

Jennifer Zhang (2014)

Medical School at Western University

Carly Parsons (2013)

Graduate student in psychology at UBC

Kelsey Jacobson (2013)

Master student (in Theatre), University of London, UK

Sam Rosenbaum (2013)

Proctor and Gamble

Gillian Harper (2012)

Graduate student at Adler School of Professional Psychology

Kayla McGeorge (2012)

Graduate student in counseling psychology, University of Toronto

Taryn Mototsune (2012)

Graduate student in counseling psychology, University of Western Ontario

Jovian Wat, B.S. (2011)

Graduate student at UBC.

Mike Best, B.S. (2011)

Graduate student in clinical psychology at Queen’s

Victoria Chen, B.S. (2011)

Graduate student at McGill University

Matt McAdam, B.S. (2010) 

Teaching English and French in Japan 

Mark Daubaras, B.S. (2010) 

PhD student at McGill University

Michelle Tong, B.S. (2010) 

PhD student at Cornell University

Chris Humphries, B.S. (2009)

MBA from Dalhousie University, on his way to being a successful entrepreneur 

Claudia Tsui, B.S. (2009) 

MA in psychology from Queen’s University, heading to Medical school

Chloe Lei, B.S. (2007) 

Master of Information at U of T 

Connie Fan, B.S. (2006) 

MA in Journalism from Ryerson University 

Robyn Saaltink, B.AH. (2005) 

MA student in child and youth studies at Brock University 

Kristy Holmes, B.S. (2003) 

Received Master’s degree from Queen’s Business School, working at a consulting firm now 

Esther Usborne, B.S. (2003) 

PhD from McGill University 

 

If you don’t see your name here or would like to send me an update, I’ll be more than happy to hear from you.

 

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