Research Team

Adolescent Dynamics Lab 2020-2021

Top Row (left to right): Megan Wylie, Tom Hollenstein, Ashley Patterson

Middle Row (left to right): Katie Faulkner, Devyn Whitaker, Ashley Thompson

Bottom Row (left to right): CeCe Li, Anjalika Khanna Roy, Vanessa Martin

Not Pictured: Alexandra Tighe

Current MSc/PhD Students 

Tiffany Tsui
Current Year:

Research Interests: I am interested in socioemotional development, emotion regulation, and internalizing disorders across childhood and adolescence. My dissertation examines how interpersonal emotion dynamics are associated with well-being in adolescent peer relationships, as well as potential moderating influences of this relation.

Alexandra Tighe
Current Year:

Research Interests: I am interested in socioemotional development across childhood and adolescence. In particular, I am interested in the study of flexibility in emotion regulation and its impact on adolescent development.

Megan Wylie
Current Year: PhD1

Research Interests: I am interested in the development of the emotion regulation skill of expressive suppression. In particular, I will examine differences in when it is adaptive and how it occurs in naturalistic and day-to-day circumstances.

Vanessa Martin
Current Year:

Research Interests: I have many interests that center around the emotional identities of youth and how these are shaped by parental socialization processes. I am working on developing a coding system to capture key aspects of emotion coaching and other behaviors during parent-child interactions.

Project Coordinator: Ashley Patterson

Current Research Assistants

  • CeCe Li
  • Katie Faulkner


Postdoc Students


Tyler Colasante


MSc/PhD Students 

Vanessa Schell
Vanessa completed her PhD dissertation "The role of avoidance and stress in understanding emotional dysfunction in adults and adolescents with a fixed emotion mindset" in 2020.

Kalee De France
Kalee completed her PhD dissertation "Emotion Regulation Success and Strategy Choice During Adolescence" in 2019. She is now completing a postdoc at Concordia University.

Jessica Lougheed
Jess completed her PhD dissertation "Interpersonal Emotion Dynamics in Mother-Daughter Dyads during Adolescence" in 2016. She completed a Banting postdoc under the supervision of Pamela Cole and Nilam Ram at the Pennsylvania State University. Jess is now an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in Okanagan.

Dianna Lanteigne
Dianna completed her PhD dissertation "Emotion Regulation in Adolescence: A Mechanism in the Development of Internalizing Symptoms" in 2015. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in clinical psychology at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and she now runs her own clinic, Hansen & Lanteigne Pembroke Psychological Services.

Alex Irwin
Alex ‘Peeps’ Irwin completed her Master’s thesis titled “Emotion Recognition in Youth Chronically Victimized by their Peers” in 2014. She is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the “Child Self-Regulation Lab" at Ryerson University.

Jennifer Eastabrook
Jennifer completed her PhD "Emotional Awareness and Alexithymia: Emotional Processing and Regulation in Adolescence" in the Adolescent Dynamics Lab in 2013. Jennifer is now an Assistant Professor at Trent University in the Department of Psychology

Lindsay Lavictoire
Lindsay completed her MSc project "Affective Dynamics of Rejected Children in Triadic Peer Interactions in Early Childhood" in 2010.

Jessica Flynn
Jess completed her MSc project "The Relation between Emotional Acceptance and Emotion Regulation in Adolescent Girls" in 2009. Jess is currently a clinical psychologist at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment, offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments for complex mood and anxiety disorders across development.

Undergraduate Thesis Projects

Ashley Thompson (2021): Examining potential pre-existing predictors of adolescent anxiety changes during the Covid-19 pandemic

Devyn Whitaker (2021): Effects of Emotion-Related Digital Habits on Adolescent Mental Health Across the Covid-19 Pandemic

Amanda Semke (2020): Examining Emotion Dysregulation as a Vulnerability Factor in a Diathesis-Stress Model of Depressive Symptoms across Adolescence

Anjalika Khanna Roy (2020): Trait Anxiety and Emotion Mindset as Predictors of Strategies for the Successful Regulation of State Anxiety

Lauren Lin (2019): Support Through Screens? Examining Digital and In-person Emotional Support and Emotion Regulation

Romina Vitaver (2019): Emotion Suppression in Naturalistic Interactions: Associations with Psychosocial Functioning in Best Friend Dyads

Nicole Stephenson (2019): The Convergence of Emotional Distress in Mother-Daughter Dyads

Lily Kittur (2018): The Relationship between Emotion Regulation Repertoires and Relationship Quality in Adolescent Best Friend Dyads. Winner of the W.R Thompson Prize in Psychology and the CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence!

Abbey Lee Hallett (2018): Does Social Avoidance Explain the Relation Between Implicit Theories of Emotion and Psychosocial Functioning? An Examination of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Effects in Adolescence.

Ellen Jopling (2017): Investigating the Relationship Between Self-Conscious Affect and Symptoms of Anxiety in the Context of a Video Game Intervention

Victoria Jin (2017): Emotion Regulation and Implicit Theories of Emotion during Adolescence

Sarah Alati (2015): Affective Empathy, Emotion Regulation and Relationship Quality as Predictors of Adolescents' Negative Emotionality in Mother-Daughter Interactions

Andrew Sherman (2015): Avoidance and Engagement During a Video Game Designed to Reduce Children's Anxiety

Tanya Tran (2015): Maternal Emotion Coaching in Positive and Negative Interactions: Individual Differences and Psychosocial Outcomes

Lorinda Bruinsma (2014): Effects of Physical Proximity on Emotion Co-Regulation in Mother-Daughter Dyads 

Brittany Killer (2014): Psychophysiological Responses to Peer Victimization: Differences between Victimized and Nonvictimized Children and Adolescents

Casey Fulford (2013): Socialization Experiences in Relation to State Shame and Trait Shame

Tanya Lai (2013): Effect of Suppression on Emotional Expression, Experience and Arousal 

Genna Pearce (2013): Rumination and Aggression as Gender-Specific Mediators of Changes in Social Anxiety Across Adolescence

Alexandra Ruddy (2013): Depressive Symptoms and Emotion Regulation Difficulties as Predictors of Risk-Taking Behaviour and Perception in Adolescence

Liz Brown (2011): Shame as Mediator between Involvement in Bullying and Internalizing Disorders

Allison Rinne (2011): Interpretations of Situational and Emotional Cues as Predictors of Emotional Reactions Following Peer Victimization  

Adrian McNeely (2010): Cardiac Indices of Mood Symptoms and Age-Related Differences in Female Adolescents

Shannon Cluett (2010): Differences in Coping Strategies and Emotion Regulation Associated with Alexithymia 

Hanna Perry (2009): Associations between Emotion Regulation and Internalizing Symptoms in Adolescent Girls and their Mothers

Julie Gerrits
Julie completed her honours thesis "Individual Differences and Changes in Mother-Daughter Conflict Across Early Adolescence". Julie went on to complete her Masters in Counseling Psychology, focusing on the relationships among family systems factors (i.e., parental stress and family functioning) and youth's residential treatment outcomes at the University of Western Ontario.

Sera DeRubeis
Sera completed her honours thesis "Individual Differences in Shame and Depressive Symptoms across the Adolescent Transition". Sera went on to complete a Master's degree in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Dr. Isabela Granic of the Hospital for Sick Children, she investigated how changes in parenting behaviours influence treatment outcomes for aggressive youth.  

Sarah Somerton
Sarah completed her undergraduate honours thesis "The Impact of the Interaction of Adolescent Inhibition and Family Expressiveness on Behaviour Problem Outcomes" in 2008.

Jenny Glozman
Jenny completed her undergraduate honours thesis "Self-conscious Affect in Adolescence: Observed Behaviour and Relations to Depression" in 2008.

Archived Photos

Adolescent Dynamics Lab 2019-2020

Front Row (left to right): Rachel Wax, Ashley Thompson, Amanda Semke, Emily Keyes, Holly Mcdougall, Anjalika Khanna Roy, Megan Wylie, Tiffany Tsui, Alexandra Tighe, Tyler Colasante, Vanessa Martin, Sarah Sevier, and Emily Teves

Back Row (left to right): Tom Hollenstein, Sierra McNulty, Owen Hicks, Ashley Patterson, Ashley Filion, Abby Ross, Maddie Gravelle, Katie Faulkner, Chloe Dimerman, Ragini Singh, and Rachael Tontodonati

Not Pictured: Vanessa Schell, Kalee De France, Erica Johnston, Ariana Bujold, Gabi Stefou, Stephanie Zhang, Bruno Carusi, Megan Rowe, and CeCe Li

Adolescent Dynamics Lab 2018-2019

Front Row (left to right): Emily Teves, Romina Vitaver, Megan Wylie, Tiffany Tsui, Orly Lipsitz, Lauren Lin, Samantha Jones, Amanda Semke, Nicole Stephenson, Melanie Simourd, Dr. Tom Hollenstein

Back row (left to right): Devon Widrig, Taylor De Souza, Owen Hicks, Ashley Patterson, Chloe Dimerman, Megan Rowe, Charlotte Driscoll, Avery Bailey, Altaya Abbaglivo, Abigail Ross 

Not pictured: Emily Keyes, Jenny Liao Su, Kaitlin Derbyshire, Kalee DeFrance, Quincy Hanna, Shoshanna Paperny, Vanessa Schell

Adolescent Dynamics Lab 2017-2018

Front Row: Jasmine Yeung, Amanda Semke, Rachel MAcDonald, Cassy Liu, Kenzie Bender, Sally Liu, Samantha Jones, Alexandra Tighe, Tiffany Tsui

Back row: Owen Hicks, Abbey Lee Hallett, Alison Carney, Tom Hollenstein, Claire Savas, Vivian Kwok, Jasmine Katz, Emily Keyes

Adolescent Dynamics Lab 2016-2017

Back row (L to R): Larissa Miller, Victoria Jin, Stephanie Cheung, Eden Gelgoot, Vivian Kwok, Lily Kittur, Samantha Jones, Emily Sanders, Simona Ristic

Front row (L to R): Tom Hollenstein, Vanessa Schell, Alexandra Tighe, Ellen Jopling, Renee Robertson, Tiffany Tsui, Celeste Agard, Alison Cupido, Chelsea Wood-Ross, Kristina McDavid, Romina Vitaver, Lauren Lin, Kelsey Rozema

Not pictured: Kalee De France,  Ashley Lam, Kay Wu

Adolescent Dynamics Lab 2015-2016

Back Row (L to R): Michael Wright, Andrea Ianni, Natalie Brown, Jessica Wilfong, Jessica Bullett, Nora Fenton, Ellen Jopling, Vanessa Tombolini, Hannah Eisenberg, Stephanie Cheung
Front Row (L to R): Tom Hollenstein, Kalee De France, Tiffany Tsui, Meaghan Gray-Frankling, Kate Jackson, Natasha Williot, Simona Ristic, Lauren Brandys, Jenna Reeve, Gabrielle Gravesande, Kenzie Bender
Not Pictured: Dianna Lanteigne, Jessica Lougheed, Samantha Goldsmith, Sarah Greco, Sara Bocchinfuso, Natasha Bowman, Catherine Schroeder, Madi Perrett, Camille Charbonneau