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DPE Faculty who are Accepting Students for 2022-2023


Faculty Name

Research Interests

Anne Claude Bedard

Dr. Anne-Caude Bedard

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperacticity Disorder (ADHD); pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions; cognitive function; neurodevelopment.
Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos

Dr. Becky Chen

Development of language and literacy skills in children enrolled in French immersion programs:

  • Cross-language transfer between English (L1) and French (2)
  • Performance of English language learners (trilinguals) in French immersion
  • Early identification of reading difficulties and reading interventions for French immersion children
  • Poor reading comprehension in French immersion children

Language, literacy and well-being in Arabic-speaking and Syrian refugee children:

  • Development of English and maintenance of Arabic skills
  • Contributions of demographic factors (e.g., SES, parent language, home language) to literacy development
  • Relationship among language, literacy and well-being

Dr. Todd Cunningham

Dr. Todd Cunningham

Lab website

  • Developing the Assistive Technology Selection Protocol to guide partners to identify the right technology
  • Academic interventions for student-aged child who have learning difficulties, particularly:
    • The selection of assistive technology to address academic skill deficits
    • Increasing the effectiveness of assistive technology
    • Development of learning profiles to better identify academic intervention

Dr. Michel Ferrari

Dr. Michel Ferrari

  • How personal identity develops in typical and atypical populations
  • Personal conscious experience, both in contemporary cognitive science and in the history of psychology
  • Personal wisdom in Canada, the USA, Serbia, Ukraine, India, and China
  • The importance of wisdom to the successful acculturation of immigrants and refugees to Canada

Patricia A Ganea

Dr. Patricia Ganea

Lab website

  • Early cognitive development
  • Young children's learning about the world through symbolic means, such as language, pictures, videos, and replica objects
  • Children's use of language to think and communicate about what is perceptually not present
  • The social, linguistic and representational factors that influence children’s learning about the world

Esther Geva

Dr. Esther Geva

Lab website

  • Development of literacy skills in children learning to read in a second language (L2)
  • The relations between oral and written language skills in L2 learners
  • Transfer issues in L2 literacy development
  • Cognitive and linguistic processes and predictors of normal and problematic literacy development in L2 children

Dr. Chole Hamza

Dr. Chloe Hamza


  • Promotion of mental health and well-being across the lifespan
  • Prevention of self-injurious behaviours (e.g., nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal behavior)
  • Identifying protective and risk factors for self-injury
  • Development of integrated mental health assessments to facilitate the early identification of students at risk for self-injury in schools and the larger community

Linda Iwenofu

Dr. Linda Iwenofu

  • Effective, culturally-responsive and empirically informed methods to intervene and disrupt pathways of risk for poor mental health and educational outcomes that are in part attributable to anti-Black racism and related forms of discrimination against racialized youth with a particular focus on Black Canadian, Caribbean and African children and youth in the Canadian context

Dr. Eunhee Eunice JangDr. Eunhee Eunice Jang

Lab website

  • Language assessment
  • Educational measurement
  • Program evaluation
  • Development of reading skills among K-12 school students from Grades 3 to 10
  • The effects of technology-rich learning environments on students' self-regulation, emotion, and cognitive development

Dr. Kaja Jansinska

Dr. Kaja Jasinska

  • Children’s language and cognitive development (executive functions, memory)
  • Literacy; including cross-linguistic comparisons, bilingualism and biliteracy
  • How experiences shape cognitive development; impacts of poverty and adversity on the brain
  • Neuroimaging techniques (fNIRS, fMRI) to understand neurodevelopment and learning
  • Global child development and education, mainly focusing on sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Jennifer Jenkins

Dr. Jennifer Jenkins


  • Emotion processes in children and in family life that help us to understand psychopathology in children
  • Child development, family systems and developmental psychopathology
  • Risk and resilience in child psychopathology (including within family differences in development)
  • Theory of mind and emotion

Kang LeeDr. Kang Lee

Lab website

  • Development of Moral Conceptions of Lying in Adolescents
  • Development of Face Processing Expertise
  • Neural Mechanisms of Face Processing in Children and Adults
  • Neural Mechanisms of Lying in Children and Adults

Dr. Rhonda MartinussenDr. Michal Perlman

Lab website

  • Assessing the quality of interactions between early childhood educators and children and between family members and children. Examining how these interactions impact children’s wellbeing.
  • Conceptualizing and assessing quality in early childhood education setting for quality improvement and oversight purposes. This involves studies that look at whether quality (e.g., the way that educators interact with children) is a child, educator, classroom or centre level characteristic.
  • Examining how education systems need to change to support children who will enter an evolving work landscape. This work involves integration of existing evidence in terms of what are the key future skills and government programs that can support the Canadian population to accommodate to changing demands. It also means integrating evidence on how to effectively teach key skills to young children as well as generating new evidence in this area.

Dr. Rick VolpeDr. Rick Volpe


  • The finding, casing, and evaluating of exemplary programs in the prevention of traumatic injury
  • The role of early intervention in a full local health integration network effort to prevent falls in later in life
  • Evaluation of province-wide investigations of a multiple hospital and community programs to prevent inflicted infant head trauma
  • The development of a public health initiative to prevent children's injuries
  • Design of safe non-risk adverse playgrounds for special needs children

Dr. Mark Wade

Dr. Mark Wade

  • Effects of childhood stress and adversity on cognitive development and mental health
  • Interaction between biological (genetic) and experiential (environmental) factors on development
  • Resiliency in the aftermath of adverse childhood experiences
  • Physiological, neural, cognitive, and socio-emotional pathways linking early adversity to mental health in childhood and adolescence
  • Biomedical and prenatal exposures and child development


Dr. EarlWoodruff
Dr. Earl Woodruff

  • Emotions and the development  of understanding
  • Emotions and the learning process
  • Technology and the psychology of play
  • Emotions and gaming