Our Team

LAB DIRECTOR

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Alia Martin is the director of the Infant and Child Cognition Lab and lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Martin received her PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University, and her research focuses on how infants and children understand and learn about the social world. Outside the lab and the classroom, she enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and discovering new restaurants.

LAB COORDINATOR

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Mary Beth Neff is the manager of the Infant and Child Cognition Lab. Mary Beth completed her Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) at VUW in 2016 after previously earning her Master of Peace and Conflict Research from the University of Basel, Switzerland. She aspires to pursue a PhD in Psychology and in her free time she enjoys baking Zopf and hiking with her Bernese Mountain dog, Fela.

RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR

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Laurel Keats completed her BSc with Honours in Psychology in 2016 and has since been working as a tutor for a variety of undergraduate psychology papers. She intends to pursue further postgraduate study next year and has a keen interest in the developmental and clinical fields. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors for a walk or into her vegetable garden and being at home with her two children.

PHD STUDENTS

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Claudie Peloquin completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Québec University of Montreal, Canada in 2015. She recently moved to New Zealand to earn her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Jason Low and Dr. Alia Martin at VUW. Her research focuses on children’s Theory of Mind and perspective taking abilities. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, and skiing!
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Laura Anderson completed her BSc with Honours in Psychology in 2017 and is our lab’s newest PhD candidate. Her research focuses on what 2- to 7-year-old children understand about knowledge, and how we can use knowledge to better communicate with others. When she is not doing research, Laura enjoys playing music and being in the sunshine. 

HONOURS STUDENT

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Michaela Dresel is currently working on her BA, majoring in Psychology, with minors in Theatre and New Zealand Sign Language. Her current goal after graduating is to continue with postgraduate work in developmental psychology, with a particular focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and performing poetry, baking, watching Disney movies, and reading.

RESEARCH PROJECT STUDENTS

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Abbey Hooper is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science, with a double major in Biology and Psychology. She is planning to complete a post graduate degree in audiology and aspires to be a pediatric audiologist. In her spare time Abbey enjoys catching up with friends, walking her dog, and exploring Wellington.
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Liam Crowley is currently working on his BA, majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Liam is aiming towards postgraduate study in Psychology, with the ultimate goal of one day balancing a clinical practice and research career. When he’s not studying, you may find him tending bar at the Southern Cross and slowly but surely teaching himself how to shoot like Curry at Vic’s Rec Centre. 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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Brooke Armstrong is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Science, majoring in psychology and minoring in management. She endeavours to pursue psychology at the postgraduate level. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and won’t pass up a good book, documentary, or running trail.
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Charlotte Anderson-McEwen is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. In the future she plans to continue studying psychology at the postgraduate level, focusing on clinical, developmental or educational psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching films, reading, and travelling.
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Ella Childs is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and Cell and Molecular Bioscience. She plans to continue with both Psychology and Biology at the postgraduate level and is interested in how the two disciplines relate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and working at her part-time job teaching young children how to swim.
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Hannah Davies is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Business. In the future she intends to continue developmental psychology at a postgraduate level, and also has an interest in business psychology and cultural psychology. In her spare time she loves to ski, eat, go on road trips, travel, and de-stress with friends and family. 
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Jamie Gannaway is currently working towards a BSc, majoring in Psychology. He has a keen interest in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and intends to continue pursuing psychology at the postgraduate level.  In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, running, meditating, watching TV/movies, and playing video-games.
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Jessica Hawthorne is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Linguistics, as well as minoring in Criminology. She intends to continue with both Psychology and Linguistics at the postgraduate level, looking specifically at how they interrelate. In her free time, she enjoys socializing with friends, reading, watching TV, and spending time with her family.

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Sophie Hunter is currently working towards a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Psychology and Management. In the future she intends to continue studying psychology at a postgraduate level with a particular interest in clinical, developmental, or educational psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, eating good food, exercising, being outdoors, and travelling. 
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Sue-Anna McGill is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education and Psychology. She is considering pursuing postgraduate study in this field with particular interest in abnormal psychology and child developmental disorders. While not studying, Sue-Anna works as a nanny and enjoys baking, hiking, and reading. 

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