Research Team

Faculty


Christina Starmans

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Christina is interested in how children and adults reason about the social and moral world. Her research draws on methods and ideas from both philosophy and psychology to explore topics such as morality, free will, other minds, ownership, fairness, and knowledge. She completed her graduate and postdoctoral work at Yale University; before that, she was an undergraduate in Philosophy, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at the University of Waterloo.


Graduate Students


Inderpreet Gill

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Inderpreet is a PhD student in Psychology. She is interested in investigating the social-cognitive mechanisms underlying moral judgments and actions, and hopes to explore how infants and young children understand and respond to bullying behaviour. In her spare time, Inderpreet can be found exploring the city, swimming or binge-watching ‘The Office’.


Alexa Sacchi

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Alexa is a PhD student in Psychology. Before coming to U of T, she graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ with a BA in Psychology, and worked as a lab manager at Yale University. She is broadly interested in the social cognition of adults and children in the domains of morality, prosociality, altruism, and ownership. In her spare time, she loves going to concerts and trying new vegetarian restaurants.


Mia Radovanovic

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Mia is a PhD student in psychology working with Dr. Christina Starmans and Dr. Jessica Sommerville. Mia studies how children generate their own solutions to problems through independent exploration, and how social context affects this process. Her work in the StarLab looks at how children and adults reason about conformity and wealth. Outside of the lab, Mia can be found caring for her houseplants, playing Nintendo, and spending time with her dog (Penny).


Umang Khan

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Umang is a PhD student in Psychology, interested in how children reason about concepts such as possibility and morality, and how their reasoning compares to that of adults. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology. In her spare time, Umang enjoys binge-watching TV shows, listening to music, and thinking she’s really funny.





Undergraduate Students


Morgan Garland

Morgan is a third year undergraduate student, majoring in psychology and physiology. She is interested in developmental and clinical psychology and how development affects future mental health. In her spare time, she can be found figure skating, teaching children how to skate, horseback riding, and reading.



Jeanne Polochansky

Jeanne is a second-year psychology specialist student. She aspires to become a behavioural researcher with a focus on the developmental field and aspects such as morality, creativity, and emotion. Outside of the lab she’s a reader, an editor, a van Gogh enthusiast, and a sixteen-time published writer and poet who also enjoys helping kids get more involved in the arts.


Sol Park

Sol is a second-year specialist in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology specialist and minor in psychology. She is interested in developmental psychology and mental well-being! She loves working with kids and has lots of experience working with kids from being a teacher at her local Korean School to a receptionist at a mental wellness clinic. Outside of the lab, she loves to cheer, journal, stretch, watch TV with her family, and nap!


Akshara Kumar

Akshara is a third-year psychology specialist, minoring in biology. She has been interested in developmental psychology ever since her mother told her stories about her days as a child psychology student. She is interested to find out how decision-making changes as we grow and how emotions and moral judgment influence these changes. In her spare time, you can find her binging international shows like k-dramas and animes. To lessen her guilt, she justifies her time wasted by learning foreign languages like Korean and Japanese!


Arla Dakli

Arla is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and human biology. She is interested in many different aspects of psychology, especially how individual differences, caused partly by environmental factors, can result in specific outcomes within developmental psychology. Arla loves working with kids, and would like to eventually work as a psychiatrist for children and youth. Outside of school, she is involved in athletics, community engagement, sketching and drawing, and spending time with family and friends.


Rebecca Weinman

Rebekah is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and global health. She is interested in developmental and clinical psychology. In her spare time Rebekah can be found reading, watching movies, exploring the city, and spending time with her friends and family.


Jaime Sit

Jaime is a third year undergraduate student double majoring in global health and biology, with a minor in psychology. She is especially interested in development psychology and how children perceive others and their actions. In her spare time, Jaime can be found reading, listening to music, swimming, and rewatching her favourite TV shows.


Wynnie Wang

Wynnie is a third-year undergraduate specializing in Psychology and minoring in Education and Society. Her research interest lies in developmental psychology, especially adolescents’ mental health situations in school circumstances related to issues like interpersonal relationships with family and friends and lovers, academic performance, and individual growth. In her spare time, she tutors and likes cooking, cycling, and exploring the city with friends.


Jessica Sah

Jessica is a second-year undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and neuroscience. She is interested in developmental psychology. She hopes to continue her studies into graduate school and work as a child psychologist. She loves working with kids from her experiences volunteering as a swim instructor, tutor, and summer camp leader. In her spare time, she is regularly found reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.


Brittany Cheng

Brittany is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Criminology and Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She wants to pursue forensic, clinical, or social psychology in the future. She is interested in moral and social cognition development, stereotypes, and prejudice. In her spare time, Brittany loves drawing, playing volleyball, learning languages, and exploring different parts of Toronto.


Ivy Nam

Ivy is a fourth-year undergraduate student specializing in psychology. She is particularly interested in developmental and industrial-organizational psychology, and how morality can affect behaviour. During her spare time, Ivy can be found baking new recipes, reading classic novels on her couch, and doing Pilates!



Lab Alumni


Melissa Finlay
Jasmine Amini
Rachel Ho
Sasha Arnett
Maia Jaffer-Diaz
Sikun Li
Julie Porrot
Amanda Abbasi
Daryna Skybina
Julia Espinosa
Anahid Nasafizadeh
Simonne Mastrella
Allison Zhou
Yolanda Yu
Brianna Wang
Kathy Du
Isabel Bowman
Philip Rajewicz