© 2017 Wisdom and Identity Lab

Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

University of Toronto

MEET OUR LAB

Graduate Students
Jessica Carmichael, PhD Candidate

Program and Year:

PhD in School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP), 6th Year

 

Previous Education: 

MSc at the University of Calgary

Hons BA (Hons) at Laurentian University

Research Interests:

Jessica's interest lie within the field of child and adolescent mental health. Her dissertation research examines how factors present within the clinician (e.g., training, experience, personality) influence treatment outcomes for children and youth in psychotherapy.

 

Email:

jessica.carmichael@utoronto.ca

Melanie Munroe, PhD Candidate

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 5th Year

 

Previous Education: 

MA in DPE at OISE

Hons BA in Psychology at Brock University

Research Interests:

Melanie's research focus revolves around how individuals cope wisely with adversity. More specifically, her thesis looks at how meaning-making and various coping styles impact the relationship between post-traumatic growth and wisdom in emerging adults.

 

Email:

melanie.munroe@mail.utoronto.ca

Fatemeh Alhosseini, PhD Candidate

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 4th Year

Previous Education:

MA in DPE at OISE

BA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alzahra

 

Research Interests:

Fatemeh’s research is focused on exploring how some refugee adolescents adapt positively to their new environment, whereas others struggle to do so. In partnership with the Friendship in Action (FIA) organization, Fatemeh designed a narrative based workshop for refugee students, helping them build their life stories. Her research will also explore the effectiveness of narrative workshops on refugee students’ positive adaptation.

 

Email:

fatemeh.alhosseini@mail.utoronto.ca

Andrew Goodwin, PhD Student

Program and Year:

PhD in School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP), 3rd Year

Previous Education: 

MA in SCCP at OISE

Hons. BSc in Psychology at UofT

Research Interests:

Andrew's current research interests focus on three main areas:

1) Investigating the underlying processes and critical contributory factors involved in wisdom and identity development in young adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.

2) Investigating how values interact with wisdom and identity development to facilitate optimal outcomes for life, self, and others.

3) Utilizing person-centred methodologies to better understand the lives, experiences, perspectives, and developmental processes of individuals with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Email:

andrew.goodwin@utoronto.ca

Juensung Kim, PhD Student

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 3rd Year

 

Previous Education: 

MA in DPE at OISE

Hons BA in Cognitive Science at UofT

Research Interests:

Juensung studies wisdom, purpose, and meaning in life, especially how these things can be intentionally pursued through various practices and ways of life.

 

Email:

juensung.kim@mail.utoronto.ca

Harrison McNaughtan, MA Student

Program and Year:

MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP), 2nd Year

 

Previous Education: 

MA in DPE at OISE/UofT

Hons. BSc in Psychology at Queen's University

Research Interests:

Harrison's research focuses on adolescents and emerging adults with autism and their understanding of romance, romantic signalling, and consent.

 

Email:

h.mcnaughtan@mail.utoronto.ca

Nicole A. Sardella, PhD Student

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 2nd Year

 

Previous Education: 

MEd Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE/UofT

Hons. BA in Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Buddhism, Psychology, & Mental Health at UofT

Research Interests:

Nicole studies wisdom cultivation through the creative arts. Her research focuses on self-transcendence rendered by engagement in music.

 

Email:

nicole.sardella@mail.utoronto.ca

Sadaf Pour Iliaei, PhD Student

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 2nd Year

 

Previous Education: 

MA in Developmental Psychology at Concordia University

MSc in Cognitive Psychology at the Institute for Cognitive Science Studies, Tehran, Iran

BA in English Translation at Allameh Tabataba'ee University, Tehran, Iran

Research Interests:

Sadaf is interested in studying wisdom from a cultural perspective. Currently, she is collaborating on a project investigating different ways of wise life management among Iranian immigrants and Syrian refugees.

Email:

sadaf.pouriliaei@mail.utoronto.ca

Stephanie Morris, PhD Student

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 1st Year

 

Previous Education: 

Hons. BA in Psychology from Trent University

Research Interests:

Stephanie's research interest focus on how interacting with different stories influence the development of identity and our learning process.

Email:

stephanie.morris@mail.utoronto.ca

Zhe Feng, PhD Student

Program and Year:

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 1st Year

 

Previous Education: 

PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 1st Year

MEd Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE/UofT

BSc in Psychology (Mental Health Studies) at UTSC

Research Interests:

Zhe is interested in exploring the processes in meaning making with a cross-cultural perspective. She is currently studying the implicit conceptualizations of the wisdom in well-known historical figures. Zhe is also investigating the psychological and aesthetic characteristics of Chinese language and poetry.

Email:

zhe.feng@mail.utoronto.ca

Daniel An, MA Student

Program and Year:

MA in Developmental Psychology and Education (DPE), 1st Year

 

Previous Education: 

Hon BSc in Psychology at UofT

Research Interests:

Daniel is interested in studying the psychological experience of forgiveness, unconditional love, and agape. Currently, he is examining how adolescents and older adults across different religious groups would resolve societal problems such as murder and social inequality.  

Email:

daniel.an@mail.utoronto.ca

Volunteer Research Assistants

Arjun Hari

Asma Shamim

Khadeja Farooq

Elizabeth Chan

 

Claire Lung

Edith Krohmalnik

Hannah Cho

Kaitlynn Marrese

 

Kevin Tang

Kiana Habibagahi

Phillip Rajewicz

Yasseen Tasabehji