ELLA Team – 2020
Dr. Annette M. E. Henderson
Annette joined the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland as a Lecturer in August 2009. She is now proud to be the Director of this thriving research group! [Read More]
Dr. Angela Carr
Angela earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Auckland, School of Psychology before completing her PhD (in Criminology/Psychology) at Bond University in Australia. She has applied these skills across a range of roles in the public, not-for-profit, academic and private sectors in both New Zealand and Australia. Angela helps with the day-to-day running of the Early Learning Lab and assists with recruitment and participant management.
Jess has a background in education and psychology. Her research interests lay broadly in the area of social development, especially the way in which parenting and aspects of the child (such as temperament) work together to support young children’s growing ability to help and cooperate with others. She is currently working on the seventh and eighth phases of ELLa’s long-term cooperation study.
Alecia’s research interests lay in the area of cognitive development in infancy and early childhood, and she has been primarily interested in investigating infant’s visual attention and learning from screen media. Her current research examines parent-infant interactions across digital and live interactive contexts.
Nichole’s research focuses on how parents influence children’s social development. Her PhD research examines parental personality factors and their effect on children’s prosociality.
Sina’s research focuses on the development of prosocial emotions across early childhood. Precisely, how positive emotions motivate children to maintain and repair social relationships, and whether individual differences may be due to factors such as parenting style or temperament. She is currently working on the seventh and eighth phases of ELLa’s long-term cooperation study.
Caitlin’s research aims to investigate family coparenting following conflict and how children develop resilience and emotional well-being in these contexts.
Hedieh’s research interests lie in parent-child interactions and how those from different cultural backgrounds engage with their children. In particular, she is studying the approaches New Zealand and Iranian parents use to teach their children during cooperative and non-cooperative tasks.
Brian’s research aims to investigate the relationship between temperament, affective empathy, and prosocial behavior in economic games. He is also examining the degree to which temperament and empathy may influence in-group bias in early life.
Debbie has a background in primary education and is interested in how young children develop empathy. Her research aims to understand how empathy is correlated with the theory of mind concepts and how it affects children’s prosocial behaviors.
Simran completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology in 2019. Her honours research project with ELLA focuses on how early social-cognitive factors such as joint attention, imitation and self-other language may predict cooperation.
Samantha completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology in 2018 before taking a year and a half off to work in Early Childhood Education. She is currently completing her honours year with ELLA looking at maternal responsiveness and early childhood cooperation.
Kristina completed her Honours in Psychology in 2016 and her Masters of Psychology in Applied Behavioural Analysis in 2019. She assists in the Early Learning Lab by helping to run our cooperation and second-language learning studies.
After completing her Honours thesis with ELLA in late 2018, Sam is also working on ELLA’s parent-infant interaction study helping to model infant and parent behaviour.
Third Year Research Students
Moya McCarthy 2018
2018/2019 Summer Research Scholars