ELLA Team – 2018


Portrait Henderson_Science_Staff_013_highDr. 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]


Lab Coordinator

 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.


Research Fellows

Dr. Henry Dixson

Henry’s research interests include prosocial behaviour, punitive sentiment and theory of mind. He specialises in studying these phenomena with children from different cultural backgrounds.




Dr. Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini

Siobhan’s research interests lie broadly in the field of developmental psychology with a particular focus on infancy and early childhood. She is especially interested in babies and infants early social development in the context of the parent-infant relationship.




Dr. Rachel Low

Rachel’s research looks at emotion regulation in the context of close personal relationships. Her current project examines family resilience and well-being and how conflict affects successful family functioning.


PhD Students

Caitlin McRae

Caitlin’s research aims to investigate family coparenting following conflict and how children develop resilience and emotional well-being in these contexts.




Nichole Breeland

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.




HediehHedieh Tavazo

 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.



Kieron Mottley 

Keiron is investigating self-recognition and self-regulation in the New Caledonian crow and human infants.




Research Assistants

IMG_09222Chloe Moore

Chloe completed her Honours Degree in Psychology in 2014, and has since managed the centre while assisting in research both within ELLA and the wider School of Psychology. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters Degree in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is helping to run our studies in cooperation and language on a part-time basis.



Kristina Wolsey

Kristina completed her Honours in Psychology in 2016 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Psychology  in Applied Behavioural Analysis. She assists in the Early Learning Lab by helping to run our cooperation and second-language learning studies.



Imogen Nock

Imogen assists in the Early Learning Lab by helping to run our cooperation studies.




 Honours Students

Beth Graham

Beth is completing her Honours degree this year, focusing her research on the ELLA cooperation studies.




Mariam Karhiy

Mariam is completing her Honours degree this year, also focusing her research on the ELLA cooperation studies.




Sam Morriss

Sam is completing her Honours degree this year, focusing her research on ELLA’s parent-infant interaction studies. Sam is also a Research Assistant in the Early Learning Lab and assists in running our cooperation studies.



Third Year Research Students

Moya McCarthy

ELLA Volunteers                             

Ameisha Nand

Caitlin Dodd

Christen Hinlo

Elise Mockett

Jayde Kelly

Justin Wong

Neil Lindsay

Olivia Brook

Rodolfo Villanueva

Sasha Cuthbert

Sophie Baguley