PhD Students

Nichole Breeland (PhD submitted in 2021)
Nichole’s research has focused on constructing an infant “cooperative phenotype” by identifying associations between two-year-olds’ cooperative understanding, ability, motivation, and social behaviours. Her favourite part about conducting research at ELLA has been creating cooperative games for studies and playing them with the participants and families. Nichole has accepted a position as a User Research Scientist at Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm in Phoenix, Arizona, where she will conduct usability testing for products such as virtual reality headsets.



Hedieh Tavazo (PhD submitted in 2021)
Hedieh’s research interests lie in parent-child interactions and how those from different cultural backgrounds engage with their children. In particular, she has studied the approaches New Zealand and Iranian parents use to teach their children during cooperative and non-cooperative tasks.





Dr. Rachel Low

Dr. Rachel Low is currently a Lecturer at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. Hers research looks at emotion regulation in the context of close personal relationships. One of her current projects examines family resilience and well-being and how conflict affects successful family functioning.






Dr Sweta Anantharaman (PhD, 2017).

Dr Sweta Anantharaman is currently a visiting fellow at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Studies, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and visiting faculty at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. Her current research focuses on studying embodied cognition and their outcomes on student learning.






Dr Ying Wang (PhD, 2016).

Dr. Ying Wang is currently a Lecturer at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on how children understand fairness and resource distribution.






Masters Students

Debbie Kwan (MSc, 2021)
Brian Croxford (MSc, 2021)
Livia MacPhedran (MSc, 2020)
Solyneth Hak (MSc, 2020)
Claudia Allen (MSc, 2018)
Inge Meinhardt (MSc, 2016)
Cindy Chong (MSc, 2016)
Ivan Bryce (MSc, 2015)
Fifi Zheng (MSc, 2015)
Lynda Crisford (MA, 2014)
Janine Lodge-Osborn (MA, 2012)
Ashleigh Saunders (MSc, 2011)
Jessica Scott (MSc, 2010)

Research Assistants

Chloe Moore (Lab Manager and Research Assistant, 2015-2018)

Cindy Chong (Research Assistant, 2017)
Josie Adams (Lab Manager and Research Assistant, 2014-2015)

Honours Students

Samantha Hancock-Gibb (Honours, 2021)
Miffy Christensen (Honours, 2019)
Mariam Karihy (Honours, 2018)
Sam Morriss (Honours, 2018)
Beth Graham (Honours, 2018)
Alexandra Bijl-Brown (Honours, 2017)
Agnes Teo (Honours, 2017)
Caitlin McRae (Honours, 2017)
Kelly Zhong (Honours, 2015)
Nikki Brighouse (Honours, 2015)
Chloe Moore (Honours, 2014)
Rebecca Westcott (Honours, 2013)
Biddy Macnamara (Honours, 2012)
Siying Liu (Honours, 2012)
Lisa Neilsen (Honours, 2011)
Karishma Bakshi (Honours, 2010)
Aqeela Mowjood (Honours, 2010)

Summer Scholarships

Meera Patel (Summer Scholar, 2018/19)
Briana Boele van Hensbroek (Summer Scholar, 2018/19)
Manuri Ranasinghe (Summer Scholar, 2017/18)
Moya McCarthy-Allen (Summer Scholar, 2017/18)
Sarah Gamman (Summer Scholar, 2014/15 and Research Assistant, 2016)
Jade Crawford (Summer Scholar, 2014/15)
Ivy Hunter (Summer Scholar, 2015/16)
Julia Plank (Summer Scholar, 2015/16)
Felicity Johnston (Summer Scholar, 2013/14)
Goldie Hamilton (Summer Scholar, 2013/14)
Josephine Orejana (Summer Scholar, 2012/13)
Madhawee Fernando (Summer Scholar, 2012/13)
uisa Silailai (Summer Scholar, 2011/12)
Joan Leung (Summer Scholar, 2011/12)
Vanessa Schell (Summer Scholar, 2011/12)

Visiting Students

Shelbie Willems (Intern from University of Arizona, 2017)
Gökhan Gönül (Visiting Graduate Student, 2015 / 2016)