Lab Members

Congratulations to our recent graduates Kelly and Morgan!


Kelly Grannon

What did you study at UVic?

I completed my Bachelor of Science in psychology!

 What kind of research were you doing? 

As Dr. Lindsay’s honours student, my research focused on semantic structure and the reverse animacy effect found in paired-associate cued recall. This is a relatively novel finding and has been interesting to pursue!

Other research I’ve done in Lindsay’s Lab involves eyewitness memory. Specifically, I studied the use of sequential versus simultaneous lineups as well as the efficacy of having eyewitnesses rank-order suspects. The most recent research involves co-witness conformity, in which we examine whether the introduction of misinformation distorts the memory of an event

What is a valuable research practice you’ve learned during your time at UVic?

Through conducting replications with Dr. Lindsay, I’ve learned the importance of open science and the value of replication studies. Also, with research projects being restricted to online, I’ve improved my creativity and adaptability when faced with unforeseen obstacles.  

What are your plans for the future?

I’m taking a much needed gap year before moving on to graduate school. During this time, I will continue conducting research and I plan to improve my programming skills (e.g., R, Python), pick up my guitar, and expand my culinary skills beyond grilled cheese (hopefully)! 

On a more career relevant note, in the future I envision myself researching legal psychology and aiding in developing better policies for law enforcement when it comes to handling eyewitnesses and forms of questioning for at risk individuals. Extending further, I see myself aiding the legal system in developing effective and up to date policies.

Earning a master’s degree in psychology is the most important and anticipated goal on my path to becoming a respected researcher.



Morgan Biron

What did you study at UVic?

I undertook a BSc in Psychology with Honours, focusing on the mind and brain stream.

What kind of research were you doing?

The research I completed for my Honours thesis at the Lindsay Lab focused on investigative interviewing of cooperative eyewitnesses. Specifically, we developed a novel electronic version of the Cognitive Interview called the Electronic Self-Administered Cognitive Interview (or E-SACI for short!). During my gap year, I am hoping to continue collaborating on projects related to investigative interviewing and the further development of the E-SACI.

What is a valuable research practice you’ve learned during your time at UVic?

One of the most valuable research practices passed down to me was getting into the habit of keeping all my digital files well-organized and always having multiple redundant back-ups of files, something I think is especially important in the interest of open science to preserve digital data for future use and review.

What are your plans for the future?

After my COVID gap year, my plans are to pursue a masters degree in Psychology in England or Scotland. Following that, I have no set plans aside from my ultimate hope of continuing to contribute to research!



Current Lab members

Eric Mah
Eric completed his BA (Hons.) in Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and his MSc at UVic in the Lindsay Lab. He is currently in the 2nd year of his PhD in Cognition and Brain Sciences. His current research focuses on eyewitness memory, in particular eyewitness lineup measures and computational models of eyewitness lineup decision making. He is also interested in open science methods, Bayesian statistics, and data science.
Majd Hawily
Majd graduated with a BA in psychology (with distinction) from the Lebanese American University, supervised by Dr. Rudy Abi Habib. She spent a gap year working with special needs students within an emergency pedagogy program. She joined the lab in September 2021 with a sprouted interest in autobiographical memories.
Kaitlyn Fallow
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) in spring 2012 with a BSc in Biology and a BA in Psychology, having completed an Honours thesis on emotion and time perception under the supervision of Daniel Voyer. She joined the Lindsay Lab in 2012, where she has completed both her MSc (2014) and PhD (2021) and is now continuing her work on materials-based differences in recognition memory as a postdoc. She’s interested in signal detection theory, data analysis in general, and open science, including tools and policies for making research/analysis workflows more reproducible and accessible.
Eden Miller
“I am 4th year psychology student and joined the Lindsay lab team in September 2018 as a research assistant. I am really interested in the forensic psychology field and was excited to have the opportunity to be a part of research and a lab that not only focuses on cognitive psychology but also contains some forensic elements! In my free time I do a lot of painting, sculpting, and photography!”
Timothy Friesen
“I am a 3rd year student doing a combined major in biology and psychology. I joined the Lindsay lab as a research assistant in November of 2019. The Lindsay lab is where I am getting my first introduction into academic research and a real look into what happens behind experiments. My hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. I am interested in pursuing a career in some aspect of neuroscience.”
Bennett King-Nyberg
Bennett completed his BA in Psychology at Vancouver Island University in 2018. He has previously been a part of 4 other research labs, ranging in breadth from a neuroscience lab studying circadian rhythms in Drosophila Melanogaster to an evolutionary psychology lab studying gender differences in attractiveness. His interests lie mostly in the cognitive neuroscience/ neuropsychology domain and thus is hoping to join the UVIC neuropsychology program in the future. He enjoys dabbling in a lot of different fields, just enough to know a bit, not enough to understand a lot.
Kelly Grannon
Jamie-Lee Barden
Jamie-Lee completed a BA in Psychology at Dalhousie University. After a few years of travel and English teaching abroad, she is now back in Canada collecting research experience with plans to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology. She is currently working in the Lindsay lab developing stimulus sets and programming online experiments, as well as conducting research with Dr. Brianna Turner on the Psychological Impacts of COVID-19. On the weekends she works with at-risk youth in the community. She loves acro yoga, writing poetry, and exploring the wilderness of BC.

Past lab Members

Carla McLean, PhD. (2010)
Research Interests: Factors influencing eyewitness and investigator accuracy and confidence; industrial accident investigation; Cognitive Interview; post-identification feedback effect; investigator confirmation bias. Carla is now at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Click here to visit her there.
Deborah Connolly
Deb Connolly did her Masters work at Wilfred Laurier with Bill Hockley, then came to UVic for her PhD. She hit the ground running and completed her PhD in 3 years, subsequently publishing it in a good journal. She went from her PhD to law school and then directly into a position at Simon Fraser University, where she is now an Associate Professor.
Check out Deb’s website.   Email:
Helen Williams
Helen got her BSc, MSc, and PhD from the University of Leeds in the UK. She then worked as a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow for two years at the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA, before commencing a second postdoc fellowship at the University of Victoria in September 2012.  She landed a faculty position at Keele, and is now working there.Her research deals with higher order cognitive processes, specifically the judgments people can make when encoding or retrieving material from memory. Her doctoral research had the primary aim of exploring how people make and understand judgments of subjective experience using an extension of Tulving’s (1985) Remember-Know paradigm that includes separate categories of Familiar and Guess. The central themes in her doctoral research were: How should the subjective experiences of Knowing and Familiarity be defined and understood? What is the relationship between confidence and subjective experience? And how do objective manipulations influence subjective experience? She is continuing these lines of enquiry with Dr. Steve Lindsay (even though she is no longer a postdoc).
Justin Kantner
Justin completed his PhD in 2011, then did a 2-year postdoc with Mike Miller at UCSB followed by another 2-year postdoc with Ian Dobbins at Wash U, then took up a tenure-track position at Cal State University Northridge.
Research Interests: Human memory and cognition. Bias in memory, perception, and decision making, the behavioral correlates and neural basis of individual differences in recognition response bias, memory training, parietal cortex and recognition
Leora Dahl, PhD. (2007)
Research interests: Eyewitness memory, eyewitness misinformation effect, police lineup administrator accuracy.
Web: Leora Dahl – Okanagan College
Mario Baldassari
Mario joined our lab in the fall 2011 and completed his PhD in December 2017. He is now living and working in San Antonio, TX. His work explores intersections between basic research on recognition memory and face memory, on the one hand, and applied issues in eyewitness memory, on the other. He also knows a lot about beer.
Email: Check out his webpage
Maximilian Rabe
Max completed his M.Sc. under co-supervision of Dr. Lindsay and Dr. Masson on generalized linear mixed-effects modeling of signal detection parameters C and d’. Besides his interest in memory, cognition, and language within the field of psychology, he is also interested in computational modeling, statistics, research methods, and programming. After his Masters, he returned to the University of Potsdam as a PhD student in cognitive science working on computational modeling of the interaction of eye movements and sentence processing during reading.
Melissa Boyce, PhD. (2008)
Research interests: Factors affecting eyewitness accuracy and belief in eyewitnesses from the perspectives of both jurors and investigators; system and estimator variables; police lineups. Current position: Senior Instructor at University of Calgary.
Web: Melissa Boyce – University of Calgary
Michelle Arnold, PhD. (2005)
Research interests: Metacognition, forgot-it-all-along effect, hindsight bias (knew-it-all-along effect), effects of feedback on true and false memories. Current position: After a postdoc with Phil Higham in England and several years as a Lecturer at Saint Andrews University in Scotland, Michelle has tenure at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Tanjeem Azad, PhD (2015)
Flown the nest, gone off to work with Maria Zaragoza at Kent State. Research Interests: Juror perceptions of victim and witness credibility, co-witness collaboration, memory and cognition (e.g., eyewitness and false memory research).
Tel: (250) 472-4899 Email:

Vincenza Gruppuso, PhD. (2003)
Vincenza Gruppuso received her BSc in Psychology from McMaster University and then went on to University of Victoria to become a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Cognitive Psychology. She is currently the Scientific Coordinator at the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, at the University of Victoria, a position she has held since 2012.