Research Team

DeMichelis_PicCarey Demichelis

Carey DeMichelis is a third year PhD candidate in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the collaborative program at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, a graduate associate at the Centre for Ethics, and a student at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research. Carey’s dissertation focuses on the experiences of adolescent patients (ages 13-17) who are resisting biomedical treatment or building hybrid healthcare plans. Through in-depth case studies of adolescent patients and their families, Carey hopes to present a “thick” picture of young people who resist treatment, as well as an exploration of the socio-cultural mechanisms that structure “choice” in medical decision-making. At the intersection of developmental psychology, medical anthropology, and biomedical ethics, this project is the first to explore the way adolescent autonomy, cultural identity, and medical authority intersect in these complex cases.

Carey completed her MA in Social Science at the University of Chicago where she studied Comparative Human Development. She completed her BA at the University of Colorado where she studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

Research Interests: child and adolescent development, relational autonomy, subjectivity and resistance, narrative identity, qualitative methods, comparative analysis, interdisciplinary engagement.

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Cristina Bianchi

Cristina Bianchi is entering her first year in the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Development this upcoming September at the University of Toronto. She has been employed as a research assistant working alongside a professor from the University of Guelph-Humber, focusing on elementary school teacher mental health and coping strategies. She has also completed different field practicum experiences such as working at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as travelling to Denmark and Moosonee to study culture and its implications on individuals. Cristina’s research would focus on how a child’s self-fulfilling prophecy can be influenced by environmental factors such as geographical location, social relationships and internal motivations. She would like to broaden her research by exploring the academic pressures that a professional sets on a child and how it later can be measured during adulthood.

Cristina completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph-Humber, where she studied Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Studies and received an Early Childhood Education diploma.

Research Interests: child development, qualitative methods, resilience, self-fulfilling prophecy, mental health, lifespan development

Larisa Lam

Larisa Lam

Larisa Lam is beginning her first year in the PhD program in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, OISE. Currently, she is completing an MA in Developmental Psychology and Education and writing her thesis on The Intergenerational Adaptation  of Parenting Practices and Beliefs about Education. She is also a graduate of the MA in Child Study and Education program at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, UT/OISE and an occasional elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. In her spare time, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and spending time with friends.

Research Interests: child, adolescent, and human development;  parent-child and teacher-child relationships; qualitative methodology; life-span adaptation;  well-being

laura-coulmanLaura Coulman

Laura Coulman is a PhD Candidate in Applied Psychology and Human Development, Developmental Psychology and Education in the OISE Early Learning Cohort at the University of Toronto. Laura’s dissertation is an examination of how the norms, laws, and regulations of child care and early childhood education in Ontario produce children’s disability. She is developing a systematized process for her analysis that is based on feminist interpretations of Thomas Hobbes’s social contract theory.

Laura holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in philosophy from McMaster University and one in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University. She completed a Master of Science degree in Child Studies at the University of Guelph. Her MSc thesis focused on the attitudes and experiences of Ontario Early Childhood Resource Teachers working in inclusive child care settings in Ontario. Laura is a full time child care policy analyst in municipal government by day, a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and an intrepid PhD student on nights and weekends. She willingly admits that a statistically significant portion of her valuable time is spent wondering how the facts and philosophies that she is at risk of drowning in will come together. When they do come together – as they sometimes do – she wonders if that was a condition of nihilism or determinism (and then she googles what does nihilism mean? again). Her three teenage children and very supportive spouse have grown accustomed to the conditions of Laura’s doctoral studies in the home – which means, in addition to the odd peanut butter sandwich for supper, they have also learned not to express interest of any kind in her scholarly pursuits lest they be inundated with a lecture about boring dead guys from the 1600s.

Research Interests: Early Childhood Education and Care; Critical Theory; Disability; Epistemologies and Histories of Education and Social Systems; Political Philosophy

 Sasha Pic copySasha Reid

Sasha Reid is a first year PhD candidate in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto. She is also a member of the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Human Development at the Fraser Mustard Institute. Sasha’s dissertation focuses on the developmental antecedents, biological contributions, and intrapsychic processes/ worldviews of multiple murderers. Through a transdisciplinary study of multiple murderers and the factors that precede their offending behavior, Sasha hopes to present a more complete picture of multiple murderers, as well as an exploration of the role of intrapsychic thought processes that serve to guide, motivate, and/or exacerbate this unique form of fatal violence. At the intersection of developmental psychopathology, phenomenology, and biogenic criminology, this project is the first to explore how multiple developmental factors unfold and intersect to explain the phenomenon of multicide.

Sasha completed her MA in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, as well as an MA in Child Study and Education at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. She completed her BSc at the University of Toronto Scarborough where she studied Mental Health and Psychology.

Research Interests: child and adolescent development, developmental psychopathology, psychopathy, criminogenics, legal ethics, mixed method and multimethod analysis.