Our Team

Dr. Andrew Scott Baron, lab director

Dr. Baron is the director of the UBC Social Cognitive Development Lab and the Living Lab at Science World at TELUS World of Science in Vancouver. Under his direction these labs explore the development of social cognition in infants, preschoolers and adolescents. A principal aim of this work is to understand the cognitive and cultural origins of social categorization including intergroup preferences and stereotypes at both an implicit and explicit level of representation. At the Living Lab there is an additional emphasis on educational outreach as researchers and museum visitors interact daily, providing a platform for parents to ask questions about cognitive development while creating a transparent window into the process by which scientists study child development. Additional information about Dr. Baron can be found on his academic website.

 

 

Graduate Students

Katharina Block, graduate student in Psychology at UBC

Kate is an Phd student after finishing her B.A. (hons.) 2013 and her MA in 2015. She is interested in how stereotypes and prejudice influence who we want to be and how we chose to live our lives. Right now she is curious about different values men and women endorse and the gender roles the try to adhere to interact to influence their aspirations. In specific, she is exploring how these factors account for differences in career interests and family-orientation in children and as well as adults. Beside Social Psych, Kate loves biking and concerts. For more info visit: katharinablock.wordpress.com

 

Antonya Gonzalez, graduate student in Psychology at UBC

Antonya completed her AB in Psychology in May 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the Developmental Psychology program at UBC in the fall of 2013. Her research interests include the acquisition and malleability of social group attitudes, stereotypes and identity across development. She is also interested in the influence of implicit associations on children's cognition and behavior. Antonya works in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Anthea Pun, graduate student in Psychology at UBC

Anthea completed her BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2010. She joins the lab as a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program in the fall of 2013. Her primary research interests include understanding the social and cognitive processes underlying intergroup cognition in early development. Currently, her work explores social categorization and intergroup evaluation in infants and young toddlers, which she hopes will lead to a better understanding of the core structures and mechanisms that underlie stereotyping and intergroup prejudice. Anthea works in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Haya Alkailani, September 2015 - present

Haya is a recent UBC Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school in order to receive her masters in Psychology. Though she is curious about all aspects of psychology, she is most interested in the developmental and clinical fields. Haya works in the Living Lab at Science World as well as our campus lab.

 

 

Evelyn Chan, January 2016- present

Evelyn is currently a 4th year undergraduate studying pursuing a major in Psychology. She joined the lab in January 2016 as a research assistant and is now a Directed Studies student studying the effects of counterstereotypical intervention on reducing implicit racial biases. Evelyn works in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Clement Choi, May 2015 - present

Clement is a 4th year student studying Behavioural Neuroscience. His research interests include math-gender stereotypes in children, and possible interventions to reduce math-gender stereotype threat in children. He is hoping to pursue graduate studies in School Psychology in the near future. Clement works in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Serena Ewe, May 2016 - present

Serena is a UBC Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate. In the near future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in the hopes of becoming a registered Counselling Psychologist. Serena works in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Dawn Yin, January 2017- present

Dawn received her BA in Psychology from UBC in 2015. She is interested in studying how children learn to form social groups and develop stereotypes, as well as how early intervention can increase prosocial behaviour and decrease discriminatory behaviour. Her research interests also include cultural effects on cognition and language acquisition in bilingual children. Dawn works in both our campus lab and the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Jessica Lai, September 2014- present

Jessica is a recent UBC Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate. Her research interests include understanding how infants and young toddlers evaluate the relations of different social group, as well as how that influences their behaviours and learning. Jessica works both in our on campus lab and in the Living Lab at Science World. Jessica is currently the senior Campus Lab Coordinator.

 

 

Julie Oh, January 2014 - present

Julie is a recent UBC Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate. Her research interests include social and cultural influences on children's cognitive development, development of stereotypes and possible interventions. She plans to pursue graduate studies in psychology in hopes of becoming a School Psychologist. Julie works both in our campus lab and in the Living Lab at Science World. Julie is currently the senior Living Lab Coordinator.

 

 

Natalie Paeth, September 2016- present

Natalie's passions lie in developmental psychology, expressive arts therapy and contemporary dance. She is keenly interested in the development of how children see themselves as moral agents in the world, as well as the development of infants' understandings of social group dynamics. Natalie works in the in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

Zoey Wong, May 2015- present

Zoey is a 4th year student majoring in Psychology and plans to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. She is interested in learning about how social and cultural factors shape our attitudes and self-concepts across development. Zoey currently works on a Directed Studies project exploring the development and malleability of math-gender stereotypes in children. Zoey works in the Living Lab at Science World.

 

 

Jessica Yang, September 2015- present

Jessica is a Psychology and Film studies major currently in her second year of undergraduate studies. Her research interests include the effects of media on early development and education, as well as how media for children is shaped by our knowledge of early developmental psychology. Jessica works in our campus lab.