Dr. Amy Leach, Lab Director
Dr. Amy Leach received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada). Dr. Leach studies deception detection in forensic contexts. Most recently, she has focused on the detection of deception in vulnerable populations (e.g., children, non-native speakers). Dr. Leach has also collaborated on projects in the areas of Confessions and Interrogations, Wrongful Convictions, and Eyewitness Identifications. She has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the American Psychology-Law Society, and her dissertation work was the recipient of both the Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Excellence and the AP-LS Dissertation Award (First Place). In addition to her research background, Dr. Leach has the unique experience of having worked as a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer for four years. Thus, she has direct experience with the factors that affect forensic interviewing and decision-making.
Elizabeth Elliott, Graduate Student – PhD 4
Elizabeth is a fourth-year PhD. candidate under Dr. Leach’s supervision in the Forensic Psychology program. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University and her Master of Arts in Criminology from Ontario Tech University. Currently, she is examining elements of lie detection decisions and the components that make up deceptive accounts.>
Lyndsay Woolridge, Graduate Student – PhD 4
Lyndsay is a fourth-year Forensic Psychology PhD candidate in the five-year Direct Entry program. After completing her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Linguistics and Psychology at Queen’s University, she obtained a Master of Arts in Linguistics from York University under the supervision of Dr. Philipp Angermeyer. Her primary area of interest is the influence of language proficiency on the ability to detect deception. She is currently overseeing a SSHRC-funded research project examining the effect of interpreter-mediated communication on courtroom testimony and witness information disclosure. Her research interests also include investigative interviewing, intercultural communication, and forensic linguistics.
Ryan Lahay, Graduate Student – MSc 1
Ryan is a first-year MSc student in Forensic Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Leach. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Criminology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Lakehead University. His research interests include deception detection, investigative interviewing, policing, and police surveillance technologies. He is currently studying physiological arousal in native- and nonnative-speaking lie- and truth-tellers, particularly changes in skin conductivity.
Chelsea Blake, Honours Student – BA 4
Chelsea is a fourth-year undergraduate honours student majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in Criminology and Justice. She is currently working on her Honours Thesis that involves analyzing deception detection, accentedness, and fluency in native and non-native speakers. After graduating, she plans on taking a year off to gain more research experience to develop her resume. She plans on applying for her Masters in Forensic Psychology in the fall of 2020.
Jayde De Brito, Honours Student – BA 4
Meg Booth, Research Assistant
Meg is a third-year student at Ontario Tech University, majoring in Forensic Psychology. She volunteers as a research assistant and assists with the various studies within the lab. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in either Clinical Psychology or Forensic Psychology.
William Leong, Project Assistant
William received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2015. However, he has decided to switch career directions and is currently in his second year in Mechatronics Engineering at Ontario Tech. With his past education as well as experience as a research assistant at the University of Lethbridge, he is able to complete various back end tasks for the lab. After graduation, he plans to work for a robotics company and possibly further his engineering education after working for a few years.
Emma Rutherford, Research Assistant
Emma is a fourth-year Biological Science student at Ontario Tech University. She volunteers as a Research Assistant and assists with various tasks within the lab. After graduating, Emma plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Applied Bioscience or Animal Biosciences.
Suba Cheliyan, Research Assistant
Sarah Kirkpatrick, Research Assistant
Sarah is a second-year student at Ontario Tech University, majoring in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminology and Justice. She volunteers as a research assistant and assists with the various studies within the lab. After graduating, she plans to obtain her PhD in Forensic Psychology.
Kaitlyn Bowman, Research Assistant
Jenissa Lad, Research Assistant
Jenissa is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Ontario Tech University. She is a volunteer research assistant, assisting with various tasks in the lab. After graduating, Jenissa plans to earn a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology.