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 3
Elizabeth is a third year PhD student 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 3
Lyndsay is a third year Direct Entry PhD student in the Forensic Psychology 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 surrounds the impact of language proficiency on the ability to detect deception. She is currently overseeing a research project examining whether lie-tellers’ misattributions about the source of their physiological arousal can affect their ability to deceive. Her research interests also include investigative interviewing, intercultural communication, and forensic linguistics.
Meg Booth, Research Assistant
Meg is a second 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 degree in either Clinical Psychology or Forensic Psychology.
Carly McDonell, Research Assistant
Carly holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Forensic Psychology from Ontario Tech University. She has gained experience in the field of mental health through her work at the Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC), John Howard Society (JHS) Durham and Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Ontario. Additionally, Carly has acted as a representative of Ontario Tech University through her effort towards initiatives of Feminism and Decolonization. Carly has gained extensive knowledge of mental health and the criminal justice system through her study of abnormal psychology, personality psychology, forensic psychology, and brain and behaviour during the course of her education. Currently, Carly’s research has focused primarily on psychopathic tendencies in youth; however, she aims to gain further knowledge in victim’s services and crisis intervention. Her interests include antisocial tendencies, lie detection, domestic abuse, and trauma. Carly hopes to pursue registration with the completion of a Master’s degree.>
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.