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 UOIT. 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 UOIT, 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.
Taylor Pagniello, Research Assistant
Taylor is a 4th year student at UOIT, majoring in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminology and Justice. She works as a Research Assistant and helps to run various studies within the lab. After graduating, she plans to pursue a master degree in either Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychology.