Dr. Kang Lee's Development Lab

Esther Arquillano, H.BSc

​E-mail: labmanager@kangleelab.com

Esther received her H.BSc degree from the University of Toronto, specializing in psychology and majoring in neuroscience. Her previous projects with Dr. Lee and Kitty Miao Qian include examining children's social attitudes and behaviours. While managing the lab, she also assists with a training program that aims to reduce children's implicit racial biases through face recognition. In the future, Esther hopes to work with children in a school setting and study the impact of different teaching methods.

B.Sc., Hangzhou University, Zhejiang, P. R. China
M.A., Hangzhou University, Zhejiang, P. R. China
Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada

Tanya Danyliuk, PhD Candidate

​E-mail: tanya.danyliuk@mail.utoronto.ca

Tanya received her BA degree from the University of Western Ontario, majoring in Psychology.  She is currently in year two of her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Grusec and working with Dr. Lee and his lab for her outside project. Her research interests include prosocial behaviours in children, moral and value development, and the role that parenting plays in child outcomes. She is also interested in exploring parenting interventions, and is the coordinator of a parenting program that her lab is currently establishing using Dr. Grusec’s research on parenting domains. 


Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
Applied Psychology and Human Development
OISE/University of Toronto

email: kang.lee@utoronto.ca


Rachel Santos, PhD Candidate (School and Clinical Child Psychology)

E-mail: rachel.santos@mail.utoronto.ca

Rachel completed her BA (honours) at Carleton University, specializing in psychology. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the examination of eyewitness testimony with children ages 3-6. Rachel's current research examines the moral reasoning of children from both a typical and clinical sample (e.g. children with conduct disorder).

Kaila Bruer, PhD (Experimental and Applied Psychology)
E-mail: kaila.bruer@utoronto.ca

After completing her bachelor’s degree in criminology, she further refined her research path by completing a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Carleton University. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental and Applied Psychology from the University of Regina. Her research focuses on children’s participation in the justice system and the factors affecting child witness testimony. Currently, Kaila is working at OISE/UT to learn more about how verbal and non-verbal behaviour can distinguish truthful versus untruthful information provided by maltreated and non-maltreated children.
Featured Publication:
Bruer, K. C., Price, H. L., & Phenix, T. L. (2016). The “magical” effect of integration on autobiographical memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1002/acp.3232


​​​​Sarah Zanette, PhD Candidate (Developmental Psychology and Education)

E-mail: s.zanette@mail.utoronto.ca

Sarah recevied her BA (honours) in psychology from Brock University and her MA from OISE/UT. She is currently conducting research in two key areas; (1) How can children's lies be detected? and (2) How do children with severe conduct problems lie? Sarah is collaborating with researchers at the Child Development Institute to answer these questions.

Featured Publication:

Zanette, S., Gao, X., Brunet, M., Lee, K. (2016). Automated decoding of facial expressions reveals marked differences in children when telling antisocial versus prosocial lies, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 150, 165-179. doi: 10.1016/jecp.2016.05.007

Kitty Miao Qian, PhD Candidate (Developmental Psychology and Education)

Email: miao.qian@mail.utoronto.ca

Kitty is interested in the development of racial bias. Specifically, she investigates two topics: (1) what is the development of racial bias, and (2) How to reduce peoples’ racial bias. To answer these questions, Kitty is using Implicit Racial Bias Test to study the early development of racial bias. Also, she is working on a training program to reduce children’s racial bias.

Featured Publication:

Qian, M., Heyman, G., Quinn, P., Messi, F., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2016). Implicit racial biases in preschool children and adults from Asia and Africa. Child Development, 87(1), 285-296.

Rebecca Judges, PhD Candidate (Developmental Psychology and Education)
E-mail: rebecca.judges@mail.utoronto.ca

Rebecca completed her BA at Brock University in psychology and her MA at the University of Toronto in developmental psychology. Rebecca is interested in how social-cognitive changes across the lifespan impact people’s ability to detect fraudulent activity. Her MA thesis examined factors which contribute to older adults' vulnerability & resistance to fraud.

Featured Publication:

Judges, R. A., Gallant, S. N., Yang, L. & Lee, K. (2017). The role of cognition, personality, and trust in fraud victimization in older adults. Front. Psychol. 8:588. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00588

Kanza Batool

Eunice Chen

Jeremy Forsythe

Zana Nastic

Sindy Anton

​Ramin Kaviani-Arani

​Chelsea Tanchip

Professional Experience



Ubtan Addou

Ruben Jonathan

Carmina Santos

Sanjay Jeyakumaran
Precious Ofoezie

Darshan Panesar
​Helen Han
Taha Tanjeem

Tamara Chau

Soni Prasad

Indraneel Sarkar

Sterlin Vaillancourt

Kristen Wong

Tanya Manchada

Divya Prasad

Sharon Nirmalakumar

Junia Isaac

Nazia Nusrat

Wendy Huang

David Perryman

Volodymyr Turchenko, PhD (Computer Engineering)
E-mail: vlad.turchenko@utoronto.ca

Volodymyr received his honours MSc in systems engineering from Brest Polytechnic Institute (Belarus) and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine). Currently, Volodymyr is working at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) processing and interpreting Transdermal Optical Imaging data using deep machine learning technologies. Before joining OISE/UT, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lethbridge (Canada), as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tennessee (USA) and as an FP7 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calabria (Italy).
Featured Publication:
Turchenko, V. (2014). Parallel Batch Pattern Training Algorithm for Multi-Layer Perceptron with Two Hidden Layers on Many-Core System, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. 290, 537-544. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07593-8_62

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study & Applied Psychology & Human Development Department, OISE, University of Toronto

Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Department of Psychology, Queen's University

​Department of Psychology, Hangzhou University


Shruti Kumar

Daryna Skybina

Kira Laurin

Laura Colucci

Keerthiha Ravichandran

Preet Gujral

​Gina Elder

Ziyin Huang

Etri Kocaqi
Mary Lee

Aditya Pancholi

Debol Pu

Kanza Naveed

Shadini Dematagoda

Dylan Williams

Tabitha Oni

Kristie Wang

Lucy Zhang

Nicole Zhang

Viktoria Sefcikova

Adjunct & Visiting Professorships
Chief Science Officer, NuraLogix Corp.

Researcher (Full Professor)
Department of Psychology & Center for Human Development
University of California, San Diego

Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University

Adjunct Professor
School of Education
Zhejiang Normal University

Memberships & Affiliations
Editorial board member, Psychological Science
Editorial board member, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Editorial board member, Developmental Science
Elected Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
Member, Society for Research in Child Development
Member, International Society for Infant Study
Member, Vision Science Society

Dr. Kang Lee

Xiaopan Ding - Professor, National University of Singapore

Naiqi (Gabriel) Xiao - Postdoctoral fellow, Princeton University​