About Me

Skills Overview

  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Writing
  • Programming
  • Teaching
  • Graphic Arts

Psychology Areas

  • Social
  • Cognitive
  • Environmental
  • Affective
  • Evolutionary

Data Analysis

  • Correlations
  • ANOVA
  • Regression
  • SEM

Software

  • SPSS/PASW
  • MS Excel
  • Adobe CS6
  • Poser/Daz3D

Programming

  • HTML/CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP/SQL
  • Python
  • Flex


Education

2011-Present

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Psychology

University of Guelph, Ontario

Thesis title: Your Gain is My Loss: Fairness and The Zero-Sum Heuristic. Brief summary: In a zero-sum situation, the sum of all gains and losses is zero. Situations in which a scarce resource must be distributed to multiple parties are by definition zero-sum, because one person cannot receive more without another also receiving less. In my thesis, I argue that individuals are sensitive to zero-sum trade-offs, and can experience a sense of injustice when they believe that they been affected by them. I examine this in context of interpersonal relationships, and grading in the academic classroom.

Courses taken (partial list): Foundations: Applied Social Psychology, Applied Social Psychology

2009-2011

Master of Arts (MA), Psychology

Carleton University, Ontario

Thesis title: Does the uncanny valley exist? An empirical test of the relationship between eeriness and the human likeness of digitally created faces.

Courses taken (partial list): Cognition II, Advanced Topics in Cognition II, Computers and Cognition

2005-2009

Bachelor of Arts Honours (BAH), Psychology, with Computer Science Minor

Bishop’s University, Quebec

Honours thesis title: Terror management theory and human affect in response to computer generated voices.

Courses taken (partial list): Motivation & Emotion, Research Methods, Foundations of Computer Science, Principles Of Programming Languages, Programming Methodology, Data Structures, Database & Dynamic Web Design

Employment

2010-Present

Teaching Assistant, University of Guelph & Carleton University

Courses taught: Cognitive Psychology, Non-Experimental Research Methods, Introductory Psychology, and Design and Analysis in Psychological Research.

2009-Present

Research Assistant, University of Guelph & Carleton University

Assistant to Daniel V. Meegan (2011-Present), Guy L. Lacroix (2009-2011).

2006-2009

Information Technology Services, Bishop’s University

Computer technical support.

2003-2004

Website Publicity, Peterborough NH USA

Web design and search engine optimization.

Awards, Certificates, Scholarships

2013
Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000; University of Guelph)
Board of Graduate Studies Scholarship ($2,000; University of Guelph)
2012
Dean’s Scholarship ($5,000; University of Guelph)
Board of Graduate Studies Scholarship ($2,000; University of Guelph)
2011
Dean’s Scholarship ($5,000; University of Guelph)
Graduate Scholarship ($4,250; Carleton University)
2010
Dean’s Scholarship ($8,000; Carleton University)
Teaching Skills Certificate (Carleton University)
2009
Graduate Scholarship ($4,250; Carleton University)
P.D. McCormack Fund ($2,000; Carleton University)
Certificate of Academic Excellence (Canadian Psychological Association)
Dr. Shannon Gadbois Prize (Bishop’s University)
First Place for Best Poster ($250, Bishop’s University Research Week)

Volunteer Experience

2013-Present

Volunteer, Software Engineer

eMERGE Guelph

eMERGE Guelph is a not-for-profit environmental organization that aims to significantly reduce the city of Guelph’s environmental impact. One of eMERGE’s core programs is the Efficient Home Visit, a consultation service that provides homeowners with information about how they can “live lighter and live richer” through simple lifestyle changes and by retrofitting their home. I have been working in collaboration with the Home Visit team to automate and enrich the interview and feedback processes.

2012-Present

Board of Directors, Financial Liaision

Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Guelph Chapter (OPIRG-Guelph)

OPIRG-Guelph is a non-profit organization that engages in research, education, and action on social and environmental justice issues. As a Board member, my primary responsibilities include staff management and consensus-based decision-making. As a financial liaision, my responsibilities include financial oversight and bookkeeping support.