Our Team

Principal Investigator

Shanna Williams' profile

Shanna Williams Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Prior to joining the Department, she was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law. As a registered psychologist in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Dr. Williams has clinical experience in hospital, school and community agencies. She has worked with maltreated populations while conducting forensic interviews for various law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles. Her research has been supported through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Graduate Students

Matthew Baker's profile

Matthew Baker

PhD Student

Matt is a first year PhD student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. His undergraduate research examined factors associated with the judgement of facial expressions of pain in children. Matt's current research primarily involves forensic interviews with maltreated children (e.g., note-taking) and victims of commercial sexual exploitation, as well as pediatric pain communication. More specifically, his Master's research is investigating healthcare providers' perceptions of the influence of child maltreatment on children's pain and pain communication, and is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Annie Shiau's profile

Annie Shiau

Master's Student

Annie is a second year Master's student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree at McGill, and her past research focused on preschoolers' understanding of different forms of lies. Currently, Annie's research explores how children disclose sexual abuse or maltreatment to their peers, and how we can help different professionals (e.g., teachers) speak to children about sexual abuse.

Olivia Holden's profile

Olivia Holden

Master's Student

Olivia is a second year Master's student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree at McGill, and her past research focused on the brain opioid theory of social attachment. Currently, Olivia's research explores how children disclose sexual abuse or maltreatment to their siblings, and how we can improve forensic interviewing protocols with siblings of maltreated children.

Krupali Patel's profile

Krupali Patel

Master's Student

Krupali is a first year Master's student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill. Krupali's current research explores how child witnesses of commercial sexual exploitation are perceived and questionned by attorneys during cases within the Canadian justice system.

Sarah Campbell's profile

Sarah Campbell

Master's Student

Sarah is a first-year Master's student at McGill University in the School/Applied Child Psychology program. Her research interests surround forensic interviewing protocols for children with a history of maltreatment and how these principles may be applied to the communication of paediatric pain. Sarah has been a member of our lab since Fall, 2020 as she completed her undergraduate research project with us and also worked as our laboratory coordinator. Sarah's research is supported by a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Undergraduate Students

Michelle Dang's profile

Michelle Dang

Lab Coordinator

Michelle is a fourth year undergraduate student in Psychology at McGill. Michelle is interested in children's interpretation of negative events and its effect on their development. She is the lab coordinator and a research assistant at the lab; she assists several research projects and is responsible for the day-to-day aspects of the lab. She helps manages the communication between the lab, students, and parents. Please feel free to contact Michelle if you have general inquiries about CIWL!

Zoe Bishop's profile

Zoe Bishop

Undergraduate Honours Student

Zoe is a second-year undergraduate student in Psychology at McGill. Her research interests surround the identification of childhood maltreatment and the prevention of its related adverse outcomes. Zoe's current research explores the productivity of different types of questions used by Canadian police during forensic interviews and how age may impact the informativeness of a witness' disclosure of maltreatment.

Georgia Moore's profile

Georgia Moore

Undergraduate Project Student

Georgia is a fourth year undergraduate student at McGill University in the Psychology program. Her current research primarily explores how note-taking practices can be utilized in forensic interviews with maltreated children. More specifically, her research is investigating the relationship between note-taking practices and the strength of follow-up questions utilized in forensic interviews with children.