Current Lab Members

Lab Manager: Amanda Dumoulin

Joined in 2019

Amanda is a B.A. Psychology Honours student at KPU. Since starting at KPU in 2016, she has spent some time doing research with Dr. Levente Orban, analyzing various large datasets using programs including MySQL and R.

Her area of research interest has since expanded to include the learning environment and psychometrics. She joined the GDP Lab to work with Dr. Shayna Rusticus on projects that examine the learning environment in various aspects.

Amanda is currently leading projects in the GDP lab and working on her Honours Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Rusticus, evaluating the effectiveness of teaching introductory psychology courses online at KPU. In her spare time, she likes to watch Star Trek, read books, bake, and play board games.

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Brandon Justus

Joined in 2017

As one of the founding members of the GDP Lab, Brandon has always had an interest in exploring research topics on the learning environment, group dynamics, and quantitative methodology. During his time at KPU, he did his Honours project with Shayna exploring the impact of self-talk on video game performance, and after completing his BA with honours in Psychology, he aims to apply at a graduate school to further his career in Psychology. While he waits for applications to open, he is working as a BSc psych lab instructor at KPU.

When he is not assisting with research, he enjoys long walks on beaches and hanging out at coffee shops…joking, he really enjoys trying new craft beer and discussing philosophical issues relating the most efficient way to teach students in post-secondary. For example, should Kwantlen invest in a mentorship program where fourth-year students could be a mentor to those new students arriving?

Overall, if you are interested in discussing a topic related to group dynamics and psychometrics, he encourages you to email Shayna and to enjoy the fun banter in the lab.

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Tina Charmchi

Joined in 2017

In 2019, Tina earned her Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Psychology with a minor in Counselling. During her Undergrad, Tina was a part of the Bee Cognition Lab at KPU, where she helped build the first virtual reality system for bees at KPU, alongside Dr. Levente Orban. This led her to do her Honours project: A marker-based closed-loop capable virtual reality system for bees. Where she conducted her Honours project researching bees flight trajectories in response to optic flow manipulations. In addition, Tina has worked as a Research Assistant for the GDP lab with Dr. Shayna Rusticus, conducting learning environment studies.  

Research Interests include: normative ethics, data analytics, motivational and cognitive processes, emotion regulation, and group dynamics.

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Brittney Stobbe

Joined in 2018

Brittney received her BA (Honors) with a major in psychology and a minor in counseling from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2020. She has been involved in various projects within Dr. Rusticus’s Group Dynamics and Psychometrics lab regarding psychometric development regarding Self Directed Learning Readiness and Team Attitudes and Experiences.

For her Honours Thesis, she conducted a mixed-methods study that used focus group interviews to investigate factors that may contribute to smartphone usage and identify which of these factors are correlated with smartphone addiction.

Currently, Brittney is working on various projects for the Group Dynamics and Psychometrics Lab. She enjoys outdoor activities and photography.

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Jonathan Lau

Joined in 2017

Jonathan is an B.A.A (Applied Arts) Honours student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is majored in Psychology, minored Counselling and also gotten his Certificate in Non-Profits/NGOs studies. Jonathan also completed the Marketing Communications program at BCIT.

He has been involved in various research labs and projects, having previously worked on a project with members of Dr. Daniel Bernstein’s Lifespan Cognition Lab, and previously a research lab member of Dr. Levente Orban’s Bee Cognition Lab and Dr. Arleigh Reichl’s IMAGe Lab.  Currently he is involved with Dr. Shayna Rusticus’ Group Dynamics and Psychometric lab, assisting with various projects on Teamwork Attitudes and Experiences with other lab members. In the future, he plans to pursue an M.A in Counselling Psychology.

Currently, Jonathan is completing his Honours Thesis with the supervision of Dr. Rusticus and working a project regarding the measurement of gender identity.

His area of research interests are mental health, psychometrics, evidence-based practices, Eastern psychology, men’s studies, and LGBTQ+.

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Stephanie Ng

Joined in 2020

Stephanie Ng is a fourth year B.A. Psychology major. With a minor in Language and Culture focusing in Japanese, she enrolled in KPU’s exchange program and spent a year studying at Toyo University in Tokyo. Currently, she is doing her Honours research under the supervision of Dr. Shayna Rusticus to study how online learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic affects students. Her interests include mental health, unique psychological phenomena, travelling, good food, and, of course, her dog.