Current Lab Members

Lab Manager: Amanda Dumoulin

Joined in 2019

Amanda recently graduated from KPU with a B.A. Psychology Honours degree. 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. Her honours thesis was a program evaluation to examine the effectiveness of teaching introductory psychology online at KPU in response to the mandatory transition to online teaching and learning.

In her spare time, she likes to watch Star Trek, read books, bake, and play board games.


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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Michael Wiechers

Joined 2021

Michael is a B.A.A. (Applied Arts) student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is currently working towards completing his degree and is majoring in psychology. He will be graduating in the Spring of 2022. 

Currently, he is working under the supervision of Dr. Shayna Rusticus as a research assistant in her Group Dynamics and Psychometrics lab to complete his practicum. He has been working on researching various aspects of student-student and student-faculty interactions in both online and face-to-face learning environments. 

During his free time, he loves watching hockey and is a die-hard Canucks fan. In addition, he loves going to the gym, socializing with friends and family, and playing video games. ….


Leonardo Landaverde-Umana

Joined 2021

Leonardo is a Bachelor of Science (Applied Psychology) student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is currently working towards completing his degree and is majoring in psychology. He will be graduating in the Spring of 2022. 

Currently, he is working under the supervision of Dr. Shayna Rusticus as a research assistant in her Group Dynamics and Psychometrics lab to complete his practicum. He has been working on a literature review on scales and measurements measuring attitudes towards teamwork in a variety of classroom settings.

When he is not working on this project, Leonardo enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends, as well as playing sports and video games.


Daphnnie Robyn Flores

Joined in 2021

Robyn is an international student from the Philippines. She is currently a 3rd year BSc (Honours) student in Applied Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), which she started attending in the Fall 2018 semester. In addition to the Group Dynamics and Psychometrics Lab, Robyn is also a member of the Lifespan Cognition Lab at KPU. She is also currently working with Brandon Justus on his research on tabletop games and teamwork. For her Honours Thesis with the guidance and supervision of Dr. Shayna Rusticus, she is interested in looking into the effects of different musical genres (Classical and Lo-Fi music) on performance in different exam types (reading comprehension and spatial ability), but also considering different personality types (extraversion vs. introversion) as well. After graduation, she is aiming to attend medical school to be a Psychiatrist or attend graduate school to become a Clinical Psychologist.

During her free time, Robyn loves playing, making and listening to music. She can play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and ukulele. From time to time, she would pull out GarageBand and put a song together for fun, whether it is a simple Lo-Fi beat, a rap beat or covers. Other than this, she loves playing tabletop games and a few video games as well. She also enjoys being in the company of her loved ones and her four dogs: Lilly, Tami, Hatchi, and Zoey. 


Omar Jessa

Joined in 2020

Omar is a fourth year psychology student who dreams of one day becoming the type of doctor who can’t even save a flea, but can sure talk your ear off about what makes a human tick.

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Rachna Minhas

Kayla Garvin

Vana Mann

Tanisha Bali

Nachwa Elaini

Shiya Johal-Athwal

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