Lab gathering at The Forks — June 26th, 2019HeartsMindsLabPhoto_26June2019.jpgfront row (L to R): Heidi Barkman, Lara Penner-Goeke, Kathryn Rollins, Shaelyn Stienwandt, Lauren Kaminski, Chhavvy Narendra
back row (L to R): Elbereth Luo, Lynette Bonin, Sandra Hunter, Marlee Salisbury, Chantal Delaquis, Allyson Paton, Sydney Puhach

Principal Investigators

Leslie E. Roos, PhD – Clinical Psychology – CV
Ryan J. Giuliano, PhD – Cognitive Neuroscience – CV

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Dr. Leslie E. Roos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, with appointments in Psychology and Pediatrics. She aims to prevent the intergenerational transmission of stress-linked health inequities by developing scalable programs that promote parent mental health and family relationships. In her basic science research, Dr. Roos takes a multi-modal approach across neurobiology, cognitive function, and parent-child observation methods to identify opportunities to improve program efficacy. Dr. Roos also consults on program evaluation with local agencies and international teams to advance community-sourced solutions for stress-exposed families, starting in the prenatal period. Dr. Roos completed her clinical residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon (2018). She is Junior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, Affiliated Researcher with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and Chair of the Academic Research Committee at the Until the Last Child Foundation. As a mother of two young children, Dr. Roos is also familiar with many parenting challenges and continually impressed with the incredible effort families put forward every day.

Dr. Ryan J. Giuliano is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Psychology. Ryan’s work emphasizes the interplay between neurocognitive function and peripheral measures of stress physiology. To this end, Dr. Giuliano primarily uses electrophysiological measures of neural activity (electroencephalography, EEG) and cardiac activity (electrocardiography, ECG; impedance cardiography, ICG) to elucidate individual differences in behaviour and brain function as a function of stress. In this work, stress is examined both in terms of chronic and acute stress, measured through a combination of self- or parent-reported experiences with various stressors and adverse circumstances, as well as through laboratory inductions of concurrent stress. Dr. Giuliano is also a proud advocate for scientific outreach and prioritizes disseminating results from the latest findings in developmental science and cognitive neuroscience in public-friendly talks aimed at non-experts given around the local community.

Post-doctoral Scholars


Emily Cameron

Emily is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Leslie Roos and Dr. Tracie Afifi. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2020 and Clinical Residency in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Emily’s research interests focus on biological, psychological and social influences on early child development. Her background is in parental factors in pregnancy and the postpartum that influence child development, with a particular interest in paternal mental health. Her postdoctoral work extends this line of research into additional sensitive periods of child development to inform the development and implementation of programs that address child and parent needs.

Graduate Students


Irlanda Gomez

Irlanda will start her first year of the MA program in Developmental Psychology this fall. Irlanda’s previous work has focused around fostering self-regulation and language skills in newcomer youth. She is interested in researching the effect that chronic stress at an early age plays in children’s socio-cognitive abilities. Irlanda enjoys caring for her many plant babies and spending as much time outdoors as possible.


Helen Harvie

Helen is entering her first year of the MA program in Developmental Psychology. Helen has previously worked as a research assistant in the Comparative Cognition Lab at the University of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Debbie M. Kelly. Her work with this lab largely included research in canine cognition and stress responses. Her MA thesis will examine whether the presence of a pet dog will assist in buffering children from acute stressors. In her downtime, Helen enjoys spending time with her loved ones (both two and four-legged), cooking, and being outdoors.

headshots_shunterSandra Hunter

Sandra is in her 1st year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology. Sandra has been working as a research assistant in the Social Justice Lab at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Katherine Starzyk and also has extensive experience working with parents in the Families First Program. She is interested in researching traditional Indigenous parenting practices to increase well-being in parents and child resilience. Outside of university studies, Sandra avidly reads novels and dabbles in several types of crafts including quilting, knitting, and scrapbooking.


Kayla Joyce

Kayla is in the second year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests surround maternal mental illness with a specific focus on the relationship between mood and substance use disorders in this population. Kayla’s long-term goal in the Clinical Psychology program is to use her research to inform the development of an evidence-based intervention targeted toward mental health disorders in mothers. When not doing school-related work, you will likely spot Kayla tending to her beloved cats with their many health needs.

headshots_lkaminski.pngLauren Kaminski

Lauren is going into her third year of the Applied Behavior Analysis PhD Program at the University of Manitoba and is co-supervised by Dr. Roos. In the Hearts and Minds Lab, Lauren’s main research interests are in the realm of parent skills training for parents, particularly for families with children with developmental disabilities and other mental health related stressors. She is also interested in sport/performance psychology and works with athletes of all ages. When Lauren is not doing student related activities, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog.

headshots_spierceShayna Pierce

Shayna will start her first year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology this Fall. Shayna’s previous work has focused on the information needs of women in the perinatal period. She is interested in researching the effect of miscarriage, infertility, or traumatic labour and delivery on perinatal anxiety. Shayna’s long term goal in the Clinical Psychology Program is to use her research to inform the development of medical practice guidelines for women accessing health services during the perinatal period. When not doing school-related activities, Shayna enjoys spending time travelling, hiking, or camping with friends.


Rachel Roy

Rachel completed her Honours Psychology degree at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Toby Martin in the area of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). She has since had many volunteer and work opportunities in the area of ABA and with individuals with developmental disabilities. After graduation she worked as an Autism Tutor at St.Amant where she ran programming assisting young children with skill acquisition in relation to school readiness. In addition to her ABA research background, for the last two years Rachel has worked as the research coordinator for the Strategies for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Chronic Pain Network at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy, and is the acting manager of Dr. El-Gabalawy’s lab (the Health, Anxiety and Trauma lab). She is currently involved in several chronic pain research projects examining the efficacy of a variety of treatments for chronic pain as well as clinical database development upon which future research will be conducted.


Marlee Salisbury

Marlee is in the first year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her primary research interest is in understanding how early life stress affects social-emotional development and attachment, particularly in children who are at risk for intergenerational trauma and mental illness. The long-term goal of Marlee’s research is to inform clinical practice and interventions for managing the psychological impact of chronic stress in early life. Aside from her clinical research, Marlee is a self-professed cat lady and professional thrifter!


Kailey Simpson

Kaeley is going into her first year of the MA program in School Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her undergraduate thesis examined how self-compassion can help mothers engage in healthy and adaptive behaviours. Kaeley has had many volunteer and work experiences working with parents, children, and individuals with developmental disabilities which sparked her interest in research that aims to enhance the lives of children and their families. Outside of school, Kaeley enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

headshots_sstienwandt.jpeg Shaelyn Stienwandt

Shaelyn is in her final year of the MA program in School Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her Master’s thesis research, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, examines dyadic parent-child interactions and their impact on the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology. She also contributes to parenting program evaluation with Dr. Leslie E. Roos and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Outside of academics, Shaelyn volunteers as a board member for the Manitoba Association of School Psychologists. During free time in the summer you can find Shaelyn on the golf course or at the lake. In the winter she’ll be shredding the slopes on her snowboard or traveling abroad.

headshots_lberardLindsay Berard

Lindsay is a PhD Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program. Working under the advisement of Dr. Corey Mackenzie, Lindsay’s research has explored the process of psychological help-seeking, to better understand when and how individuals come into the mental health system, to identify ways the health system can better support individual needs. Within the Hearts and Minds Lab, Lindsay has contributed to the development and facilitation of the parent skills training programs. A mom herself, Lindsay is passionate about working with mothers and parents to enable them to access the support they need during the perinatal period and while navigating the changes and challenges that come during parenthood.

Lab Coordinator

headshots_mcarevicMateja Carevic

Mateja obtained her Honours degree in Criminology and MA in Sociology at the University of Manitoba. She has several years of experience supporting community-based research concerning the wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including single and teenage mothers, at-risk youth, and newcomer families. As an immigrant woman from Croatia, Mateja is especially interested in immigration issues, with a focus on the barriers new immigrants experience on their path to integration into Canadian society. She has recently been involved in the community-based project with the newcomer serving Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), researching housing and settlement outcomes of immigrants and refugees living in Winnipeg. Mateja has joined the Hearts and Minds Lab in March 2020 where she works as a lab coordinator assisting with lab research projects and activates.

Project Coordinators

headshot_krollinsKathryn Rollins

Kathryn is a Combined MCISc/PhD student in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on parent-led intervention for children who are late-to-talk and how early language interventions influence parent-child interactions. Kathryn previously received a CHRIM Summer Studentship and an Undergraduate Research Award for her work in the Hearts and Minds Lab. When not in front of her laptop, Kathryn can be found enjoying the many outdoor adventures Manitoba has to offer with her family and friends.


Sydney Levasseur-Puhach

Sydney is pursuing an undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Manitoba and hopes to go forward in her studies as a graduate student in the field. She is focused on research concerning Indigenous child and family wellness and culturally safe research methodology. She has been a member of the Hearts and Minds lab since May 2019 where she is supported in her research endeavors. Sydney hopes to pursue a career in mental health care and maintain a connection to her traditional Anishinaabe roots.


Lara Penner-Goeke

Lara is in her final year of an Honours Psychology degree at the University of Winnipeg and a research coordinator for the BEAM project. Her research interests include examining the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology and evaluating parenting interventions, particularly for families facing additional life stressors. In addition to her work in the Hearts and Minds lab, Lara is a research assistant for the Trans Youth Can! project, a national study examining medical, family and social outcomes for transgender youth seeking clinical care. In her spare time, Lara can be found outside hiking and canoeing with friends, family and a dog or two!


Lynette Bonin

Lynette Bonin recently completed her undergraduate psychology honors thesis on maternal dyadic interactions and child stress physiology. Lynette’s lab experience has included creating parenting materials, conducting child assessments, childcare, and video coding. She has more recently been involved with collaborating on contactless assessments and Indigenous youth wellness research. Lynette is currently completing her double major in theatre and studying as a playwright with the Manitoba Theatre Centre. She is interested in cooking, drama-based research, creating theatre, and environmental issues.

Undergraduate Students

Tayla Agostinho
Alanna Beyak (Honours 2021)
Lynette Bonin (Honours 2020)
Edgar Delbert
Victoria Gutscher
Barbie Jain (Honours 2021)
Elbereth Luo (Honours 2021 with Dr. Toby Martin; Emerging Leader Award recipient)
Braeden Mitchell (Honours 2021)
Chhavvy Narendra (Honours 2021)
Michael Newman
Allyson Paton (Honours 2021)
Kailey Penner
Lara Penner-Goeke (Honours 2020; CHRIM summer studentship)
Sherry Peters
Sydney Puhach (Honours 2021; Undergraduate Research Award recipient)
Thomas Rawliuk (Honours 2021)
Julia Sulymka (Honours 2021)
Trevyna William (Honours 2021)

Lab Alumni

Ashley Allan (Honours 2020)
Heidi Barkman (Honours 2020)
Daniella Castro (Honours 2020)
Chantal Delaquis (Honours 2020; Undergraduate Research Award recipient)
Carly McFall (Honours 2020)
Kathryn Rollins (Undergraduate Research Award recipient)