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

leslie-roos-photo    ryan giuliano profile

Graduate Students

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 first year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology. She recently completed a MSc in Psychiatry Research at Dalhousie University where she assessed relations between female cannabis use and the menstrual cycle. Her MA thesis research will focus on mothers with mental illness and their young children. Specifically, she will examine relations between mothers who have been taught dialectical behavior therapy and parenting skills with the BRIGE project. After completing her degree, she plans to conduct research and work with the public in a mental health or hospital setting. When not doing clinical/research work, you may spot Kayla going for a walk outdoors or tending to her beloved cats who have many health needs.


headshots_lkaminski.pngLauren Kaminski

Lauren is going into her second 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, particularly for families experiencing poverty and 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.



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!


headshots_sstienwandt.jpeg Shaelyn Stienwandt

Shaelyn is in her first 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. Outside of the University of Manitoba, Shaelyn works for Wirth Behavioural Services and volunteers as a board member for the Manitoba Association of School Psychologists. During her 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 travelling abroad.


Undergraduate Students

Ashley Allan (Honours 2020)
Heidi Barkman (Honours 2020)
Lynette Bonin (Honours 2020)
Daniella Castro (Honours 2020)
Kiana Chubey
Chantal Delaquis (Honours 2020; Undergraduate Research Award recipient)
Elbereth Luo
Carly McFall (Honours 2020)
Chhavvy Narendra
Michael Newman
Allyson Patton
Lara Penner-Goeke (Honours 2020; CHRIM summer studentship)
Sydney Puhach (Undergraduate Research Award recipient)
Kathryn Rollins (Undergraduate Research Award recipient)