Monika Leeder

Lab Manager

Monika is completing her second BA, majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include social-emotional and moral development, human agency and its development, and issues of belongingness. In the future, she hopes to utilize her knowledge by helping parents understand their children better (via research and/or practice). Outside the lab, she's a mom to a high-spirited 11-year-old and a volunteer with Sources, serving low-income seniors in her community.

Jacob Angeles

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jacob is a fifth-year undergraduate student in the Psychology Honours program at Simon Fraser University. His areas of research interest include early gesture and social development, prosocial behaviour and developmental disabilities. He works as a supervisor at the Canucks Autism Network and he volunteers at the Surrey Hospice Society. He hopes to complete graduate training in clinical psychology and use his experiences to support children and adolescents in his community. Outside of academia, he enjoys reading, music and hanging out with friends.


Cahleigh Kalbfleisch

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Cahleigh is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Alongside her studies in psychology, Cahleigh has worked as a youth support worker for Hollyburn Family Services and volunteers with an organization that supports low-income mothers. Her research interests include attachment, spirituality, addiction, paraphilic disorders, and intervention. Through her endeavors, Cahleigh hopes to eventually apply her research to adapting and developing psychological interventions that address dysfunction holistically. 

Taelor Lay

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Taelor is an undergraduate psychology student and research assistant here at Simon Fraser University. Her areas of research interest lie in mindfulness, prosocial behaviour and mental health protective factors — specifically, Benevolent Childhood Experiences (BCEs). Her work is fuelled by the awareness that her own well-being can be credited, in many ways, to the kindness of the "village" that raised her. She strives to produce and contribute to research that sheds light on ways we can foster well-being both within and amongst ourselves. She looks forward to utilizing — and contributing to — the abundance of meaningful research in psychology to support underserved and underrepresented populations over the course of her career.


Angel Leung

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Angel is an undergraduate student at SFU completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Counselling and Human Development. Her research interests broadly include prosocial behaviour, moral development, and cultural psychology. She's particularly interested in learning more about how moral pride is expressed and socialized across different cultural contexts and family dynamics, as well as if and how this moral emotion can be beneficial to foster stronger community connections. As for her future goals, she hopes to pursue a career where she can continue to provide support and guidance for post-secondary students of all levels. Outside of the lab, she likes to hang out with her friends and cook whatever her heart desires!

Liam McCloskey

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Liam is a fourth-year undergraduate honours student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Counselling and Human Development. His areas of research interests include studying the relationship between psychopathology and moral emotions, emotional development across the lifespan, and adolescent suicidality. After graduating he plans to pursue graduate training in clinical psychology. He currently volunteers at the Crisis Line and works as a Transitional Worker with Coast Mental Health. Outside of school his interests include photography, travelling, sim racing and enjoying all things music!

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