Meet The Lab

Current PhD Students
Current Research Assistants
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Research Assistant

Haleh Hashemi

Haleh is a fourth-year student at York University, currently pursuing a specialized honours B.Sc in psychology. Her dream is to attend graduate school and eventually become a clinical psychologist, pursuing both her passion for research and clinical practice. She is currently working on her thesis in the OUCH lab on neonatal pain-related distress and pain regulation in relation to parental care. In addition, Haleh is interested in decision-making and motivation which is why she was initially drawn to the research conducted at the Well-being Research Laboratory. As a research assistant, she has the opportunity to be involved in many different research projects while exploring her interest in the realm of human motivation. In her free time, Haleh enjoys drawing and painting water-colour, volunteering for extracurriculars and spending time outdoors, even if it’s just for a short walk down the trail.


Research Assistant

Tia Kleiner

Tia just completed her fourth year in the specialized honours program in psychology at York University. She loves research, and is interested in the use of psychological interventions to help people create meaningful and productive lives. Her goal is to attend graduate school and combine her love of learning, reading, and psychology to become a research psychologist. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, being in nature, and playing tennis and golf. 

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Research Assistant

Charlotte Kerr

Charlotte is now in her fourth year of the specialized honours program in psychology. As a career, she is interested in the field of education and using psychological principles to enhance students’ experiences at all levels of study. Additionally, she enjoys working with her team members in the lab to uncover socially based psychological insights that can optimize individuals’ personal outcomes in multiple areas of life. In her volunteer research position, she performs administrative, clerical and research tasks. Thus far, Charlotte has focussed on literature reviews and coding data. In addition, she has attended a conference and contributed to publications. A fun fact about her is that she loves to read!

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Research Assistant

Aditya Tolani

Aditya or Adi is a third year university student at the Schulich School of Business. He is looking to major in Marketing with a minor in Operations Management for his last two years at Schulich. His interest in the lab stemmed from Dr. Mead’s Marketing 1000 class where he was introduced to the psychological side of marketing. Ever since Adi joined the lab, his skills in research and his understanding of marketing has increased. In the future he hopes to combine his interest in Marketing and his love for STEM in the Data Analytics side of Marketing. He loves chess, Streetwear, Tacos and Music.


Research Assistant

Ramtin Zafarmoghaddam

Ramtin recently graduated with an Honours BA in Psychology. His research interests include the local ladder effect on happiness and cognitive behaviour therapy to reduce depressive symptoms. His goal is to attend graduate school in the field of psychology and medicine. In his free time, he enjoys camping, weightlifting, and investing. 


Research Assistant

Michael Lochner

Michael is entering his third year of study at York University, currently pursuing an honours B.Sc in psychology. He is interested in learning about self-control through research and is specifically intrigued to understand its underlying neuroscientific basis. He aims to further his understanding of behavioural neuroscience or clinical psychology within graduate school, in hopes of contributing to the lives of others, whether through a research or clinical perspective. His volunteer experience includes working as a peer tutor and currently a peer tutor coordinator with the Undergraduate Psychology Student Association. During his free time, he enjoys going on bike rides, playing hockey, journaling and watching movies.

Lab Alumni

Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

Jay Zenkic

Jay is a Lectur at Deakin University having submitted his PhD thesis in July of 2021. His research interests are in the realm of financial decision-making and well-being, particularly for vulnerable consumers. He has won the Association for Consumer Research Sheth Dissertation Award for his thesis research.


Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

Hanieh Naeimi

Hanieh was the former lab manager of the Well-being Research Lab and is now pursuing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in researching the determinants of well-being at different levels, whether it is in close relationships or in communities.

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Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University

Anika Stuppy

Anika Stuppy has completed her PhD in Marketing Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University after which she joined the Marketing group at Tilburg University as an Assistant Professor. Her research activities focus on hedonic experiences and explore what people feel and think while consuming products, services, or entertainment media and have been published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Marketing Science Working Paper Series.

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Former Research Assistants
Sayuri Amarasinghe

Clinical Research Coordinator at BioPharma Services

Lily James

Lecturer & PhD Candidate at The University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion

Jessica D'avedor
Gunraj Sidhu