Our Team


Graduate Student Team:

Lizz's PhotoElizabeth (Lizz) Webster (PhD Candidate)
Lizz is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology. Lizz obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Her Masters research examined the emotions university students experienced as well as how they regulated those emotions during independent studying.Her interests lie in the area of self-regulated learning, with a specific focus on emotion regulation in both individual and collaborative contexts. Her doctoral research extends this work to investigate emotion regulation during computer-supported collaborative learning tasks.

Aishah photo

Aishah Bakhtiar (PhD Candidate)
Aishah joined TIE Lab in 2014 and she is a PhD student in Educational Psychology, focusing on learning and development. Aishah completed her M.Sc. in Developmental Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Previously, she was involved in research surrounding the developmental aspect of mathematical cognitions and memory. Her M.Sc. thesis examined the motivational characteristic differences between procedural and conceptual fraction learners. To extend her interest in academic motivation further, her doctoral research aims to examine learners’ regulation of motivations in the context of collaborative learning.


Sarah Davis (PhD Student)
Sarah joined TIE Lab in 2015. She is a PhD student in Educational Psychology and completed her B.A. in English and her M.A. in School Counselling at the University of Iowa. She has worked in public and private schools, both urban and rural, in England, Canada, and the US as an English teacher, school counsellor, gifted educator, and grant manager. Her M.A. thesis explored the effect of a gifted program on minority students. Her research interest is to examine the impact of mental health issues on adolescent learning.

Joshua Meyer (PhD Student)

2014-11-14 22.36.12Shayla Starcheski (MA Candidate)
Shayla is in the second year of her MA in Educational Psychology. She received her BA from the University of Nevada, Reno in Psychology, but her minor in Human Development & Family Studies spiked her interest in education and she decided to pursue those interests at UVic. Shayla’s research is focused on examining the reasoning behind learners choices regarding collaborative support, specifically using group roles.

IMG_0485Becca Edwards (MA Candidate)
Rebecca is a second year MA student in Educational Psychology. She graduated from Tufts University with a BSci in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. After graduating, she spent several years teaching kindergarten/preschool and then interning in school psychology. Rebecca is excited to be pursuing her MA and investigating mental models.


Sherry Huang (MA Candidate)
Sherry is a second year MA candidate in Educational Psychology. She received her BA in psychology at Beijing Normal University. Sherry’s research examines cross-cultural differences between Chinese and Canadian students and the challenges they face in learning.

Research Associates:

IMG_2074_CroppedDr. Mariel Miller
Mariel’s interests lie in supporting university success particularly with the use of technology. Her SSHRC funded doctoral research examined how computer-supported collaborative learning technologies, such as scripting and visualization tools, can support teams to regulate their learning both individually and together. Mariel currently works at Technology Integrated Learning (TIL) at the University of Victoria providing faculty support and consulting for classroom use of educational technologies.


Graduate Student Alumni:

Mariel Miller, PhD 2016
MA Thesis (2009)Predicting university students’ performance of a complex task: does task understanding moderate the influence of self-efficacy?
Dissertation (2015): Leveraging CSCL technology to support and research shared task perceptions in socially shared regulation of learning

Lindsay McCardle, PhD
Dissertation (2015): Self-regulated learning in and across sport and academic domains

Maryi Arciniegas Méndez, M.Sc.
Thesis (2016): Regulation in Software Engineering

Stephanie Helm (MA)
Thesis (2012): An Exploration of elementary students’ task understanding: how do young students understand the school activities they are assigned?

Amy Gendron (MA)
Thesis (2011): Active procrastination, self-regulated learning and academic achievement in university undergraduates.

Mika Oshige (MA)
Thesis (2009): Exploring task understanding in self-regulated learning: Task understanding as a predictor of academic success in undergraduate students

Rachel Morris (MA)
Thesis (2008): The effectiveness of roles, scripts and prompts in promoting reading comprehension during computer-supported collaborative learning.

Meghann Fior (MA)
Thesis (2008): Self and collective efficacy as correlates of group participation: A comparison of structured and unstructured computer-supported collaborative learning conditions

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