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Development, Context, and Communication Lab


Dr. Lindsay C. Malloy

Lab Director

Dr. Lindsay C Malloy

Dr. Lindsay C. Malloy received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2008. She completed postdoctoral training in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, U.K. Prior to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor in 2017, she was a faculty member at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (2011 to 2017). Her research addresses questions concerning children’s and adolescents’ disclosure of negative or traumatic experiences, cognitive and socio-contextual influences on children’s memory and narratives, investigative interviewing and interrogation techniques, and implications of research findings for the legal system. Her scholarship is widely cited in both forensic and developmental psychology and has appeared in amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also co-editor of a 2011 volume concerning children’s testimony for academics and legal practitioners (Wiley). Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She received the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the Diane J. Willis Early Career Award from Division 37 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Malloy has held academic positions in the US, UK, and Canada and currently serves as Member at Large of the American Psychology-Law Society. Her TED talk on police interrogations with juvenile suspects has been viewed over 1 million times.

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Current Graduate Students

Sara Caro Arroyave

Sara Caro Arroyave

Sara completed her B.A. in Forensic Psychology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2017. She is a Master’s student at UOIT under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay Malloy. Her research interests include children’s disclosure of peer and adult wrongdoing, children’s disclosure recipients, and investigative interviewing techniques. She will be studying children’s decisions to disclose peer wrongdoing, and children’s tendency to disclose both peer and adult wrongdoing to peer disclosure recipients during the summer of 2019.

Lillian Rodriguez-Steen

Lillian Rodriguez-Steen

Lillian completed her B.A. in Psychology with a focus in Developmental Forensic Psychology at the University of Toledo in 2016. She is a Ph.D student in the Direct Entry Doctoral program here at UOIT working with Dr. Lindsay Malloy. Lillian’s research is focused on the intersection of developmental and forensic psychology, child witnesses, and investigative interviewing. Currently, she is investigating methods through which children’s appropriate “I don’t understand” responses can be encouraged in investigative interviews. She hopes to use her research to inform policy makers and all those who question or work with children (e.g., researchers, teachers, doctors) on best practice guidelines for interviewing children.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Mark Snow

Mark is a first year Forensic Psychology PhD student at UOIT. He received a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2016, and a MSc in Forensic Psychology from UOIT in 2018. Mark is currently working in the Applied Law Enforcement and Training (ALERT) Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Eastwood ( As a research affiliate of the DCC Lab, Mark is actively involved in research examining law enforcement interactions with both seniors and juveniles. More broadly, Mark’s research interests include police interviewing procedures, perceptions of witness credibility (particularly within an alibi assessment context), and emotional memory.

Lab Alumni

Andrea Arndorfer

Former doctoral student
Assistant Professor at California State University, Fresno, CA

Allison P. Mugno

Former doctoral student
Assistant Professor at Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL

Daniella Villalba

Former doctoral student

Jessica E. Sutherland, Ph.D

Former postdoctoral scholar
Assistant Professor, York University