People at the Centre

Find out more about the team behind the CCD!

Faculty and Students

Darko Odic,
Associate Professor
darko.odic@psych.ubc.ca

Dr. Darko Odic, Director (CV)

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia


Email: darko.odic@psych.ubc.ca

Personal Website: odic.psych.ubc.ca


Denitza Dramkin,
Graduate Student,
ddramkin@psych.ubc.ca


Denitza Dramkin, Graduate Student

Humans are remarkably intuitive. Even before we learn to count or measure, we can rapidly judge which plate has more cookies on it or which slice of cake is bigger. How does the acquisition of language enrich and change our abilities to reason about the world around us? Denitza explores this puzzle by examining the interface between language and perception, including the mechanisms that support children's abilities to attach number words to intuitive perceptual magnitudes. She also explores how we reconcile competing visual and linguistic cues, and the role of language in guiding attention to a subset of possible mental representations.


Email: ddramkin@psych.ubc.ca

Personal Website: ddramkin.wixsite.com/denitzapdramkin


Eloise West,
Graduate Student,
ewest@psych.ubc.ca


Eloise West, Graduate Student

Development doesn’t happen in isolation - children simultaneously learn many skills. For example, in just a few months, a crawling, babbling infant becomes an independent, walking, talking toddler. Eloise is interested in how different areas of change interrelate: does one ability forge the way for another? When and how does new knowledge alter our behavior? Her recent work explores how children’s developing understanding of language interfaces with other areas of cognition, including attention, perception, mental representation, metacognition, confidence, and certainty.


Email: ewest@psych.ubc.ca


Maria Brandao,
Graduate Student,
mbrandao@psych.ubc.ca


Maria Brandao, Graduate Student

Noticing mistakes is a very important step when we are learning new things. This way, they can be evaluated and corrected. While learning math, catching errors can be an especially hard task for children. How can they know if an answer is correct when there is an infinite number of possibilities? Maria is interested in understanding how children generate, test, and revise predictions in math using their intuitive number sense, an ability that every child is born with. Her research will also explore how children with math-specific learning disabilities are affected in this process and how different kinds of cognitive intervention can be used to improve their math abilities.


Email: mbrandao@psych.ubc.ca


Miranda Long,
Graduate Student,
mlong@psych.ubc.ca


Miranda Long, Graduate Student

Mathematics can be challenging. Although we are exposed to basic mathematical concepts from an early age and receive formal education on the subject for years, many students still struggle. So, why is math so difficult? Why do some students struggle more than others? Miranda investigates these questions by exploring how we come to understand an early mathematical concept, numbers. More specifically, Miranda’s research explores how young children map the abstract concept of number to the symbols and words that represent them as well as how knowledge from other domains affects the development of number sense.


Email: mlong@psych.ubc.ca

Staff and Research Assistants

Research Coordinator

Natalia Modzelik,
Coordinator,
ccd.coordinator@ubc.ca

Natalia Modzelik, Research Coordinator

Natalia is responsible for all day-to-day aspects of the Centre, including calling parents, running studies, and coordinating all of the research assistants. If you are ever in doubt of who to contact, contact Natalia!


Email: ccd.coordinator@ubc.ca

Current Research Assistants

Ahad Zafar
Research Assistant

Aimee Lutrin
Directed Studies

Alice Erchov
Research Assistant

Alysha Alimohamed
Research Assistant

Anna Gao
Directed Studies

Chantel Wan
Research Assistant

Charlotte Sulek
Research Assistant

Eliscia Sinclair
Directed Studies Student

Elshen Ebadi
Research Assistant

Isabella Schoettler
Research Assistant

Jillian Knaus
Research Assistant

Jordan Hassett
Directed Studies

Kaja Bakken
Research Assistant

Karin Kermani
Research Assistant

Kiana Rashidi
Research Assistant

Lisa Yu
Research Assistant

Martyna Siwocha
Research Assistant

Megan Toi
Research Assistant

Renata Morones
Research Assistant

Robyn Armstrong
Research Assistant

Steffi Lau
Honours Student

Tanya Pardiwalla
Research Assistant

Tasmia Jahan
Research Assistant

Alumni


Carolyn Baer,
Graduate Student (2015 - 2020),
cebaer@psych.ubc.ca


Carolyn Baer, Graduate Student (2015 - 2020)

Carolyn was in the lab from 2015 - 2020, and studied how children learn about the world around them and act as social agents, including how children reason about their own confidence, and whether this relates to their ability to evaluate others. Archeologists in the year 3020 are still digging up Carolyn's to-do post-it notes from the earth, trying to decypher their mythical powers of productivity.

Email: cebaer@psych.ubc.ca

Personal Website: cebaer.wix.com/carolyn-baer


Cory Bonn,
(Post-Doc)


Cory Bonn, Post-Doc (2018 - 2020)

Cory was in the lab from 2018 - 2020, working on projects investigating the processes that give rise to our visual sense of number, as well as developing novel statistical techniques (through the Data Science Initiative) for missing data in developmental psychology. After he left, the lab's collective knowledge of Python dropped by around 100% for a few months.

Personal Website: corydbonn.github.io/

Interested in Joining the Centre?

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our research team!

If you are interested in applying to be a graduate student or post-doc, please contact Dr. Odic directly.

If you'd like to volunteer in the lab as a Research Assistant, please email us at ccd.joinus@ubc.ca Somebody from the lab will email you back once we have open slots. Please keep in mind that we can only accept UBC students as volunteers in our lab.

Interested in finding out even more?

We'd love to have you at the Centre, either as a participant in one of our studies or as a member of the lab!