Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

After completing her bachelor’s degree in criminology, she further refined her research path by completing a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Carleton University. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental and Applied Psychology from the University of Regina. Her research focuses on children’s participation in the justice system and the factors affecting child witness testimony.

Currently, Kaila is working at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto to learn more about how verbal and non-verbal behaviour can distinguish truthful versus untruthful information provide by maltreated and non-maltreated children.


  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto
  • 2014–2017
    University Teaching Fellow/Sessional Lecturer, University of Regina


  • 2017 
    University of Regina, PhD - Experimental and Applied Psychology
  • 2012 
    Carleton University, MA - Forensic Psychology
  • 2010 
    Carleton University, BA (Honours) - Criminology and Criminal Justice


  • 2017
    The “magical” effect of integration on autobiographical memory., Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • 2017
    When an alibi is not enough: An exploration of evidence needed for mock investigators to lay charges in a robbery case. , Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • 2015
    Lineup member similarity influences the effectiveness of a salient rejection option for eyewitnesses, Psychiatry Psychology, & Law
  • 2014
    Eyewitness age and familiarity with the defendant: Influential factors in mock jurors' assessment of guilt, American Journal of Forensic Psychology
  • 2014
    The role of familiarity in recall memory for environments: A comparison of children and adults, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
  • 2014
    Does speed indicate lineup identification accuracy? Examining Children's and Adults' Reaction Time, American Journal of Forensic Psychology
  • 2012
    Influence of eyewitness age and recall error on juror decision making., Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • 2012
    The Culprit in Target-Absent Lineups: Understanding Young Children’s False Positive Responding., Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology