Caitlin MahyJob Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Psychology Department, Brock University
Undergraduate Degree: HBSc Psychology Research Specialist
Graduating Year: 2007
My interest in developmental psychology began early in my undergraduate degree when I realized that I could combine my interests in experimental research and children's early development. I worked in several psychology labs at U of T and had a part time job that helped children to develop fine and gross motor skills. I was fascinated by the developmental changes that occurred in the preschool years. After completing my undergraduate degree in the Psychology Research Specialist program at U of T, I pursued a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Oregon. During this time, I studied the development of prospective memory in preschoolers and how children's self-regulation affected their ability to remember to carry out intentions under the supervisor of Dr. Lou Moses. I completed my PhD in 2012 and continued my research as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Geneva in Switzerland joining Dr. Matthias Kliegel's laboratory. In 2014, I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Brock University.
How has your U of T Psychology degree helped you throughout your career?
My experiences at U of T set the foundation for my career in psychological research. Getting involved in research projects with children in the psychology labs at U of T allowed me to identify my passion for developmental psychology and specifically my interest in young children's cognitive development. The coursework and mentorship that I received during my degree, gave me the skills that I needed to succeed as a graduate student.
Do you have any advice for current Psychology students?
My advice to undergraduate students considering a research career is to get as much experience in different labs as possible as an undergraduate student. You'll soon realize where your research interests lie (or just as important, where they do not lie) and learn about how different labs function. This type of experience will allow you to make the best decision
for where to apply to graduate school and what to look for in a potential advisor.