Principal Investigator

John E. Lydon

Address: 2001 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, H3A1G1

Office: 1459

Lab: 1434




Postdoctoral Fellow


Sabrina Thai

Now more than ever before, we are bombarded with information about other people, providing us with countless opportunities to compare ourselves, the people around us (including our close others such as family members, friends, and romantic partners), and our relationships. How do these comparisons affect our relationships? How do they change the way we see ourselves and the important people in our lives? My program of research explores the impact of these comparisons in the context of close relationships. More recently, I have begun to examine how comparing one’s partner to another person may affect how individuals see alternative romantic partners.

Graduate Students

Hasagani Tissera

My main research interest lies in examining social perception in close relationships. More specifically, I am is interested in investigating how a perceiver’s motives may shape the perception of a target of interest. For instance, how do relationship maintenance motives influence perception of attractive alternatives, who present a threat to one’s romantic relationship?



Dita Kubin

My overall research interests lie within the area of close relationships. More specifically, I am interested in examining intimate relationships from a developmental perspective. I am currently investigating what motivates individuals to seek out, maintain, or leave their romantic relationships, and how different bases of motivation may differentially influence relationship processes and well-being.


Thomas Khullar

My research focuses on disentangling the process of social support in friendships.  I am specifically interested in predicting what constitutes effective support between two friends – in other words, the elements that must be present in a supportive interaction to reduce psychological distress. In an ongoing observational and longitudinal study, I aim to predict changes in psychological well-being over time, from (1) relational variables (e.g., friendship quality), and (2) explicit and nonverbal behaviors observed during a social support interaction between two friends.

Undergraduate Students

Sydney Turk

I am a U2 Honours Psychology student in the Faculty of Arts. My research interests lie in the area of social psychology. Specifically, I am intrigued by the formation, maintenance and dissolution of intimate social relationships, and the motivational and cognitive processes that can be used to help explain individual differences in relationship outcomes. In the future I hope to attain a Ph.D in clinical psychology and work as a psychotherapist with adolescents struggling with various mental health problems. 


Elisabeth Dromer

I am a U3 student majoring in Psychology. So far, my research experience has been focused on health psychology, doing research on couples and cancer, on the links between diabetes and depression, and on behaviours associated with the detection of melanoma. I am very excited to be learning about close relationships and to be working in the Lydon lab! I hope to study counselling psychology next year, and to, later, work in psychosocial oncology.


Pushkar Seewooruttun

I am a U3 student completing an Honours Psychology degree. I am interested in the different factors that are involved forming accurate impressions. More specifically, I want to learn more about the accuracy biases someone in a relationship may use while they are forming an impression of an attractive alternative. Post-graduation, I would like to go to law school. 


Lab Coordinator

Angelica Camacho

Research Assistants

Robby Jenkins                                                     

I am a U3 student in the Honours Psychology program with a minor in Health Geography. I hope to pursue psychotherapy as a career, and my research interests lie in the areas of psychopathology, close relationships, and gender identity. I completed a thesis in the Lydon lab during my U2 year and I am thrilled to continue contributing to its research as a volunteer!          



Viktoriya Manova

Hello, I am a fourth-year student in Psychology and Italian Studies. I plan on pursuing a career in Psychology, and above all, I am excited to discover which facets of this field I prefer! I am interested in the study of anxiety disorders and more recently, in mindfulness-based therapies. I am very excited to be part of the Lydon lab team!



Grace Shin

I am in my final year in my Bachelor of Science, with a major in psychology and a minor in political science. I am excited to be returning to my third year of being an RA at the Lydon Lab!






Negin Zamani

My educational adventure was initiated in the field of Nursing, was continued into Psychiatric Nursing, and currently has anchored in Psychology. As a previous Emergency and Psychiatric Nurse and current Psychology student, I am fascinated by how significant of a role an interdisciplinary approach can play in order to broaden our horizons toward different areas of Science which in turn can lead to better understanding of mental and physical well-being. This is my multicomponent journey, through which I gained field experiences and by working on two research theses with the main focus on Social Psychology, besides my enthusiasm regarding studying clinical issues, I eagerly would like to discover more and more about the building blocks of human behaviors.

IT Assistant

Ramsha Ijaz