Our Early Development Research Group staff coordinate between our seven centers and communicate with families about participating with us. Read below about our amazing staff members.
Pronouns: She/Her/HersChantel recently completed her B.A. as a Psychology major with a minor in Special Education at the University of British Columbia in 2023. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she became actively involved with the UBC Early Development Research Group through various positions and has previously worked as a research assistant for both the Centre for Cognitive Development and at our EDRG central office. Outside of the EDRG, Chantel has also been involved in other organisations both on and off campus - having held leadership positions in student clubs such as the UBC Arts Undergraduate Society, and having worked part time as a preschool teacher. As our Recruitment Coordinator, Chantel is responsible for managing shared resources between our 7 centres and coming up with recruitment initiatives to promote our studies here at the EDRG. Enthusiastic to engage with parents and families, Chantel is happy to answer any questions about participating at our centres. In her free time, she enjoys various hobbies such as painting, photography and music, and is also a member of a competitive hip-hop dance team in Vancouver.
Lucia Youka Munoz Murakami
Pronouns: She/Her/HersLucia completed her H.B.Sc as a Psychology Specialist student at the University of Toronto in 2021. During her undergraduate degree, she previously worked with the Biopsychosocial Investigations of Gender Laboratory (BIG Lab) as a Research Assistant under Dr. Doug P. VanderLaan; where she was the first author of a published study that assessed whether a Child Behavior Checklist 10-item screener could investigate the association between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Childhood Gender Variance in non-clinical populations. Lucia is excited about working as Hospital Recruiter for the Early Development Research Group (EDRG). She visits mothers in the Children’s hospital maternity wards to recruit newborns and their older siblings for EDRG studies and is overjoyed in gaining more experience in developmental psychology research. In her free time, Lucia enjoys various hobbies such as stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, fantasy adventure novels and shows and baking.