Lab Members

Current Graduate Students

Jordan Ho, MA Student

Undergraduate: Honours B.Sc. in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University (2012–2016)

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"My research interests fall broadly under personnel selection and job applicant behaviour. My Master's thesis recently examined how people may be more willing to use deception (i.e., fake) when they perceive fierce competition for the job. In my PhD, I hope to study how faking might unfold dynamically throughout the selection process. Furthermore, I am interested in examining the implications of faking, such as whether applicants who fake more during selection also fare poorly on the job. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to network."

Melissa Pike, MA Student

Undergraduate: Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Calgary 






"Some of my research interests are topics such as personality detection, interviews, impression management, and dark personality traits. My master's research focuses on personality detection in job interviews and how we can improve employers' ability to do so."

Brooke Charbonneau,   MA Student

Undergraduate: Honours B.A in Art History and French from Queen's University, with a Major in Psychology from the University of Guelph.




"[Brooke's] Master's thesis focuses on the use of deceptive impression management in the interview, and how this affects new employees' experiences on the job".

Irene Zhang, MA Student

Undergraduate: Honours B.A. in Psychology, from the University of Western Ontario (2014-2018)

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"My research centers around the use of personality assessments in the organizational hiring process. I am interested in qualitative and quantitative methods, person perception, careless responding, and impression management. My honours thesis investigated whether intelligence in combination with the Dark Triad (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) could predict deceptive work behaviours. With the support of a SSHRC grant in 2018-19, I'm looking forward to joining Dr. Powell's lab and choosing a Master's thesis topic!".

Past Graduate Students

Where are they now?

Leann Schneider, Product Manager at

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"Plum combines I/O Psychology and AI to help organizations select, develop, and retain the best people. I work with my colleagues on the Product Team to gather feedback from sales and marketing on customer and prospect needs, coordinate with our R&D team to build out the science, design and conceptualize the product, then collaborate with development to build it."

Eugenie, HR Generalist for Nespresso

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"After completing my Master's Degree, I moved back to my hometown, Montreal to work in the field of Human Resources. As a HR professional, I get to interact with people on a daily basis with goal of finding innovative ways to support both the employees and the business, which I find extremely fulfilling. I currently work as a HR Generalist for Nespresso Canada in Montreal and I love what I do!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to network!"

Current Honours Thesis Students

Madeline Reed

Benjamin Sim

Laura Davidson