Research Team

Bryan Sokol, Ph. D.

Upon graduating from the University of British Columbia in 2004, Dr. Bryan Sokol worked for three years as a faculty member in Developmental Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Canada . Dr. Sokol has now moved to St. Louis , Missouri , and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University , his alma mater as an undergraduate and where he met his wife, Melissa, over 18 years ago. His research interests include the development of children's social understanding and socio-emotional competence, empathy and moral agency, and conceptions of selfhood. Dr. Sokol's work has been published in the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, The European Journal of Developmental Science, and Human Development, as well as presented at numerous child development conferences. In 2005, he received awards from the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Moral Education for his Ph.D. dissertation on school-aged children's understanding of agency and moral emotions. Dr. Sokol is currently serving on the board of directors of the Jean Piaget Society, an international scholarly organization promoting developmental research and the study of knowledge, and he is an active member of the Association for Moral Education. He is also co-editor (with Dr. Marvin Berkowitz) of the Journal for Research on Character Education. His research program is supported by funding from the Human Early Learning Partnership, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Roots of Empathy. Dr. Sokol has three children under the age of five (his most recent arriving in September 2007), all of whom have taught him that a Ph.D. in developmental psychology is little guarantee for understanding one's own children.

Curriculum Vitae


Natalie Homa, B.S.

Natalie joined the lab in the fall of 2008 as a graduate student in the Experimental Program in SLU's Psychology Department. She completed a BS in psychology at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea , Ohio . Natalie has presented her work at the American Psychological Society, the Association for Moral Education, and the Society for Research in Child Development. Her research interests include looking at social and emotional development of children from an ecological perspective. She hopes to examine the various systems that influence this development (e.g., attachment, peer relations, school climate).


Stephanie McKenzie, M.A.

Stephanie coordinates the research activities of Dr. Sokol's lab at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where she is a Ph.D. student in the Psychology program. She completed her M.A. at the University of Regina before moving to SFU in 2006.


Stuart Hammond, M.A.

Stuart is a Ph.D. student in the Psychology program at Simon Fraser University where Dr. Sokol holds an adjunct appointment. Stuart completed an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Montreal before coming to SFU in 2005.


Snjez Huerta, B.A.

Snjez is a Ph.D. student in the Psychology program at Arizona State University. She completed her BA in 2008 at SImon Fraser University where she began her work in the lab.


Megan Wilson

Megan joined the lab in the spring 2008 as a volunteer research assistant. She is currently in the third year of her bachelor's degree program at Saint Louis University . Megan plans to attend a graduate program in either psychology or social work.


Katherine Fabrizio, B.A.

Katie joined the lab in the spring of 2008 as a part-time, volunteer research assistant. She completed a BA in psychology from Saint Louis University.. Katie plans to attend graduate school in the near future. She currently works as a full time research assistant at the medical center of Washington University.