M.A. Student, Psychology
Previous Degrees: B.A. (Honours) Psychology, Saint Mary’s University
My research interests focus on development in childhood and adolescence. I am particularly interested in socialization during these periods and how the role of technology can impact well-being, social networks, and online communication. For my M.A. thesis, I plan to investigate how technology use has influenced social and solitary perceptions and experiences. Currently, I have been involved in research projects on attitudes and normative beliefs about social withdrawal and solitude.
M.A. Thesis Title: TBD
Closson, L. M. & Watanabe, L. (2016). Popularity in the peer group and victimization within friendship cliques during early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 38(3), 327-351. doi: 10.1177/0272431616670753
Other Research Contributions:
Zava, F., Sette, S., Baumgartner, E., Watanabe, L. K., & Coplan, R. J. (2018, July). Preschool children’s understanding and beliefs about hypothetical socially withdrawn peers. Poster presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Queensland, AU.
Watanabe, L. K., Zava, F., Sette, S., Baumgartner, E., Laghi, F., & Coplan, R. J. (2018, May). Young children’s attitudes, beliefs, and responses toward hypothetical socially withdrawn children. Poster presented at Development 2018: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, St. Catharines, ON.
Howlett, M., Lehman, M., Watanabe, L. K., Schmit, P., & Chorney, J. (2017, April). Developing evidence-informed and clinically accessible preparation for pediatric MRI: A needs assessment study. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Portland, OR.
Closson, L. M. & Watanabe, L. K. (2016, April). Popularity in the peer group and victimization within friendship cliques during early adolescence. Poster presented at the Nova Scotia Developmental Psychology Conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS.
Watanabe, L. K. (2016, April). Evaluating others: The power of first impressions. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Psychology Student Conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS.