At the Applied Moral Psychology Lab at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, we investigate novel applications of moral psychology findings & basic questions about moral cognition and moral psychology in language.

Our topics and collaborators are multidisciplinary, including cognitive science, philosophy, linguistics, sub-fields of psychology (social, clinical, political, and moral psychology), neuroscience, and organizational behavior.

Lab Coordinator 

Cristina Leone Cristina graduated from the University of Toronto as a double-major in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. She has a strong interest in causal cognition and clinical psychology. Her prior research experience includes assisting with coordination of clinical trials using neurofeedback at an anxiety clinic, and running studies on social connectedness and quality of life among World War 2 and Korean War veterans at Sunnybrook Veterans’ Hospital. Before her position as Lab Coordinator, she was a Research Assistant in the the Applied Moral Psychology lab and contributed to data analysis, manuscript editing, experiment programming, and literature reviews.

Research Assistants

Louisa (Zi) You Louisa is an 3rd year undergraduate student in Peace, Conflict, and Justice with a strong interest in the intersection of psychological research and political policy. She aims to merge the two subjects in future projects and graduate studies.

Michael Warchol Michael is a 4th year undergraduate double majoring in Political Science and European Studies and has a keen interest in humanitarian action and emergency management. He is a qualified first aid instructor and has previously worked as a student border services officer at Pearson International Airport. Following receipt of his degree from the University of Toronto, Michael is looking forward to using his experience in medical response, law enforcement, and high-pressure environments to help address the problem of operational stress injury in first responders.

Zissis Hadjis Zissis is a first-year Master’s of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy who recently earned his Honours BSc from the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Science with a specialization in Neuroscience. Zissis is interested in public and global health, and hopes to help shape health policy in Canada and abroad in the future. Additionally, Zissis has experience as a volunteer medical first responder with St. John’s Ambulance in Ottawa.

Natalie Boychuk Natalie is a 4th year undergraduate; following receipt of her degree from the University of Toronto in Peace, Conflict, and Justice studies, Natalie will pursue her Master’s in Public Health next year. Natalie’s previous research experience included deep survey of the clinical literature on PTSD in low-income contexts. She is involved in a large-scale qualitative project examining the features involved in entrepreneurial activity around the world.

Lab Alums

Gina Roussos Postdoctoral researchers now at Diversity Science, Portland, OR


Research Assistants 

Description: The Applied Moral Psychology lab (PI: Dr. Laura Niemi) is looking to hire paid Research Assistants in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Term of appointment is for two months: April 1 – June 30.  More details will be posted shortly. Contact: Laura Niemi, Ph.D. ( Location: 315 Bloor St W., Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.