Developmental Section: Executive

Jo-Anne LeFevre

Section Chair / Treasurer; Jo-Anne LeFevre

Department of Psychology
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON Canada

Dr. Nicole Sugden is thrilled to serve as the CPA Developmental Section’s chair. She looks forward to spearheading new and restarting obsolesced Honours, Awards, and initiatives to further, support, and share Canadian Developmental Research.

Nicole is a Developmental Researcher whose graduate research at Ryerson University took advantage of the fact that infants are especially interested in social, communicative signals like faces and voices. She examined infants’ natural and diverse daily face experience and how this experience shapes the development of their: (i) attention to faces, (ii) ability to tell the difference between faces, and (iii) brain responses to different types of faces. At the University of British Columbia’s Infant Studies Centre, under the direction of Dr. Janet Werker, Nicole is exploring how infants’ learning and brain development is influenced by their experience with faces and voices.

If you have any feedback, wish to share suggestions, or want to become involved in the section, please contact her at

Nicole A. Sugden, PhD

Past Chair, Nicole A. Sugden, PhD

Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Michelle Guzman-Ratko

Student Representative, Michelle Guzman-Ratko

M.Sc. Candidate in Psychology
University of Liverpool

My name is Michelle Guzman-Ratko and I would like to introduce myself as the new student representative for the Developmental Section. I completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University. I am currently finishing my master’s degree online & part-time in psychology through the University of Liverpool. I will soon be starting a post-graduate certificate through Florida Institute of Technology to complete coursework to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). I work full time as an Instructor Therapist at a private school/IBI clinic for individuals aged 2-18 with developmental disabilities. I have been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for the past three years and love seeing the improvements in my clients.

I am also the person behind the scenes of our Section’s new social media pages. If you are not already following along, here are the links:
Twitter: or @CPA_DevSection

Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for updates from the CPA Developmental Section.