Principal Investigator






Postdoctoral Fellow



Graduate Students




Lab Coordinator





Cecile Sunhara (PhD student at SMU with Ben Tabak​)

Emma Galarneau (PhD student at UofT with Tina Malti)

Alexa Meilleur (Master student at UdM)

Current Undergraduate Thesis Students

Alejandra Almarares

Haneen Eldiri


Dr. Bartz completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 2004 with John Lydon at McGill University. She then went on to a Post-doctoral fellowship with Eric Hollander at the Seaver Autism Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. In 2007 she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai, and in 2011 she retuned to McGill University, and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. 

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Broadly speaking, Genta is interested in understanding (1) person and situational influences on personality processes involving perception of others, affect, and interpersonal behavior, (2) intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of personality processes, and (3) perception accuracy. Presently, she is examining whether specific polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) influence interpersonal dynamics between romantic partners in naturally occurring interpersonal situations. Genta completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University in 2012.


Jonas is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology. He is interested in how stress influences our self-perceptions and how we interact with our social environment. To this end, he studies the effects of stress on processes such as empathy, mentalizing, and prosocial helping behaviours. 



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Sonia is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She also completed her BA in Psychology at McGill University. Broadly, Sonia is interested in the relationship between the self and social behaviour. Specifically, she studies how one’s sense of self—the extent to which one knows who they are—influences self-other distinction, particularly in the context of empathy.



Kristina is a PhD student in Social Psychology at McGill University. Her research examines the neurobiological substrates that contribute to the formation and maintenance of social bonds, as well as the influence these mechanisms exert on emotional and physical health. Kristina holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kristina is funded by doctoral fellowships from SSHRC and the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative sponsored by the CFREF.  


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Amy's research focuses on identifying situational factors and individual differences that impair demonstrated empathic accuracy. She is also interested in the relational consequences of fluctuations in empathic accuracy and cognitive empathy, which a specific interest in support provision.


Talya recently graduated from McGill Psychology with a Bachelor of Arts and now works as a lab coordinator for Professor Bartz. She is interested in the biology of human affiliation and eager to learn what affects human sociality, such as stress.