Lab Members

Amarie Carnett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Carnett is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program. She is a doctorate level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Carnett initially trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Texas State University during her master’s program. She completed her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in ABA and communication interventions at Victoria University of Wellington. She has over 10 years of experience working in the field of ABA and Developmental Disabilities. Her research is focused on developing interventions to help individuals develop autonomy within their environments and increase their overall quality of life. She believes this best achieved by interventions that target issues associated to generalization of skills, as well as ensuring social significance through stakeholder participation. Her research interest can be classified into two overlapping categories (1) communication interventions, and (2) adaptive functioning. Dr. Carnett has 34 peer reviewed articles, 21 related to communication interventions, and 13 related to adaptive functioning.

Siobhan Gardiner

Siobhan Gardiner is a full-time postgraduate student at Victoria University of Wellington. Siobhan is in her second year of a Master of Educational Psychology. She is passionate about psychology, working with young people, and education, and aims to complete the postgraduate diploma of educational psychology to become a certified psychologist. Before her masters, in 2018, Siobhan gained a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Psychology and a minor in History. This degree has exposed Siobhan to research, understanding the human mind and behaviours, confirming her passion for understanding and helping others.

Sophia Kennedy

Sophia is in the final stages of her Master of Educational Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. She completed her BA in Psychology minoring in Spanish in 2017. Sophia has worked with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities throughout her studies and is enjoying pairing this experience with academic research. Sophia is passionate about ensuring all people have a voice and is excited about the potential research has to support this.

Rosie Coyle

Rosie is currently completing her final year of the Master of Educational Psychology programme at Victoria University of Wellington. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Psychology in 2019. Rosie has over 6 years of experience working with children in a teaching role, specifically early childhood support teaching and swim teaching for all ages. Rosie also has ongoing part-time employment as a research assistant with a private psychology practice. She has received training in communicative strategies for preschool-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has experience in implementing Individual Education Plans and providing feedback to stakeholders. Rosie’s current research interests are in Augmentative and Alternative Communication modalities and early intervention strategies for communication.


Interested in joining the lab?

Please email amarie.carnett@vuw.ac.nz to express interest in joining the lab.