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  • History / Theory Lab
  • History / Theory Lab

Donna Tafreshi




I am a PhD candidate in the History, Quantitative, and Theory program in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. My work focuses on the study of psychometrics, statistics, and research methodology (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed), as well as on the philosophy and history of psychological science.

I completed my MA in Developmental Psychology and continue to also conduct substantive work in the areas of social-cognitive, linguistic, and epistemological development.

For methodological/statistical consulting, please contact via e-mail.

Contact: nta18@sfu.ca 


Viljoen, J. L., Gray, A. L., Shaffer, C. S., Bhanwer, A., Tafreshi, D.,* & Douglas, K.S. (2016). Does reassessment of risk improve predictions? A framework, review, and examination of the SAVRY and YLS/CMI. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/pas0000402

      *Statistical consultant; Generalized Linear Mixed Effects Regression (Multilevel Modeling)

Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., & Neufeld, S. D. (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36,(4), 233-249.

Tafreshi, D. & Racine, T. P. (2016). Children's interpretive theory of mind: The role of mothers' personal epistemologies and mother-child talk about interpretation. Cognitive Development, 39, 57-70.

Tafreshi, D. & Racine, T. P. (2015). Conceptualizing personal epistemology as beliefs about knowledge and knowing: A grammatical investigation. Theory and Psychology, 25(6), 735-752.

Tafreshi, D., Thompson, J. J., & Racine, T. P. (2014). The conceptual-empirical distinction: Optimistic about the study of infant cognition. Human Development, Letters to the Editor: September 3, 2014, 1-6.

Racine, T. P., Wereha, T. J., Vasileva, O., Tafreshi, D., & Thompson, J. J. (2014). The evolution of joint attention: A review and analysis. In M. Pina & N. Gontier (Eds.), The evolution of social communication in primates: A multidisciplinary approach (pp. 127-145). New York: Springer.

Tafreshi, D., Thompson, J. J., & Racine, T. P. (2014). An analysis of the conceptual foundations of the infant preferential looking paradigm. Human Development, 57(4), 222-240.