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Shanna Williams

Shanna Williams

Sessional On-Campus
Faculty of Arts



2010-2015:   Ph.D. School/Applied Child Psychology - McGill University

2008-2011:   M.A. Educational Psychology - McGill University

2003-2007:   B.A. Psychology - McGill University

Academic Appointments

2016 - Present:          Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow - Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

On The Web


Development of children's lie-telling

Forensic interviewing practices 

Child sexual abuse disclosures



PSYCH 1105: Introduction to psychology, Winter 2019


Stolzenberg, S., Williams, S., McWilliams, K., Liang, C., & Lyon, T. D. (2019). The Utility of Direct Questions in Eliciting Subjective Content from Children Disclosing Sexual Abuse. Forthcoming, Child Abuse & Neglect, 19-8.

Nagar, P. M., Williams, S., & Talwar, V. (2019). The Influence of an Older Sibling on Preschoolers’ Lie‐telling Behavior. Social Development.

Lyon, T. D., McWilliams, K., & Williams, S. (2019). Child Witnesses. Psychological Science and the Law, 157-181.

Williams, S., Ahern, E., & Lyon, T. D. (2017). The Relation between Young Children's False Statements and Response Latency, Executive Functioning, and Truth-Lie Understanding. Forthcoming in Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 17-25.

Leduc, K., Williams, S., Gomez‐Garibello, C., & Talwar, V. (2017). The contributions of mental state understanding and executive functioning to preschool‐aged children's lie‐telling. British Journal of Developmental Psychology35, 288-302.

Williams, S., Leduc, K., Crossman, A., & Talwar, V. (2017). Young deceivers: Executive functioning and antisocial lie‐telling in preschool aged children. Infant and Child Development26, e1956.

Williams, S., Moore, K., Crossman, A. M., & Talwar, V. (2016). The role of executive functions and theory of mind in children’s prosocial lie-telling. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology141, 256-266.

Talwar, V., Crossman, A. M., Gulmi, J., Renaud, S. J., & Williams, S. (2009). Pants on fire? Detecting children's lies. Applied Developmental Science.