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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Tanya Karam-Zanders

Associate Teaching Professor

Forensic Psychology

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

2 Simcoe Street - Room 618-B
Downtown Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. N/A


Dr. Tanya Karam-Zanders earned her doctoral degree in cognitive and developmental psychology in 2014 from Louisiana State University in the U.S. She served for two years as Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University (NSU) before moving to Toronto but continues to work for NSU remotely. Dr. Karam-Zanders maintains an active program of research in cognitive psychology. Her research examines various aspects of human memory, including emotionality and memory, meta-cognition and person memory, as evidenced by her publications and conference presentations. Dr. Karam-Zanders also has impressive teaching experience, including a wide variety of psychology courses (e.g. Introduction to Learning, Sleep and Arousal, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Learning and Memory, Thinking and Decision Making) at various universities (Louisiana State University, Northwestern State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Trent University, University of Toronto, and Ryerson University).


  • BA, Psychology University of Waterloo
  • MA, Cognitive and Social Psychology Ball State University
  • PhD, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Louisiana State University

Courses taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology

Research and expertise

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Human memory
  • Emotionality and memory
  • Meta-cognition and person memory