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Victoria Heather  Fritzley

Dr. V. Heather Fritzley has been a full-time faculty member at Sheridan for more than 15 years. Heather received her doctorate in social psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2006. Her research interests include the effect of various questioning techniques on young children’s responses and young children’s eyewitness abilities. She teaches a variety of psychology courses, including Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, the Psychology of Cults, the Psychology of Prejudice, Forensic Psychology and the Psychology of Good and Evil. She is very passionate about the quest for knowledge and believes strongly in the idea that the best teachers are the ones who are always learning themselves. She was nominated for TVO’s Best Lecturer Award in 2010 and was nominated for and won Sheridan’s Transformative Learning Award in 2019.

Heather is also an avid photographer and fitness/sports enthusiast. 

Selected Publications:

Baron, R., Branscombe, N., Byrne, D., & Fritzley, V. H. (2011). Mastering Social Psychology (1st Canadian ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Ltd.
Ciccarelli, S., White, J. N., Fritzley, V. H., & Harrigan, T. (2016). Psychology: An Exploration. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Ltd. 
Fritzley, V. H., Lindsay, R. C. L., & Lee, K. (2013). Young children’s response tendencies toward yes-no questions concerning actions. Child Development, 84 (2), 711 – 725.
Fritzley, V. H., Okanda, M., Itakura, S., & Lee, K. (2011). Children’s Responses to Yes-No Questions. In M. Siegal & L. Surian (Eds.), Access to Language and Cognitive Development. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Fritzley, V. H. & Lee, K. (2003). Do young children always say yes to yes-no questions?- A metadevelopmental study of affirmation bias. Child Development, 74 (5), 1297 – 1313.