The holiday season is quickly approaching and Carleton experts are available to discuss related topics.

If you are interested in speaking with an expert below, please feel free to reach out to them directly. If you require other assistance, please email Steven Reid, Media Relations Officer, at

Robert Coplan
Professor, Department of Psychology at Carleton University


Coplan’s research is in the areas of children’s socio-emotional functioning and developmental psychopathology. In particular, he is interested in the development of shyness, loneliness, social withdrawal, and social anxiety.

He can discuss loneliness during the holidays, how different kinds of people feel differently about being alone during holidays, and how children may be impacted by big holiday gatherings after being isolated during the pandemic.

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Zeba Crook
Professor, Religion at Carleton University


Crook is available to discuss the origins of Christmas, Christian controversies about Christmas, the war on Christmas, and the creation of the earliest Christian narratives about the birth of Jesus.

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Jim Davies
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science and School of Computer Science at Carleton University

Davies is available to discuss the psychology of Santa Claus, willpower and New Year’s resolutions.

As Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, Davies explores computational modelling and artificial intelligence applied to human visual imagination. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds.

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Marina Milyavskaya
Professor, Department of Psychology at Carleton University


Milyavskaya is available to discuss goal setting and New Year’s resolutions.

Milyavskaya’s research examines why people are successful in the pursuit of certain goals, but not others. Her work looks at the factors that promote successful goal pursuit and attainment, as well as self-regulatory mechanisms. Her other research interests include autonomy support, health behaviours, attachment, and well-being across a person’s lifespan.

Milyavskaya is available for English and French interviews. She is unavailable from Dec. 17 to 20.

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Rod Phillips
Professor, Department of History at Carleton University


Phillips is available to discuss the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holidays. Phillips researches the history of wine and teaches the history of alcohol.

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Paloma Raggo
Professor, Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University


Raggo’s research interests include charities, non-profits, organizational accountability and global philanthropy.

She can discuss why people give during the holidays, the importance of this time of year for charities, how inflation could impact giving this year, and the kinds of charities people tend to support over the holidays.

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Farzam Sepanta
PhD Candidate, Building Engineering at Carleton University


Sepanta recently wrote an article in The Conversation discussing how architecture influences our shopping experiences. Sepanta is also available to discuss how to reduce home energy costs while away travelling this holiday.

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