Sebastian Dys is from Mississauga, Ontario. He enjoys cooking, reading, watching sports, and going on adventures with his dog. He completed his B.A. at Western University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto. In 2019 he joined the postdoc community at the University of Waterloo, primarily for the opportunity to work with his supervisor Dr. Heather Henderson, and to be part of the thriving Psychology Department here.
Working at the Social Development Lab, Sebastian studies why children do or don’t behave prosocially. This includes example behaviours such as instrumentally helping, sharing with, or comforting others. He believes that this is an important question because behaving prosocially is related to a variety of positive outcomes, such as being more accepted by peers, having better self-esteem, and having higher academic achievement. Currently, he is working on multiple projects examining how children's temperamental shyness influences their prosocial behaviour. Recently, he has also been working on disseminating knowledge from this field in accessible, public-friendly ways. To this end, he has created an infographic, titled "Promoting Kindness in Childhood."