Jennifer MacMullin

Jennifer MacMullin

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, York University (in progress)
  • Master of Arts, York University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science, University of New Brunswick

Research Interests

My thesis investigated the experience of crisis in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Since mothers of children with ASD experience a wide range of acute and chronic stressors, it is necessary to understand the processes that lead to distress if we are to mitigate the experience of crisis. My thesis specifically examined the impact of child behaviour problems on mothers’ subjective experiences of crisis, and the variables that influence the relationship between child behaviour problems and family crisis. By understanding the factors that lead to crisis, we are then able to target variables that are amenable to change through psychological intervention.

Published Manuscripts

Weiss, J. A., MacMullin, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (in press). Empowerment and parent gain as mediators and moderators of distress in mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Weiss, J. A., Cappadocia, M. C., MacMullin, J. A., Viecili, M. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2012). Psychological acceptance and empowerment as mediators of the impact of problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders on parent mental health. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 16(3), 261-274.

MacMullin, J. A., Tint, A., & Weiss, J. (2011). Professional support and positive gain for mothers of children with ASD. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 17(2), 31-34.

Weiss, J. A., MacMullin, J. A., Waechter, R., & Wekerle, C. (2011). Child maltreatment, adolescent attachment style, and dating violence: Considerations in youths with borderline-to-mild intellectual disability. The International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9(5), 555-576.

MacMullin, J. A., Viecili, M. A., Cappadocia, M. C., & Weiss, J. A. (2010). Parent empowerment and mental health: Understanding parent perceptions of the educational experience. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 16(3), 68-71.

Viecili, M. A., MacMullin, J. A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2010). Predictors of Canadian graduate student interest in the field of developmental disabilities. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 3(4), 190-201

Selected Poster Presentations

MacMullin, J. A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014, March). Electronics use in youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Chicago, IL.

MacMullin, J. A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2012, July). The experience of family crisis and physical health of mothers of children with ASD. Poster to be presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, Halifax, NS.

MacMullin, J. A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2012, May). Predictors of Distress in Mothers of Children with ASD. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, ON.

MacMullin, J. A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2011, June). Family Empowerment and crisis in families of children with ASD. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 72nd Annual Convention, Toronto, ON.

MacMullin, J. A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2011, May). Family empowerment, acceptance, and crisis in families of children with ASD. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, CA.

Funding

  • 2014-2015 SSHRC Sport Participation Research Initiative Grant
  • 2013-2015 SSHRC Doctoral Award
  • 2013 York University Lillian Wright Maternal-Child Health Graduate Scholarship
  • 2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2010 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2010 York University Lillian Wright Maternal-Child Health Graduate Scholarship

Contact

Email: jenmacm@yorku.ca