Dr. Johanna Lake


  • Ph.D., McMaster University
  • M.Sc., McMaster University
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Western Ontario


  • Registered Clinical Psychologist, College of Psychologists of Ontario

Research Interests

My current postdoctoral research is broadly focused on the health and well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities. More specifically I am involved in the Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation (SAS:OR) program, studying and delivering cognitive behavioural therapy to children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I am particularly interested in how this therapy affects change in child emotion regulation and parent co-regulation. I am also interested in supporting caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Selected Published Manuscripts

Chalghoumi, H., Cobigo, V., Dignard, C., Gauthier-Beaupre, A., Jutai, J., Lachapelle, Y., Lake, J.K., Mcheimech, R., & Perrin, M. (2017). Information privacy for technology users with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Why does it matter? Ethics and Behaviors, Special Issue. 

Fung, K., Lunsky Y., Lake, J.K., Steel, L., & Bryce, K.  (2017). Evaluation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group intervention to improve health and wellbeing of mothers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Mindfulness. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-017-0846-3

Lake, J. K., Denton, D., Lunsky, Y., Shui, A. M., Veenstra-VanderWeele, J., & Anagnostou, E. (2017). Medical Conditions and Demographic, Service and Clinical Factors Associated with Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Use Among Children with An Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3058-8

Lake, J.K., McMorris, C., & Lunsky, Y. (2016). Specialized and Mainstream Psychiatric or Mental Health Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. In C. Hemmings & N. Bouras (Eds.), Psychiatric and Behavioural Disorders in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. (3rd ed.).

Vogan, V., Lake, J.K., Tint, A., Weiss, J.A., & Lunsky, Y. (2016). Tracking health care service use and the experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual disability: A longitudinal study of service rates, barriers and satisfaction. Disability and Health Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.11.002

Vogan, V., Lake, J. K., Weiss, J., Robinson, S., Tint, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Factors associated with caregiver burden among parents of individuals with ASD: Differences across intellectual functioning. Family Relations. doi: 10.1111/fare.12081

Lunsky, Y., Lake, J.K., Durbin, J., Perry, A., Bullock, H, Morris, S., & Lee, J.S. (2014).  Understanding and improving care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the emergency department.  International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 47, 1-37. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-800278-0.00001-4

Balogh, R., Lake, J.K., Lin, E., Wilton, D., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Disparities in diabetes prevalence and preventable hospitalizations in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population study. Diabetic Medicine. doi: 10.1111/dme.12573

Lake, J.K., Perry, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Mental health services for adolescents and adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder: Underserved and overlooked. Autism Research and Treatment, Article ID 502420 http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/502420

Lake, J.K., Balogh, R., & Lunsky, Y. Polypharmacy profiles and predictors among adults with autism spectrum disorders (2012). Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 1142-1149.

Lake, J.K., Cardy, S., & Humphreys, K.R. (2010). Animacy and word order in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 1161-1164.

Selected Conference Presentations

Lake, J.K., McMorris, C., & Lunsky, Y. Crisis in adults with autism spectrum disorders: antecedents and outcomes. Presented at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

Morris, S., Lake, J.K., Perry, A., & Lunsky, Y. Emergency Department Visits. Presented at the 2013 Annual National Association for Dual Diagnosis Conference.

Denton, D., Lake, J.K., Lunsky, Y., Anagnostou, E., & Veenstra-Vander Weele, J. Treatment Choices in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented at the 2013 American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 60th Annual Meeting.

Lake, J.K., Vogan, V., Sawyer, A., Weiss, J.A., & Lunsky, Y. Parent perspectives on psychotropic medication use and prescribing health care providers among adolescents and young adults with ASD. Presented at the 2014 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Lake, J.K., Azimi, K., & Lunsky, Y. Polypharmacy profiles and predictors among adults with autism spectrum disorders. Presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).


  • 2016 The development of virtual mindfulness groups for adults with ASD and families. Autism Speaks Canada (Role: Co-investigator)
  • 2015 The evolving health and social needs of adults with developmental disabilities and complex mental health problems: A needs assessment project. Ministry of Community and Social Services. (Role: Co-investigator)
  • 2015 PRIV-SENSE: Privacy, security, and ethics of the use of emerging technologies: development and validation of a framework for research and policy, AGE-WELL NCE Inc.  (Role: Co-investigator)
  • 2015 Mom to mom: Evaluation of a group intervention to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers of individuals with ASD. The Women’s College Hospital $15K Women’s Xchange Challenge. (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • 2015 Faculty Teaching Award, Excellence in Small Group Teaching, Mississauga Academy of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • 2011 CAMH Postdoctoral Fellowship Award


Email: jlake@yorku.ca