Karen Black

Karen Black

Education

  • Master of Arts, York University (in progress)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

My current research is focused on mindfulness training for children with autism. Specifically, I am using psychophysiological measurement to improve our understanding of the relationship between a child’s report of the helpfulness of mindfulness activities and actual benefit derived from their experience. I am also interested in the development of web and tech-based applications to help increase treatment accessibility for children with emotion regulation difficulties.

Poster Presentations

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Sun, S., Bebko, J., Philipp-Muller, A., Barense, M. & 
Ferber, S. (2016, May). Linking anxiety with behavior in autism: The role of hypersensitivity. Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention (APS), Chicago, IL.

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Sun, S., Bebko, J., Philipp-Muller, A., Johnston, M., Wang, Z., Barense, M. & Ferber, S. (2016, May). The influence of atypical sensory processing and anxiety on ASD symptomatology. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD.

Stevenson, R., Ferber, S., Yeung, L., Hazlett, N., Philipp-Muller, A., Black, K., Wang, Z., & Barense, M. (2016, May). Holistic processing of unfamiliar faces and novel objects in Autism.  International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD.

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Sun, S., Bebko, J., Philipp-Muller, A., Johnston, M., Wang, Z., Barense, M. & Ferber, S. (2016, April). Hypersensitivity influences specific phobia and insistence on sameness in children with but not without autism. Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Conference – Research Special Interest Group, London, ON.

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Sun, S., Bebko, J., Philipp-Muller, A., Johnston, M., Wang, Z., Barense, M. & Ferber, S. (2016). Core diagnostic features of autism are influenced by sensory sensitivities. Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment (LOVE) Conference, Niagara Falls, ON.

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Sun, S., Bebko, J., Barense, M. & Ferber, S. (2015, June). Stable sensory phenotypes in autism influence ASD symptomatology. CVR International Conference on Perceptual Organization, York University, Toronto, ON.

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Bebko, J., Barense, M. & Ferber, S. (2015, May). Sensory processing, anxiety and repetitive behaviour in children with ASD. NeuroXchange Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.

Stevenson, R., Segers, M., Ncube, B., Sun, S., Hazlett, N., Black, K., Ruppel, J., Bebko, J., Ferber, S. & Barense, M. (2015, May). Perceptual binding and audiovisual speech perception in autism spectrum disorders. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Salt Lake City, Utah

Funding

  • 2016 LaMarsh Child/Youth Violence Research Award
  • 2016 Canada Graduate Scholarship -Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • 2016  Kay Sansom Scholarship - Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities
  • 2016 University of Toronto Excellence Award - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • 2015 University of Toronto Undergraduate Research Fund

Contact

Email: krblack@yorku.ca
Twitter: TBA