Research Team

Our team consists of primarily clinical-developmental psychology trainees, including PhD and MA level students, and post-doctoral fellows who are supported by the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research. Please contact Dr. Weiss (jonweiss@yorku.ca) if you are interested in volunteering with our lab or to ask about graduate student availability.

PhD Students 

Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson

I am interested in the health and well being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. My MA thesis explored the experiences of parents applying for developmental services for their adult child with developmental disabilities. For my dissertation, I will focus on social support for parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Ami Tint

Ami Tint

My research interests focus on the service needs of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. My MA thesis explored parents’ perceived ability to effectively access services for their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Currently, my dissertation focuses on the service experiences of women with ASD and their families.

Stephanie Ryan (nee Fung)

Stephanie Ryan (nee Fung)

My current interests include research on the patterns of sport participation in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, I am interested in studying the personal and environmental factors affecting sport participation, as well as the psychosocial outcomes associated with sport involvement. I am also interested in studying the prevalence and utilization of mental health services for individuals with ASD.

Victoria Chan (nee Ting)

Victoria Chan (nee Ting)

My current research is focused on parent therapeutic factors in mental health treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, I will develop a conceptual framework of parent therapeutic factors (e.g., parent participation and parent-child alliance) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for children with ASD. This conceptual framework will form the basis of an observational measure I will develop to quantify parent therapeutic factors demonstrated in therapy sessions. Improving our understanding of parent participation and parent-child alliance in therapy can lead to more effective mental health treatment for children with ASD.

Andrea Maughan

Andrea Maughan

I am interested in how families best adapt to and support children with developmental disabilities. For my master’s thesis, I studied how parenting, parent mental health, and the parent-child relationship are impacted when parents of children with autism are involved in their child's therapy. For my dissertation, I am interested in coping and wellbeing in parents and caregivers of children with autism.

Carly Albaum

Carly Albaum

My current research focuses on process factors in cognitive behaviour therapy for children with autism. I am specifically interested in the role of the therapeutic alliance, how child characteristics and therapist skills bolster or rupture this relationship, and how this contributes to treatment change.

Karen Black

Karen Black

My research is focused on emotion regulation and treatment-related predictors of change for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. My Master’s thesis explored how school-age children with autism experience mindfulness activities during cognitive behavioural therapy, using mobile psychophysiological measurement, child-report, clinical characteristics and a comparison, computer- based therapeutic activity. I have also been working on a study examining the effects of classroom-delivered digital game pedagogy for children living in low-income communities.

MA Student 

Annie Mills

Annie Mills

I am interested in the role of emotion regulation processes in the mental health of individuals with developmental disabilities, and how these processes can inform treatment across the lifespan. I am also interested in associations between temperament and psychophysiological variables in individuals with autism, and how these variables might predict treatment outcomes.

Undergraduate Students

Allen Vorobeichik
Mishele Kaplan
Sarah Yong

Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Diana Tajik-Parvinchi

My objective is to lead a line of research aimed at understanding the plastic nature of the human brain and the application of this knowledge to design and develop intervention programs for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. To this end, my prior work has involved different non-invasive methods of exploring the human brain and various intervention approaches for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. My PhD work focused on identifying cognitively driven eye movement patterns in Tourette Syndrome (TS) plus its comorbid conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This research examined neural integrity within the brain. My post-doctoral research at SickKids and McMaster University focused on both neuroimaging research and development of software-based intervention programs for different groups of children. My primary endeavour was centered on understanding the neural circuitry underlying autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, OCD, and cerebral palsy (CP) as well as application of cognitive training approaches to develop two computerized intervention programs for children with ADHD and ASD. My post-doctoral work at York University will be focused on intervention approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescents with ASD.

 

Clinician Scientist

Dr. Johanna Lake, C.Psych

Dr. Johanna Lake, C.Psych

Lab Coordinator

Paula Tablon

Paula Tablon

Research Assistant

Flora Roudbarani

Flora Roudbarani