SAS:OR Team

Our Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation (SAS:OR) Program team consists of primarily clinical-developmental psychology trainees, post-doctoral fellows, and research assistants. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Weiss (jonweiss@yorku.ca) if you are interested in joining the team!

SAS:OR Supervisors

Andrea Maughan

Andrea Maughan

I've had the opportunity to be involved in SAS:OR program for 5 years as leader. I'm a PhD student in Dr. Weiss' research lab, and I'm researching coping and wellbeing in parents/caregivers of children with autism.

Victoria Chan

Victoria Chan

I'm a PhD student in Dr. Weiss' lab, and I've had the opportunity to be involved in SAS:OR as a researcher, therapist, and clinical supervisor. My research is focused on parent involvement in mental health treatment for children with autism.
 

Dr. Jonathan Leef

Dr. Jonathan Leef

Also a SAS:OR Assessor and Therapist

I'm a Research Associate in Dr. Weiss' lab. I'm currently in the process of becoming a registered psychologist (supervised practice) with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I'm excited to be a part of the SAS:OR program as a therapist, assessor and supervisor.

SAS:OR Assessors

Annie Mills

Annie Mills

Aso a SAS:OR therapist

I am a MA student in Dr. Weiss' lab. 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 how physiological arousal may be associated with emotion regulation and help predict treatment outcomes for individuals with autism. 
Carly Albaum

Carly Albaum

Aso a SAS:OR therapist

I'm a PhD student in Dr. Weiss' lab, and I've had the opportunity to be involved in SAS:OR program for the past 5 years as a researcher and a therapist. My research is focused on the relationship children have with their therapist and the importance of this relationship for treatment outcomes in therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

 

Julia Martini

Julia Martini

I'm a research assistant in Dr. Weiss' lab. My current research interests include exploring the factors that influence emotion regulation development in children with developmental disabilities. I am also interested in program evaluation that focuses on increasing strengths and that incorporates the perspectives and experiences of those with developmental disabilities and their families.
Karen Black

Karen Black

Also a SAS:OR therapist

I'm a PhD student in Dr. Weiss' lab and I've been involved with the SAS:OR program for 3 years. My research is focused on understanding how pathways in the brain are involved in emotion regulation for children with neurodevelopmental conditions, and how these pathways are related to treatment response. I'm also investigating whether using advanced neuroimaging methods in addition to behavioural reports can help us to predict which children are most likely to respond to SAS:OR, and why.

Flora Roudbarani

Flora Roudbarani

I've been working as a research assistant in Dr. Weiss' lab since June 2016. I'm excited to be starting my MA in the Fall of 2019 to continue my work in the SAS:OR Program, and researching emotion regulation, mindfulness and mental health in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Ava Pouyandeh

Ava Pouyandeh

I’m a research assistant in Dr. Weiss’ lab. I have always been passionate about exploring the factors influencing emotion regulation in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, investigating parental involvement in youths’ mental health treatments, as well as developing my clinical skills. I am thrilled to be a member of the SAS:OR team!

Caroline Summers

Caroline Summers

I'm a research assistant in Dr. Weiss' lab. I enjoy working with children and youth in clinical and research settings. My research interests include mental health issues in children with autism and their impact on families. I am excited to be joining the team!

Paula Tablon

Paula Tablon Modica

I have been working as the lab coordinator for Dr. Weiss's lab and the SAS:OR program since June 2016. Being a part of this research lab has provided me with many opportunities to develop my clinical skills, as well as explore mental health and wellbeing in families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. I'm interested in implementing and evaluating programs, like SAS:OR, in the community.

SAS:OR Therapists

Bianca Bondi

Bianca Bondi

I'm a MA student in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology stream. My research explores the neurodevelopment of young children exposed prenatally to substances, with a special consideration of the cumulative risk and protective factors that these children are exposed to. My work is embedded at Breaking the Cycle, an identification and prevention program that reduces risk and enhances development in substance-exposed children, with an overall focus on the mother-child relationship and early intervention.

Elizabeth Wanstall

Elizabeth Wanstall

I'm a MA student in the Clinical-Developmental Neuropsychology program. My research looks at new ways of measuring executive functions in children with neurodevelopmental conditions, such as ADHD. I have a background in education and teaching, where I spent a lot of time working in special education classrooms with students of all ages and challenges. I am so excited to be a member of the amazing SAS:OR team!

Marie Hooper

Marie Hooper

I am a doctoral student at York in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program. My research looks at family experiences (parent and siblings) of children with complex neurological, medical needs. I currently serve on the Family Advisory Committee at Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital. I currently work part-time at the Hospital for Sick Children conducting research with families and children experiencing complex mental and physical health challenges. I live in Toronto with my husband, two young children, and my cat, Logan!

Melody Asghari

Melody Asghari

I am a PhD student in the Clinical Developmental Psychology Program at York University. My research focuses on adolescent development and mental health with a central focus on interpersonal relationships, specifically peer groups and romantic relationships. I am very excited to be joining the SAS-OR team! 

Rachael Lyon

Rachael Lyon

I am a Master's student in the Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology program. My graduate research looks at how executive functions develop and interact with symptoms of inattention and impulsivity in young people over time. Currently, I work part-time at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health doing research assessments with teenagers and young adults with ASD and mental health challenges. I am delighted to be a part of the SAS:OR team!

Shaylea Badovinac

Shaylea Badovinac

I am a PhD Student in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. My research studies how parents help infants and toddlers develop emotion regulation skills. In my free time, she loves baking, playing soccer, and reading.

Tracy Fabri

Tracy Fabri

I am currently completing MA in Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology and is working towards a PhD. She greatly enjoys working with children, youth, and their families in both clinical and recreational roles. I am excited to bring my experience and excitement to the SAS:OR team and looks forward to working with the new Secret Agent Society recruits!

Thank you to all the families who are currently participating, and have participated, in the SAS:OR Program!