Annie Mills

Annie Mills


  • Master of Arts, York University (in progress)
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science, McMaster University

Research Interests

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. My master’s thesis will investigate associations between child autism characteristics, parent co-regulation, and observed emotion dysregulation in youth with autism.

Published Manuscript

Hassan, R., Mills, A., Day, K.L., Van Lieshout, R. J., and Schmidt, L. A. (2019). Relations among temperament, familial socioeconomic status and inhibitory control in typically developing four-year-old children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 950-958.

Selected Presentations

Mills, A., Tablon Modica, P. & Weiss, J. (20189, August). Observed Emotion Dysregulation and Frustration Task Success in Youth with Autism. Presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) World Congress, Glasgow, UK.

Mills, A., Tablon Modica, P., Vorobehchik, A. & Weiss, J. (2019, May). Observed Emotion Dysregulation in Children with Autism During a Frustrating Task.  The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.

Mills, A., Hassan, R., & Schmidt L.A. (2018, May). Temperament, SES, and inhibitory control in typically developing four-year-olds. Poster presented at Development 2018 – A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Brock, ON.

Hassan, R., Mills, A., & Schmidt, L.A. (2018, May). Cardiac vagal withdrawal during a frustration task in preschoolers classified with conflicted shyness. Poster presented at Development 2018 – A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Brock, ON. 

Mills, A., Hassan, R., & Schmidt, L. A. (2017, October). Shyness and autonomic regulation in preschool children. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Student Research Award Poster Session, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.

Mills, A., Fortier, P., Hassan, R. & Schmidt, L. (2017, May). Why wait? An investigation of delay of gratification in preschool children. Oral presentation at the Annual Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference, Ottawa, ON.


  • 2019-2020  Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2019-2020  Lilian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Graduate Scholarship
  • 2018-2019  LaMarsh Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2018-2019  Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award Recipient, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Twitter: @annieshawmills