- Doctorate of Philosophy, Developmental Psychology, McMaster University
- Honours Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Medial Biology, Queen's University
I am a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jonathan Weiss’s lab and am involved in the SAS:OR program for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. On this project, I am interested in investigating the impact of CBT-based interventions on parent-child relationships and family well-being. Overall, my research program explores the factors that promote well-being and resilience in families of autistic children, including the impact of engagement in community-based programs for children and youth (i.e. recreation programs, special interest groups, Special Olympics).
Selected Published Manuscripts
Lee, V., Duku, E., Zwaigenbaum, L., Bennett, T., Szatmari, P., Elsabbagh, M., Mirenda, P., Smith, I. M., Ungar, W., Vaillancourt, T., Volden, J., Waddell, C., Thompson, A., and Georgiades, S. (revise and resubmit). The Relationship between Temperament, Symptom Severity and Adaptive Functioning Skills in School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Lee, V., Besada, M., & Rutherford, M. D. (2018). Individual differences in emotional expression discrimination are associated with emotion label production in toddlers. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15(5), 506-516.
Rutherford, M.D, Walsh, J.A., & Lee, V. (2015). Brief Report: Infants Developing with ASD Show a Unique Developmental Pattern of Facial Feature Scanning. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2618-2623.
Lee, V., Boccalon, M., Mancuso, M., Bennett, T.A. and Lipman, E. (August 2019). Swim Instructors’ Perception Towards Teaching Children and Youth with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Poster presented at the World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Lee, V., Duku, E., Zwaigenbaum, L., Bennett, T., Szatmari, P., Elsabbagh, M., Mirenda, P., Smith, I. M., Ungar, W., Vaillancourt, T., Volden, J., Waddell, C., Thompson, A., and Georgiades, S. (May 2018). Temperament mediates the relationship between symptom severity and adaptive functioning in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Lee, V., Bennett, T., Zaidman-Zait, A., Duku, E. Georgiades, S., Szatmari, P., Elsabbagh, M., Mirenda, P., Smith, I. M., Ungar, W., Vaillancourt, T., Volden, J., Waddell, C., Zwaigenbaum, L., Thompson, A., and Pathways in ASD Study Team (April 2018). Predictors of Participation in Sports and Recreational Activities in School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance Leadership Summit 2018, Ottawa, Canada.
- 2018-2019 Autism Research Training Program Fellowship, McMaster University and University of Alberta
- 2017-2019 Brain Canada-Kids Brain Health Network Postdoctoral Fellowship, McMaster University
- 2016-2017 Lawson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University