Karen Black

Karen Black

Education

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

Research Interests

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. 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 lining in low-income communities

Published Manuscripts

Stevenson, R. A., Philipp-Muller, A., Hazlett, N., Wang, Z. Y., Luk, J., Lee, J., Black K., Yeung L., Shafai F., Segers M., Barense M., & Ferber, S. (2018). Conjunctive visual processing appears abnormal in autism. Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 2668.

Weiss, J., Thomson, K., Burnham Riosa, P., Albaum, C., Chan, V., Maughan, A., Tablon, P. & Black, K. (2018). A randomized waitlist controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy to improve emotion regulation in children with autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 59(11), 1180-1191.

Jenson, J., Black, K., & de Castell, S. (2018). Digital Game-Design: Effects of Single Sex Groups on Student Success. Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL), 258-265.

Black, K., Stevenson, R., Ncube, B., Segers, M., Sun, S., Bebko, J., Philipp-Muller, A., Barense, M. & Ferber, S. (2017). Linking anxiety with insistence on sameness in autistic children: The role of sensory hypersensitivity. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 47(8), 2459-2470.

Jenson, J., Black, K., & de Castell, S. (2018). Designing, Tinkering and Making: Implementing Digital Games in Classroom Contexts. Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL), 294-300.

Stevenson, R., Segers, M., Ncube, B., Black, K., Bebko, J., Ferber, S. & Barense, M. (2017). The cascading influence of low-level multisensory processing on speech perception in autism. Autism, 1362361317704413.

Paper Presentations

Black, K., Roundbarani, F., Martini, J., Weiss, J. (August, 2018). Mindful activities during CBT for children with ASD: Associations between self-report and EDA. Symposium presentation in "Biomarkers in Clinical Contexts" at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, Division 33, San Francisco, CA.

Weiss, J., Thomson, K., Burnham Riosa, P., Albaum, C., Chan, V., Maughan, A., Tablon, P. & Black, K. (April, 2018) Cognitive behavior therapy to improve emotion regulation and reduce psychopathology in children with autism: Secret Agent Society Operation Regulation. Symposium presentation at the 51st Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, CA.

Black, K., Weiss, J.A. (August, 2017). Child characteristics and therapeutic correlates of mindfulness practice in children with autism.  Paper Presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, Division 33, Washington, DC.

Jenson, J., & Black, K. (July 2017). Gender and Game Making: Attitudes, Competencies and Computational Thinking. Paper Presentation at the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Black, K. & Jenson, J. (June 2017). “I Don’t Even Play Games, How Am I Going To Make Them?”: Making Digital Games to Support Computational Thinking. Paper Presentation at the Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA) Conference, Toronto, ON.

Selected Poster Presentations

Tajik-Parvinchi, D., Black, K., Weiss, J.A. (May, 2019). Pre-scan preparations in fMRI research for children with autism: a scoping review. Poster presentation at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.

Black, K., Tajik-Parvinchi, D., Weiss, J.A. (April, 2019). Pre-scan preparations in fMRI research for children with autism: a scoping review. Poster presentation at The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Conference – Research Special Interest Group, Niagara Falls, ON.

Roudbarani, F., Black, K., & Weiss, J.A. (October, 2018). Parent predictors of therapeutic mindfulness experiences for children with autism. Canadian Mental Health Association National Conference (Mental Health For All), Montreal, QC.

Roudbarani, F., Black, K., & Weiss, J.A. (August, 2018). Parent factors associated with mindfulness activity ratings for children with autism. The American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Weiss, J., Thomson, K., Burnham Riosa, P., Albaum, C., Chan, V., Maughan, A., Tablon, P. & Black, K. (May, 2018). A randomized waitlist controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy to improve emotion regulation in children with autism. Poster presentation at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Annual Meeting, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Black, K. & Jenson, J. (April, 2018). Making, computer games and computational knowledge: The role of gender in learning. Poster presentation at the APA: Technology, Mind and Society Conference, Washington, DC.

Black, K., Martini, J., Tablon, P., Weiss, J.A. (April, 2017). The helpfulness of mindfulness practice for children with autism. The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Conference – Research Special Interest Group, Niagara Falls, ON.

Funding

  • 2019-2022 CIHR Frederick Banting Best Doctoral Award
  • 2019 Dr. Eric Jackman La Marsh Student Award
  • 2018 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2017 Sammy Graduate Award in Autism Research
  • 2017 The Autism Scholars Award (Council of Ontario Universities)
  • 2017 The La Marsh Centre for Child and Youth Research - Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2016 The La Marsh Centre for Child and Youth Research - Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2016 Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters

Contact

Email: krblack@yorku.ca
Twitter: TBA