Current Students

Ph.D. Students 

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. 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 autism. 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 autism.

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 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 living in low-income communities.

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

M.A. Students 

Flora Roudbarani

Flora Roudbarani

My current research interest includes investigating treatment interventions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. I am particularly interested in studying emotion regulation, mindfulness, and the role of therapeutic alliance in treatment success.

Teresa Sellitto

Teresa Sellitto

I am interested in investigating mental health treatments for children with developmental disabilities and understanding the factors that promote resilience and well-being in families. I am particularly interested in studying the roles of emotion regulation, the parent-child relationship, and the therapeutic alliance in treatment success and family well-being.

Nisha Vashi

Nisha Vashi

My current research interests include investigating the role of families and caregivers in fostering the mental health and well-being of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.  I am also interested in investigating how community-based programs for children with autism can bolster treatment success to ultimately improve mental health outcomes.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Vivian Lee

Dr. Vivian Lee

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 children with autism, including the impact of engagement in community-based programs for children and youth (i.e. recreation programs, special interest groups, Special Olympics).

Undergraduate Thesis Students

Rupkatha Basu
Patrycia Jarosz