SAS:OR Team

Our Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation (SAS:OR) Program team are 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 a 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 am a registered Psychologist in Supervised Practice under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Weiss, and a Research Associate in the Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Lab. 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

Also a SAS:OR therapist

I am a MA student in Dr. Weiss' lab. I am a caregiver assessor for the SAS:OR program. My research interest is 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. 
Ava Pouyandeh

Ava Pouyandeh

I’m a research assistant in Dr. Weiss’ lab. I am involved in the research screenings and assessments for the SAS:OR program as a child assessor. I am passionate about exploring the factors influencing emotion regulation in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Carly Albaum

Carly Albaum

Also 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 6 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.

Caroline Summers

Caroline Summers

I'm a research assistant in Dr. Weiss' lab. I am involved in the research screenings and assessments for the SAS:OR program as a child assessor. My research interests include mental health issues in children with autism and their impact on families.

Flora Roudbarani

Flora Roudbarani

I've been working as a research assistant in Dr. Weiss' lab since 2016. I'm excited to continue my work in the SAS:OR program as a child assessor and researching emotion regulation, mindfulness and mental health in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Julia Martini

Julia Martini

I'm a research assistant in Dr. Weiss' lab. I currently coordinate the SAS:OR program and am involved in research screenings and assessments as a child assessor. My current research interests include exploring the factors that influence emotion regulation development in children with developmental disabilities.

Paula Tablon

Paula Tablon Modica

I'm the lab coordinator for Dr. Weiss's lab. I have had the opportunity to coordinate the SAS:OR program in the past. I am currently involved in the research screenings and assessments as a caregiver/child assessor. I'm interested in implementing and evaluating programs, like SAS:OR, in the community.

Dr. Vivian Lee

Dr. Vivian Lee

I am a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jonathan Weiss’s lab and am involved as a supervisor on the SAS:OR program for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. On this project, I am interested in investigating the impact of the CBT-based intervention on parent-child relationships and family well-being.

SAS:OR Therapists

Bianca Bondi

Bianca Bondi

I'm a PhD student in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology stream. My research explores the neurodevelopment of young children exposed prenatally to substances, with 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 PhD 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!

Karen Black

Karen Black

I'm a PhD student in Dr. Weiss' lab and I've been involved with the SAS:OR program for 3 years as an assessor and therapist. 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.

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.

Rachael Lyon

Rachael Lyon

I am a PhD 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 autism 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, I love baking, playing soccer, and reading.

Tracy Fabri

Tracy Fabri

I am currently completing my PhD in Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology. I greatly enjoy 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 look 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!