Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson


  • Doctor of Philosophy, York University (in progress)
  • Health Diploma, York University (in progress)
  • Master of Arts, York University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph

Research Interests

I am interested in the health and well being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. My MA thesis explored the experiences of parents applying for developmental services for their adult child with developmental disabilities. For my dissertation, I will focus on social support for parents of autistic people. 

Published Manuscripts

Robinson, S., Fraser-Thomas, J., Balogh, R., Lunsky, Y., & Weiss, J. A. (submitted). Individual and contextual correlates of highly active Specila Olympics athletes. American Journal of Intellectual Disabilities.

Weiss, J., Burnham Riosa, P., Robinson, S., Ryan, S., Tint, A., Viecili, M., MacMullin, J., & Shine, R. (Accepted). Understanding Special Olympics experiences from the athlete perspectives using photo-elicitation. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Robinson, S., Weiss, J.A., Lunsky, Y., & Ouellette-Kuntz, H. (2015). Informal support and burden among parents of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29(4), 356-365.

Lunsky, Y., Robinson, S., Reid, M., & Palucka, A. (2015). Development of a mindfulness based coping with stress group for parents of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Mindfulness, 1-10.

Vogan, V., Lake, J. K., Weiss, J. A., Robinson, S., Tint, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Diagnostic differences in caregiving burden among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Family Relations, 63, 554-567.

Lunsky, Y., Tint, A., Robinson, S., Vickar, M., & Ouelette-Kuntz, H. (2014). System-wide information about family caregivers of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities – a scoping review of the literature. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 11, 8-18.

Weiss, J. A., Robinson, S., Fung, S., Tint, A., Chalmers, P., & Lunsky, Y. (2013). Family hardiness, social support, and perceived self-efficacy in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1310-1317.

Lindsay, S., Robinson, S., McDougall, C., Sanford, R., & Adams, T. (2012). Employers’ perspectives of working with adolescents with disabilities. International Journal of Disabiltiy, Community & Rehabilitation, 11(1).

Tint, A., Robinson, S., & Lunsky, Y. (2011). Emergency Department Assessment and Outcomes of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 17(2), 56-59.

Poster Presentations

Weiss, J.A., Robinson, S., Fraser-Thomas, J., Balogh, R., Lunsky, Y., Germani, T. &, Cote, J. (2015, October). Prospective Examination of Special Olympics Sport Retention. Poster presented at the Sport Canada Research Initiative, Gatineau, Quebec.

Robinson, S., Viecili, M.A., &, Weiss, J.A. (2015, May). Intimate Relationships and the Broad Autism Phenotype in Young Adults. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Robinson, S., Weiss, J., Viecili, M., & Legree, M. (2014, April). An independent program evaluation of the secret agents society for youth with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Conference – Research Special Interests Group (RSIG), Kingston, ON.

Robinson, S., Weiss, J., Lunsky, Y., Blinkhorn, A., & Ouellette-Kuntz, H. (2013, May). Family support and perceived burden in parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Conference – Research Special Interests Group (RSIG), Kingston, ON.

Tint, A., Robinson, S., Slusarczyk, M., Weiss, J., & Lunsky, Y. (2012, July). The relationship between parents’ service efficacy and children’s needs in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster Presentation submitted to the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Halifax, NS.

Rouette, J., Blinkhorn, A., Tint, A., Robinson, S., Lunsky, Y., & Ouellette-Kuntz, H. (2012, June). Examining the level of crisis in parents seeking services for their adult children with an intellectual and developmental disability. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 136th Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.


  • 2014 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award Recipient
  • 2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2012 CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship- Master’s Award Recipient
  • 2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship