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CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL
FACULTY MEMBER RESEARCH INTEREST OTHER AREA AFFILIATIONS

JAMES M. BEBKO
(PhD York)

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Cognitive and attention skills in children with autism, developmental disabilities and children who are deaf. Roles of metacognition (awareness of self) and language proficiency (e.g., English or signed systems) in the cognitive development of these groups. Early identification; assessment methods; intervention effectiveness.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences, Clinical, Developmental Science

YVONNE BOHR
(BSc, Ed.D. Toronto)

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Infants, children and families at risk. Cognitively based interventions at the interface between attachment and parental attributions. Cross-cultural parenting. Cognitivebehavioural interventions for children. Children with special needs.

JENNIFER CONNOLLY
(PhD Concordia)

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Peer and romantic relationships in adolescence. Romance and sexuality in early adolescence; intimacy and autonomy development in adolescence romantic relationships; dating violence; school-based prevention of dating violence; peer and media influences on dating violence.

Clinical

MARY DESROCHER
(PhD Toronto)

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Neuropsychology. Cognitive, behavioural, and emotional functioning of children with diabetes and epilepsy. Spatial and working memory. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and congenital hypothyroidism.

Developmental Science

TIMOTHY MOORE
(Chair / Professor Department of
Psychology,Glendon College)

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Forensic Psychology, especially issues pertaining to child witnesses, memory, language comprehension, suggestibility, police investigative practices, and interrogations.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences, ClinicalDevelopmental Psychology

ROBERT T. MULLER
(PhD Michigan State)

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Child and adult survivors of abuse; effective models for the treatment of psychological trauma; understanding child and adult attachments to help guide appropriate interventions; the role of social support in recovery from abuse.

Clinical, Developmental Science

DEBRA PEPLER
(PhD Waterloo)

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Children in families at risk; peer relations of aggressive children; bullying and victimization in childhood and adolescence; girls' aggression; prevention and intervention.

Developmental Science

ADRIENNE PERRY
(PhD York)

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Assessment/diagnosis of autism and developmental disabilities, evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions (including especially intensive behavioural intervention), and the positive and negative impacts on families in terms of stress and coping (parents and siblings).

Developmental Science

REBECCA PILLAI RIDDELL
(PhD University of British Columbia)

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Understanding how young child and parents interact in painful situations; infant and preschool negative affect regulation, academic performance and social-emotional well-being

Developmental Science

JENNINE S. RAWANA
(PhD Lakehead University)

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Broadly adolescent health promotion and risk reduction; major depression
in adolescents; emergence of seasonal depression in adolescents,
cognitive vulnerability to depression, relationship between mood and
risk behaviours, developing and evaluating strength-based prevention
programs for Aboriginal youth.
 
CHRISTINE TILL
(PhD University of Toronto)

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Neural, clinical, and functional correlates of preserved and impaired cognition in children and adolescents with diffuse CNS insult; Rehabilitation strategies to enhance cognition in neurological populations; Structural and functional neuroimaging; pediatric neuropsychology.  

MAGGIE TOPLAK
(PhD OISE/University of Toronto)

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Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of attention and learning disorders in children and adolescents; understanding how cognitive and affective processes develop in clinical and healthy populations; dual process models of human reasoning in clinical and healthy populations.

Clinical, Developmental Science

JONATHAN WEISS
(PhD York)

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Prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan. Experience of family caregivers. Mental health services for people with developmental disabilities. Program development and evaluation, the impact of Special Olympics on the psychological well-being of participants, and of cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions.
 

MAXINE GALLANDER WINTRE
(PhD York)

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Social & emotional development, including gender differences & immigrant/generational status. Currently investigating transitions of emerging adults (e.g. transition to university, domestic and international students, the army, etc). Also interested in developmental changes (from preschoolers to young adults) in social relations, consultant choices, social support, social participation skills & emotion cognition.

Clinical, Developmental Science

FACULTY FROM OTHER AREAS AFFILIATED WITH THE CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL AREA
FACULTY MEMBER PRIMARY AREA AFFILIATION RESEARCH INTEREST

JOHN EASTWOOD
(PhD Waterloo)

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Clinical

Explores how the emotional state of an observer, and also the emotional significance of environmental information, influences the deployment of attention. Exploring the experience of boredom, and individual differences that impact on susceptibility to boredom. Focused on gaining a better understanding of basic psychological processes, as well as examining issues that relate more specifically to clinical psychology.

JOEL KATZ
(PhD McGill) (Canada Research Chair)

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Clinical

Psychological, emotional, and biomedical factors involved in acute and chronic pain with a particular emphasis on (1) understanding the psychological and physiological processes and mechanisms involved in the transition of acute, time-limited pain to chronic, pathological pain; (2) identifying factors involved in the establishment and reactivation of pain memories after amputation (phantom limb pain) and other traumatic events; (3) pre-emptive analgesia and other preventive pharmacological interventions designed to minimize acute post-operative pain and to elucidate the mechanisms involved in post-operative sensitization; (4) developing pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions to minimize pain and stress in hospitalized infants; and (5) gender differences in acute post-operative pain and analgesic consumption.

DAVID M. REGAN
(PhD DSc London)
(Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus)
 FRSC 

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Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences

Human brain research. Visual psychophysics: spatial form vision, figure-ground, depth vision, motion, colour, spatial discriminations. Auditory psychophysics: AM and FM channels, auditory localization, speech perception. Human evoked potentials and magnetic brain responses (sensory), visual and auditory. Somatosensation. Application of visual and auditory psychophysics and brain recording to medicine (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, glaucoma, amblyopia). Vision in aviation and driving. Eye movements.

IRWIN SILVERMAN
(PhD Rochester)
(Professor Emeritus)
 

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Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences

Human ethology and evolutionary psychology.

GERALD YOUNG
(PhD Montreal)

Developmental Science

Lifespan developmental theory, including cognitive-affective stages. Pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury - causality considerations. The development of manual lateralization/hemispheric specialization.

FREDRIC WEIZMANN
(PhD Ohio State
) (Professor Emeritus)

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History and Theory of Psychology

History of child development and psychology, including the influence of eugenics and ideas of race. Normal and atypical development and the influence of evolutionary theory and biology on psychological models of development. Personality theory and its history. The conceptual and historical basis of classification and classificatory systems.

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