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People

 

 

Director

  Grace Iarocci, Ph.D., R. Psych. is Director of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL), a Professor of Psychology, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. I work closely with government and community agencies in BC to disseminate research information on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and influence policy on ASD and other developmental disabilities.
Email: giarocci@sfu.ca
Research Interests: We explore the ways that processes of attention may interfere or facilitate an individual’s ability to engage in a variety of social experiences ranging from detecting information from eyes and faces to interpreting subtle cues from complex social interactions involving several participants.
For more information on Dr. Iarocci, please click here.
 
   
 

Doctoral Students

  No Photo Krista Johnston, M.A. is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: krista_johnston@sfu.ca
Research Interests: ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, neurotypical development, mental health in ASD (specifically anxiety and depression), treatment of anxiety in ASD (using modified CBT and group-based approaches), the use of technology in intervention, social and emotional functioning and development, and family functioning.
For more information on Krista, please click here.
   
  Mandeep Gurm is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: mgurm@sfu.ca
Research Interests: typical and atypical development, individual differences, working with families, anxiety disorders, parent-child interactions
For more information on Mandeep, please click here.
   
   
 

Masters Students

  Hilary Aime, B.A., Hons is a Masters student in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: haime@sfu.ca
Research Interests: ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, social learning in ASD, socialization of attention, cross-cultural methodology.
For more information on Hilary, please click here.
   
   
 

Honours and Directed Studies Students

 
Teagan Chambers is currently completing her Honours degree in Psychology where she is examining the relationship between attachment and affect regulation in children diagnosed with ASD. 
Email: teaganc@sfu.ca
Research Interests: Attachment theory, ASD, at-risk children/youth, parent-child interactions. 
     
 
Brittni Thompson has  recently graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University. Throughout her years as an undergrad, she volunteered regularly as a research assistant with the Adolescent Health Lab and the Autism and Developmental Disorder Lab. Brittni also worked for the Burnaby School District as an Education Assistant implementing behaviour interventions and helping children enhance their academic and social skills. Brittni hopes to continue working in the field of psychology and is currently applying to graduate programs.
Email:  brittnit@sfu.ca
Research Interests: bi-directional relationships between parent and child behaviour or between siblings and understanding the experience of caregivers of people with developmental disabilities.ASD, education, attachment.
 
   
   
 

Staff

 
Gisella La Madrid, M.A. is the Lab manager for the ADDL. She has experience working with children and families facing disabilities and developmental disorders and is currently opening her own private practice as a child & family counsellor.
Email:  glamadri@sfu.ca
Profile: Gisella works part time in the lab.
Research Interests: Developmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD and FASD, family quality of life, family resilience, and family-centred practice.
For more information on Gisella, please click here.
     
 
Troy Boucher is a senior Research Assistant for the ADDL. He is an undergraduate student pursuing an Honours degree in Psychology. Troy has volunteered with the Edmonton Public School Board, where he started a music program for children, and currently serves as a peer tutor at Simon Fraser University. Troy is also a member of the SFU Men's Lacrosse Team.
Email: tboucher@sfu.ca
Profile: Troy works part time in the lab.
Research interests: Early intervention for ASD, and behavioural interventions and positive outcomes for youth with ADHD and other developmental disorders.
   
 

Reyhane Bakhtiari, M.Sc. is the Leading Research Assistant for the ADDL
Email: rbakhtia@sfu.ca
Profile: Reyhane works part time in the lab.
Research Interests: Positive attitudes towards autism, self/autism awareness in children and adolescents with ASD, comorbid disorders with autism, Learning Disabilities.

Please note that Reyhane will be on maternity leave starting on March 2017.

   
  Michael MacIsaac is an IT Consultant and Web Developer for the ADDL.
Email: michael.macisaac@gmail.com
Profile: Michael has been providing computing solutions and web development for the ADDL since January 2010.
 
   
   
 

Collaborators

  Sarah Hutchison, Ph.D. is the former Lab Manager for the ADDL. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.  She is conducting her current research out of the Child and Family Research Institute.
Email: addl@sfu.ca
Research Interests: development of executive function, childhood obesity, autism, and second language learners.
     
 
 
Elina Birmingham, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at SFU. She is a former post-doctoral student of Dr. Iarocci in the psychology program at SFU.
Email: ebirming@sfu.ca
Research Interests:  Social attention and perception in typical and atypical development
Lab Website: http://www.sargsfu.ca/
     
  Jodi Yager, Ph.D., is a Psychology Consultant. She is a former doctoral student of Dr. Iarocci in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: jodi_yager@sfu.ca
Research Interests: Understanding social competence in children and adolescents with ASD.
   
  Adrienne Rombough's Photo Adrienne Rombough, Ph.D., is a Psychology Consultant for Compass Clinic (http://www.compassclinic.ca/), doing developmental assessments for Sunny Hill and Monarch House. She is a former doctoral student of Dr. Iarocci in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: ahrombou@sfu.ca
Research Interests: autism, developmental disorders, social attention, gaze following, social competence, typical and atypical human development, social inclusion and family coping. 
   
  Emily Gardiner, Ph.D., is a former doctoral student of Dr. Iarocci.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia Department of Pediatrics.
Email: emily.gardiner@cw.bc.ca
Research Interests: family quality of life, family-centred practice, cultural sensitivity, executive function, and social developmental processes in children with autism
For more information on Emily, please click here.
   
  Theo Elfers, Ph.D., is a Psychology Consultant. He is a former doctoral student of Dr. Iarocci in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: theo_elfers@sfu.ca
Research Interests: Development of social cognition, identity, and social competence
 
   
  Kimberly Armstrong, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with the Westcoast Child Development Group and Spectrum Works Consulting. In her clinical work she conducts ASD assessments and provides therapy to adolescents and adults with ASD. She is a former doctoral student of Dr. Iarocci in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU.
Email: kimberly_armstrong@sfu.ca
Research Interests: interests in ASD, adults with ASD, visual processing, symptom domains
For more information on Kimberly, please click here.
   
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Allison Brennan, Ph.D.  was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Iarocci in 2014-2016.
Email: allisonabrennan@gmail.com