TRAINEES 2014
 
Babak Alipanahi

Name: Babak Alipanahi

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Postdoc, Computational Biology

Program Supervisor: Dr. B. Frey

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Scherer, Paterson, Weksberg

Title of Research Project: Uncovering the splicing-related genetic determinants of Autism

Email: babak@psi.utoronto.ca

Vanessa Bao

Name: Vanessa Bao

University: McGill University

Discipline: PhD, School&Applied Child Psychology

Program Supervisor: Dr. A. Bertone

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Burack, Mottron, Hyde

Title of Research Project: The nature and course of multisensory integration in ASD

Email: vanessa.bao@mail.mcgill.ca
Jacqueline Beatch

Name: Jacqueline Beatch

University: University of Calgary

Discipline: PhD, Psychology

Program Supervisor: Dr. S. Curtin

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Zwaigenbaum, Bryson, Volden

Title of Research Project: The role of motor and imitation skills in temporal synchrony and language ability: Effects on social and language development

Email: harrisoj@ucalgary.ca

Lia D’Abate

Name: Lia D’Abate

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Masters/PhD, Molecular Genetics

Program Supervisor: Dr. S. Scherer

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Fahnestock, Weksberg, Zwaigenbaum

Title of Research Project: Identifying Novel inherited and de novo events in Autism Spectrum Disorders using whole exome and whole genome sequencing

Email: lia.dabate@mail.utoronto.ca

Ellen Drumm

Name: Ellen Drumm

University: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Toronto

Discipline: PhD, School & Clinical Child Psychology

Program Supervisor: Dr. J. Brian

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Szatmari, Weiss, Vaillancourt

Title of Research Project: The learning, language, and attentional challenges of school-aged siblings of children with ASD

Email: ellen.drumm@mail.utoronto.ca

Tyla Frewing

Name: Tyla Frewing

University: University of British Columbia

Discipline: PhD, Special Education

Program Supervisor: Dr. L. Grow

ART Program Mentors: Drs. I. Smith, V. Smith, Iarocci

Title of Research Project: The effects of naturalistic language instruction on parental stress, depression and coping and parent-child interactions

Email: tyla_frewing@yahoo.ca

Layla Hall

Name: Layla Hall

University: Queen’s University

Discipline: PhD, Clinical Psychology

Program Supervisor: Dr. E. Kelley

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Anagnostou, Nicholas, Szatmari

Title of Research Project: Understanding quality and satisfaction of online friendships in high-functioning individuals with ASD

Email: 5lh27@queensu.ca

Lynn Mackenzie

Name: Lynn Mackenzie

University: Dalhousie University

Discipline: PhD, Clinical Psychology

Program Supervisor: Dr. S. Johnson

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Anagnostou, Weiss, Elsabbagh

Title of Research Project: Mindfulness-based interventions in adults with autism spectrum disorder

Email: lynn.mackenzie@cdha.nshealth.ca

Sarah Pastrana

Name: Sarah Pastrana

University: University of British Columbia

Discipline: PhD, Special education

Program Supervisor: Dr. L.Grow

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Bryson, Volden, Brian

Title of Research Project: Perspectives on access to autism services for bilingual families in British Columbia

Email: sarahpastrana@alumni.ubc.ca

Melanie Penner

Name: Melanie Penner

University: Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Discipline: Masters, Health Services Research

Program Supervisor: Dr. W. Ungar

ART Program Mentors: Drs. I. Smith, Szatmari, Elsabbagh

Title of Research Project: Cost-effectiveness analysis of community-based Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis compared to multi-disciplinary assessment

Email: melanie.penner@mail.utoronto.ca

Megha Sharda

Name: Megha Sharda

University: Université de Montréal

Discipline: PhD, Neuroscience

Program Supervisor: Dr. K. Hyde

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Evans, Nadig, Zwaigenbaum

Title of Research Project: The music and rhythm of language: Investigating brain and behavioral correlates of prosodic perception in Autism

Email: megha.sharda@umontreal.ca

Ryan Stevenson

Name: Ryan Stevenson

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Postdoc, Psychology/Neuroimaging

Program Supervisor: Dr. M. Barense

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Tanaka, Iarocci, Bailey

Title of Research Project: Multisensory perceptual learning as a remediation strategy in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Email: ryan.andrew.stevenson@gmail.com

Nasim Vasli

Name: Nasim Vasli

University: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto

Discipline: Postdoc, Genetics

Program Supervisor: Dr. J. Vincent

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Paterson, Szatmari, Anagnostou

Title of Research Project: Identification of novel genes using massively parallel sequencing in Iranian patients with autism spectrum disorders

Email: nasim.vasli@hotmail.com

Keeley White

Name: Keeley White

University: McGill University

Discipline: PhD, School&Applied Child Psychology

Program Supervisor: Dr. T. Flanagan

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Nadig, Mirenda, Nicholas

Title of Research Project: Self-determination in young adults with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

Email: keeley.white@mail.mcgill.ca

 
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