TRAINEES 2009
 
Stephanie Ameis

Name: Stephanie Ameis

University: University of Toronto / Sick Kids

Discipline: MD Resident, Psychiatry

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. E. Anagnostou

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Evans, Roberts, Szatmari

Title of Research Project: Development of White Matter Connectivity in Healthy Children and in ASDs
Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging

Email: stephanie.ameis@utoronto.ca
Elise Brochu-Barbeau

Name: Elise Brochu-Barbeau

University: Université de Montréal

Discipline: PhD, Psychiatry

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. L. Mottron

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Anagnostou, Szatmari, Zwaigenbaum

Title of Research Project: The study of inter-hemispheric connectivity in autism using the Poffenberger paradigm

Email: elise.barbeau@mail.mcgill.ca
Melissa Carter

Name: Melissa Carter

University: University of Toronto / Bloorview Kids Rehab

Discipline: MD Fellow, Developmental Paediatrics

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. R. Weksberg

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Fombonne, Roberts, Scherer

Title of Research Project: Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated with
Genomic Copy Number Variations

Email: mcarter@bloorview.ca
Briano DiRezze

Name: Briano DiRezze

University: McMaster University

Discipline: PhD, Rehabilitation Science

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. M. Law

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Nicholas, Szatmari, Zwaigenbaum

Title of Research Project: Developing an autism function classification system for preschool children with autism spectrum disorder

Email: direzzbm@mcmaster.ca
Sarah Dhooge

Name: Sarah Dhooge

University: Dalhousie University

Discipline: Masters, Speech Pathology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. E. Raining-Bird

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Mirenda, Szatmari, Volden

Title of Research Project: Internal state language and theory of mind development in children with autism and
in typically developing children

Email: sarah.dhooge@dal.ca
Emma Duerden

Name: Emma Duerden

University: University of Toronto / Sick Kids

Discipline: PhD / Post-Doc, Neuropsychology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. W. Roberts

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Enns, Evans, Moore

Title of Research Project: Psychophysical and Neuroimaging Studies Exploring Pain Processing in
Children with Autism and Chronic Pain

Email: emma.duerden@umontreal.ca
Mayada Elsabbagh

Name: Mayada Elsabbagh (graduated)

University: McGill University

Discipline: Post-Doc, Psychology

ART Track: 1 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. E. Fombonne

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Bryson, Evans, Szatmari

Title of Research Project: Bridging the gap between laboratory measures and clinically useful biomarkers

Email: m.elsabbagh@bbk.ac.uk
Steve Gentles

Name: Steve Gentles

University: McMaster University

Discipline: PhD, Health Informatics

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. A. McKibbon

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Bryson, Nicholas, Szatmari

Title of Research Project: Informational and decision support for parents of children with autism

Email: gentlesj@mcmaster.ca
Laura Ghali

Name: Laura Ghali (graduated)

University: University of Calgary

Discipline: Post-Doc, Psychology

ART Track: 1 year program

Program Supervisors: Drs. D. Nicholas, W. Roberts

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Bryson, Szatmari

Title of Research Project: Use of DISCO to assess functional needs in adolescents with ASDs to assist
with transition and program planning

Email: ghali@ucalgary.ca
Iris Gordon

Name: Iris Gordon

University: University of Victoria

Discipline: PhD, Psychology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. J. Tanaka

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Burack, Iarocci, Mirenda

Title of Research Project: Interactive Training of Emotional Expressions in Individuals with Autism

Email: igordon@uvic.ca
Simone Griffin

Name: Simone Griffin

University: McMaster University

Discipline: Masters, Health Research Methodology / Clinical Epidemiology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. P. Szatmari

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Bryson, Mirenda, Roberts

Title of Research Project: An investigation of the impact of intervention services on communication
development in children with ASD

Email: griffin.simone@gmail.com
Eva-Maria Hahler

Name: Eva-Maria Hahler

University: Université de Montréal

Discipline: PhD, Clinical Neuropsychology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. J. Faubert

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Couture, Fombonne, Iarocci

Title of Research Project: A Psychophysical Assessment of Multisensory Integration among Children
and Adolescents with High-functioning Autism

Email: eva-maria.hahler@umontreal.ca
Kate Kalousek

Name: Kate Kalousek

University: Dalhousie University

Discipline: PhD, Clinical Psychology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. S. Johnson

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Iarocci, Szatmari, Zwaigenbaum

Title of Research Project: Self-perception and Psychopathology in ASDs

Email: kate.kalousek@dal.ca
Stephanie Patterson

Name: Stephanie Patterson

University: University of Alberta

Discipline: Masters, Educational Psychology

ART Track: 3 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. V. Smith

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Mirenda, Mottron, Volden

Title of Research Project: An examination of the Reciprocal and Bidirectional Exchanges between
Children with Autism and their Families

Email: syp1@ualberta.ca
Sharon Smile

Name: Sharon Smile (graduated)

University: University of Toronto / Bloorview Kids Rehab

Discipline: Post-clinical Fellowship, Developmental Paediatrics

ART Track: 1 year program

Program Supervisor: Dr. W. Roberts

ART Program Mentors: Drs. Fombonne, Szatmari, Volden

Title of Research Project: Prospective double blind randomized crossover trial to evaluate the efficacy
of melatonin in children with autism and sleep difficulties

Email: ssmile@bloorview.ca
 
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