Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
University of Calgary
EDT 310, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
My program of research is focused on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), particularly on the identification of strengths and enhancement of resiliency in this population.
Past projects included an investigation of cognitive and emotional intelligence and their relation to resilience and positive outcome in adolescents and young adults with Asperger's syndrome.
The current project is an investigation of factors such as cognitive and emotional intelligence, executive functions, theory of mind, and mental health (anxiety and depression) in children with a high-functioning ASD and how these factors are related to resilient outcomes. The intent is to study these factors and to develop interventions to enhance resilient functioning.
Projects in development include a more specific investigation of mental health issues in ASD, including effective assessment and intervention processes, an investigation of vocational skills in adolescents with an ASD, an investigation of computer-based cognitive interventions for children with an ASD, and an investigation of social and behavioural factors in first-degreee relatives of a child with ASD.
Research initiatives in functional imaging, basic and applied human genetics, and education research