Graduate Student Alumni

Laura Fontil

Laura Fontil completed her PhD  in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University in 2019. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Child Studies at Concordia University. Her doctoral research involved a series of three studies: a) a systematic review of the literature on transition to school and ASDs, b) the investigation of transition to school policy for children with ASDs and their families in Canada, and c) the implementation and evaluation of a transition to school intervention that emphasizes collaborative partnerships between home and school for children with ASDs and their families. Laura was the recipient of a 2013-2016 Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture, Bourse de doctorat en recherche (FQRSC, $20,000/year) and a 2015-2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Bombardier CGS Doctoral Research Fellowship (SSHRC, $35 000/year).  She currently splits her time working in Youth Mental Health at CLSC Benny Farm, at Summit School, and at ULTRA Health Services.

Hayley Vininsky

Hayley Vininsky is a graduate of the Human Development doctoral program at McGill University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Concordia University, and a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Sage Graduate School. Her research interests include best practices in applied behaviour analysis, using technology in early intervention, and the experiences of siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Hayley has presented her research at international conferences across the United States. Outside of her research, she is also a practicing Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) working as a Clinical Supervisor at Clinique Spectrum in Montreal, providing ABA supervision and consultation services to children, teens, and adults with autism. Hayley has taught an exam preparation course to Master’s students in ABA working towards BCBA certification, and has supervised over 10 individuals building their credentials in behaviour analysis.

Farhin Hassan

Farhin Hassan received her degree from the Educational and Counseling Psychology program at McGill University in 2017. Her master’s thesis focused on the relationship between parental stress and parents’ perceptions of care when the child with ASD is enrolled in an Early Intervention (EI) program. Farhin has presented her research at the EGSS Annual Conference in Montreal, QC. She currently works as an English teacher at the College of Montreal.

Iqra Nasser

Iqra Nasser graduated from the Educational and Counselling Psychology department at McGill University in the summer of 2016. She obtained an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and served as her Program Representative. During her Masters she worked on the "Lire à notre bébé" project which aims to create an early reading intervention program for at-risk children and their families in Québec. Previously, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics from McGill University as well as training in ABA therapy. She has worked as a Behavioural Interventionist and as a Child Care Worker in numerous centres and schools across Montreal. Her research interests include language development,  early literacy and the relationship between language development and early parent-infant interaction.

Jennifer Bruce

Jennifer Bruce received her degree from the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University in 2015. Her doctoral research focuses on the systemic factors involved in bullying policy and policy implementation. Jennifer has presented her research at national and international conferences, written several book chapters and research articles and is the recipient of a 2010-2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Bombardier CGS Doctoral Research Fellowship (SSHRC, $35 000/year). She currently works as a psychological for the Upper Canada District School Board.

Cindy Desjardins Dutelly

Cindy was a Master's student in the Human Development program. She completed an internship as a research assistant at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal), directed by Dr. Sonia Lupien and financed by a Summer Training course Scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQ-S). She received a CGS Master’s Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, $17,500/year) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Her research interests involve the study of external factors that trigger the motivation of socioeconomically disadvantaged students (SEDS) about their academic endeavours and future professional achievements. Specifically focusing on SEDS’ engagement towards school, motivation for academic achievement and external determinants of educational trajectories. She also aims to develop literature concerning adolescent development and social issues in education using the theoretical frame of self-determination theory to evaluate schools’ factors (e.g., sports programs, ICT) that tend to support autonomy and competence, fostering intrinsic motivation.

Anne Ritzema

Anne Ritzema received her Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology from McGill University in 2015 and is now registered as a Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  She currently holds positions in the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinics at both The Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Health System, and is also one of the lead Psychologists for the Facing Your Fears CBT Program for children and adolescents with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  Dr. Ritzema previously worked at The Hospital for Sick Children (Metabolic Genetics program), Holland Bloorview (Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship), and Surrey Place Centre (Infancy and Early Childhood Program, doctoral practica).  Her primary clinical and research interest involves the well-being of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families and she has several peer-reviewed publications in this area.

Marianne Christie

Marianne Christie was a student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program. Her research interests involve adolescent development, risk, resilience, high school disengagement and dropout. She is currently working as a learning specialist in the nonprofit industry.

Marc Lanovaz

Marc Lanovas is now Associate Professor at the École de psychoéducation of the Université de Montréal. His research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, and the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Ordre des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec and on the Steering Committee of the National Network of Expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Lanovas has published more than 30 peer-review articles and multiple chapters on the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disability as well as on the validity of single-case methodology.


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Mariela Castellanos Prieto

Mariela Castellanos Prieto was a student in the program of Human Development. Her research involves analyzing different variables associated to parents perceptions of care in children with developmental delays as my thesis proposal. She is also interested in investigating cultural and social factors associated to the optimal development of children who live in vulnerable social conditions.

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Volunteer Alumni

  • Samantha Gibson (2017-2019)

  • Astha Agarwal (2017-2018)

  • Kaitlin Brooks (2017-2018)

  • Cristina Casola (2017-2018)

  • Farhin Chowdhury (2017-2018)

  • Tanis Flemons (2017-2018)

  • Kianoush Harandian (2017-2018)

  • Meghan Keenan (2017-2018)

  • Marlee Nisemboim (2017-2018)

  • Palwasha Rana (2017-2018)

  • Rendall Cirby Ringor (2017-2018)

  • Anne-Marie Saucier (2017-2018)

  • Jordan Smith (2017-2018)

  • Charlotte Tan (2017-2018)

  • Brigitte Voisard (2017-2018)

  • Agathe De Broucker (2016-2017)

  • Kelly Han (2016-2017)

  • Alexandra Maduro (2016-2017)

  • Brittany Stevens (2016-2017)

  • Mojgan Zarrabi (2016-2017)

  • Winnie Zhao (2016-2017)

  • Melissa Nardelli (2015-2016)

  • Sol Park (2015-2016)

  • Hayley Mortin (2015-2016)

  • Zoe Goldstein (2015-2016)

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