Graduate Students

Hilary Aime, MA

Hilary is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is supervised by Dr. Grace Iarocci and Dr. Tanya Broesch.

Research Interests: ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, social learning in ASD, socialization of attention, and using cross-cultural methodologies to examine development.

Vanessa Fong, MSc.

Vanessa is a doctoral student in the Experimental Developmental program at SFU. She received her BSc from the University of Toronto and completed her MSc. at the University of London.

Research Interests: ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, executive functioning, quality of life, and evaluating interventions. 

Philippa Hood, MA

Philippa is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU. Her Master's thesis (2020), under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Chapman, examined the roles of mindfulness and emotion regulation as mechanisms of change in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her Ph.D. research, supervised by Dr. Chapman and Dr. Grace Iarocci, is a feasibility and acceptability trial of DBT for self-harming autistic adults. Philippa's research has been funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), the British Columbia Graduate Scholarship (BCGS), ISIT DBT, and SFU's Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI).

Research Interests: Participatory research and the autistic voice, third-wave psychotherapies, and suicide and self-harm

Madelaine Ressel

Madelaine is a Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program.

Research Interests: Community-engaged research methods, equity of access to ASD services, and ASD and other co-occurring mental health issues.

Vivienne Mount

Vivienne is a Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2016 with a BA (Hons.) in Psychology. Her undergraduate thesis examined emotion socialization and learned helplessness in children. She was a volunteer research assistant in the Child Self-Regulation Lab at Ryerson University where she contributed to the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts™ study and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families study.

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder and the family dynamic. 

Marisa Mylett

Marisa is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received her BA (Hons.) degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. As a behavioural interventionist, Marisa has worked with children and adolescents with various neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Research Interests: ADHD, ASD, socio-emotional functioning, gender differences, social expectations and culture, and internalizing problems in individuals with ADHD or ASD.

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Troy Boucher

Troy is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program and the Senior Research Assistant with the ADDL. Troy completed his BA (Hons.) at SFU with Dr. Iarocci in 2018.

Research Interests: Special interests and social development, health and wellbeing, autistic experiences and inclusion, and social attention and perceptual learning.

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Meryssa Waite

Meryssa is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received her BSc (Hons.) in Psychology at the University of Victoria. Meryssa has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities as a respite care provider, community support worker, and educational assistant.

Research Interests: Developmental disabilities and mental health, community inclusion, and identifying gaps in services available for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Lab Manager

Cassia McIntyre

Cassia is the Lab Manager of the ADDL. She completed her B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Marlene Moretti

Research Interests: Attachment, developmental psychopathology, developmental disabilities and quality of life, the experiences of siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities, and interpersonal violence.

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Research Assistants

Alyssa Chan

Alyssa Chan is a fifth-year undergraduate student planning to pursue an honours in Psychology and a minor in Counselling and Human Development. Growing up with a diagnosis of autism, she became curious about autism research in her high school days and is passionate about giving back to the disability community by helping individuals with disabilities create meaning out of their lives.

Research Interests: Autism and mental health, cultural stigma of invisible disabilities and mental health conditions, outcomes of youth and adults on the spectrum

Shana Harrison

Shana Harrison is a 4th year undergraduate student who is currently completing her BA in Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. In the future, Shana hopes to pursue graduate studies to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and to potentially pursue a doctoral degree. 

Research Interests: Girls with Autism, Social Camouflaging, Substance Use Disorder, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Applied Behaviour Analysis 

Jacob Koochin

Jacob Koochin is an undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Behavioural Neuroscience. As a research assistant in the ADDL, his goal is to help change the world and lift others up one step at a time. He has always loved helping build people up and desires a career that can continue to offer the same opportunity in a workaday world. Additionally, Jacob has enjoyed delving into Hellenic Studies at SFU. Aside from school, Jacob enjoys watching a healthy amount of TV shows and movies with his wife, and exploring the culinary arts in his own kitchen and the many kitchens beyond. He also like lots of naps!

Research Interests: ADHD and co-occurring conditions, eating disorders and the Binge Purge subtype of Anorexia Nervosa, Ancient Greece's influence on culture today

Alyssa Minniss

Alyssa is an undergraduate student currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with the intent to pursue grad school one day. Alyssa became interested in disability advocacy and research through her experience in supporting disabled and autistic individuals through a community support organization, and is excited to merge experience she has in the community with academic knowledge. Alyssa’s big goals are to increase community inclusion and access in society for autistic and disabled people and continue the work of the deinstitutionalization movement. Alyssa also greatly enjoys skiing, coffee, and buying way too much stationery.

Research Interests: mental health resource access for autistic and disabled people, inclusion of disabled people in faith spaces, deinstitutionalization, experiences and impact of institutionalization, community inclusion, self advocacy of disabled individuals

Hooman Salavati

Born and raised in Kurdistan, Iran, Hooman immigrated to Canada during his youth. He recently completed his BA in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. With the goal of pursuing a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, he is currently focusing on research and working in the mental health field. While completing his degree, Hooman worked with neurodiverse youth, adults, and seniors as a residential care worker. He loves to spend his free time running, doing anything involving soccer, and volunteering at various organizations.  

Research Interests: ADHD, Developmental disabilities, cultural barriers and stigma in mental health, developmental disabilities in immigrant youth and adults, emotional dysregulation and social difficulties in individuals with ADHD, Men’s mental health

Current Research Assistants (alphabetical order)

Anh-Thu (Bonnie) Vu

Dara Enns

Jennifer Shim

Vivian Ly