Troy Boucher

Troy is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Grace Iarocci. He is a Vanier Scholar funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Troy first began working with the ADDL in 2016 as a work-study student, helping with the administration of various research studies. In 2017, Troy became the Lab Manager, responsible for the organization and oversight of volunteers and employees of the ADDL and the lab's research activities, events, and camps. In 2021, Troy transitioned into the role of Senior Research Assistant and oversees the collection, entry, and management of data in the ADDL. Currently, Troy leads several projects, including a recent study investigating the stigmatization of autistic youth by adults

Troy completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Grace Iarocci. His MA thesis, Investigating the Manifestation and Subjective Experience of Restricted Interests in Autistic and Non-Autistic Youth: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, investigated the factors that motivate and sustain a child's engagement with very intense interests in autistic and non-autistic youth.

In his spare time, Troy enjoys reading, cooking, and watching lacrosse, having previously served as a goaltender and assistant coach of the SFU Men's Lacrosse team. Troy is a citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia, and is teaching PSYC 391 - "Indigenous People and Psychology" in the Spring and Summer 2024 semesters. 

Troy's research interests include intense interests and social development, health and wellness in people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, autistic experiences and inclusion, decolonizing research and clinical practice, and social attention and perceptual learning. Troy's research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Special Olympics British Columbia, Special Olympics Global Youth Engagement, and SFU's Community Engagement Initiative.


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