Troy Boucher

Troy is the Senior Research Assistant in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab. He is also a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Grace Iarocci. 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.

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 serves as an assistant coach on the SFU Men's Lacrosse team, where he previously played as a goaltender. Troy is of the Métis Nation of Alberta and loves learning about and connecting with the Indigenous cultures in British Columbia. 

Troy's research interests include special 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, and Special Olympics Global Youth Engagement

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