Core Researchers

Name Role and Research Interests
Dr. Vicki Schwean
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education
Developmental psychological, behavioral and learning assessment Childhood psychopathology with emphasis on ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders Systemic reform in service delivery for vulnerable children
Dr. Claire Crooks
Faculty of Education
Associate Professor, Applied Psychology, and Director of Centre for School Mental Health Examining the gaps between science, practice, and policy related to healthy development of children and youth; How effective programs get adapted and implemented in different contexts and how these are evaluated; How do educators and others implement complex and skill-based policies?
Dr. Daniel Ansari
Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute
Professor, Department of Psychology Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Mind, Brain and Education Development of numerical and mathematical skills
Dr. Shiva Singh
Faculty of Science
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biology Epigenetics in an animal model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders DNA methylation initiatives drug responses in animal model of szicophrenia Twin Genomics – a novel framework for discoveries in genome fidelity using complete genome sequences
Dr. Marc Joanisse
Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute
Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate Affairs), Department of Psychology How children acquire and their brains process first language Language impairment Dyslexia
Dr. Lance Lochner
Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor, Department of Economics Labor economics Public economies Economics of education Economics of crime
Dr. Elizabeth Hayden
Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute
Professor, Department of Psychcology Developmental psychopathology of mood disorders Assessment of temperament and personality
Dr. Lisa Archibald
Faculties of Health Sciences and Social Sciences
Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Interaction between language and memory in typical and atypical development Role of memory in communication disorders
Dr. J Bruce Morton
Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology The development of self-regulation and control, and its link with changes in brain function in children and teens
Dr. Don Saklofske
Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor (Personality and Measurement Area Chair), Department of Psychology Individual differences with a particular emphasis on personality and intelligence, including emotional intelligence across the lifespan.
Dr. Shannon Stewart
Faculty of Education
Associate Professor and Director of Training, School and Applied Child Psychology, Applied Psychology Improving early identification of mental health and substance use Enhancing access to mental health services Contributing to increased evidence-informed care planning to improve the functionality of mental health services across multiple service sectors
Dr. Rachel Heydon
Faculty of Education
Professor, Curriculum Studies Academic and Research Program Chair, Curriculum Studies Multimodal literacy, the arts, and digital technologies in intergenerational curricula, kindergarten literacy curricula, professional learning for teachers in language arts, and the use of socio-material theories in curriculum research.
Dr. Kate Choi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology Family sociology, social demography, international migration, social inequality, social determinants of health, and quantitative methodology
Dr. Marcie Penner-Wilger
King’s University College
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Numerical cognition in children and adults Cognitive and neuropsychological precursors to mathematical skill in children Cognitive neuroscience of numerical abilities and cross-domain modeling Computational modeling of numerical cognition
Dr. Janice Cardy
Faculty of Health Sciences Brain and Mind Institute
Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, non-verbal learning disabilities Event-related potentials, magnetoencephalography Auditory processing, psycholinguistics Information processing speed
Dr. Christine D. Tsang
Huron University College
Chair, Department of Psychology, and Associate Professor Interaction between music and language perception in early childhood Communicative role of playsongs and lullabies Role of music training on reading skills in early childhood
Dr. Shannon Sibbald
Faculties of Health Sciences and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Health Sciences and Family Medicine/Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Health and health systems Public health, health promotion and population ethics Interdisciplinary research Knowledge to action and implementation science Integrated knowledge work
Dr. Evelyn Vingilis
Schulic School of Medicine and Dentistry
Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics Health policy Determinants of health Alcohol, drugs, and traffic safety Mental health policy and reform Adolescent health and well-being
Dr. Elizabeth Caucutt Associate Professor, Department of Economics Public finance Labor economics
Dr. Linda Miller Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) Refining measurement through the use of large samples and multiple variables, using large survey bases and modeling methods Improving our understanding of health and education conditions by examining the measurement of these constructs Refining measurement through improving our understanding of the factors that affect measurement.
Dr. Karen Bax
Faculty of Education
Assistant Professor and Managing Director of Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre Evidence-informed/evidence-based practice within community agencies Social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practice Research in real world setting: working across systems and building collaborative relationships