GRADUATE STUDENTS

Emma Chaikowsky

Emma Chaikowsky

MA Student

Emma is currently involved in a research project implementing Prosocial, a process-focused group intervention rooted in contextual behavioural science, with developmental support agencies in Southern Ontario.

Jean Phan

Jean Phan

MA Student

Jean's thesis is focused on evaluating the effects of a brief mindfulness mobile application intervention on mindful parenting and non-compliance in children with autism.

Kevin Yu

Kevin Yu

MA Student

Kevin is interested in examining the effects of strengths-based approaches in creating positive changes in the lives of youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

Shona Mills

Shona Mills

MA Student

Shona is interested in using behavioural skills training to teach individualized employment skills to adolescents and adults with autism.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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Amanda Ramsuchit

MADS

Amanda is a research assistant on a project led by Dr. Nicole Luke (Dr. Burnham Riosa is a co-investigator) focusing on examining the impact of involvement in the Canada Games on Ontario athletes.

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Qi Wan

MADS Student

Qi has been a research assistant in Dr. Burnham Riosa's lab since Fall 2020. She enjoys being involved in this lab and working with such a great team.

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Silvana Zelaya

MADS

Silvana is a research assistant on a project led by Dr. Nicole Luke (Dr. Burnham Riosa is a co-investigator) focusing on examining the impact of involvement in the Canada Games on Ontario athletes.

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Amanpreet Randhawa

MA Student

Amanpreet is a research assistant in Dr. Burnham Riosa's lab. One of her projects is focused on understanding the experiences of child life specialists who care for pediatric patients with autism. She is also working on the mindful parenting project.

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Sarah Jichici

MADS

Sarah joined Dr. Burnham Riosa's lab as a research assistant where she conducted reliability and rigour assessments for a scoping review on interventions for youth with transition difficulties.

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Julia Mindru

BSc Student

Julia is the newest member of Dr. Burnham Riosa’s lab. She will be working on several projects in the lab, including Transitioning Together.

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Serena D'Angelo

BAH Student

Serena has recently become a member of Dr. Burnham Riosa’s lab as a research assistant on a Transitioning Together research project.

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Palak Chopra

BSc Student

Palak has recently become a member of Dr. Burnham Riosa’s lab as a research assistant to gain research experience, which will aid her in her future in medicine.

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Shangavi Kannan

MPH Student

Shangavi has recently joined Dr. Burnham Riosa’s laboratory (Summer 2021). She has contributed to a myriad of projects, including Transitioning Together, during her time in the lab. She joined this team to develop her applied research skills.

ALUMNI

MA GRADUATES
Brynn Jichici

Brynn Jichici

MA

Brynn conducted a review and meta-analysis of behavioural interventions for transition difficulties in children and youth with developmental disabilities.

Brittany Davy

Brittany Davy

MA

Brittany currently works at an autism program in Niagara Region, while she pursues her PhD in Health and Society at McMaster University.

Rebecca Ensor

Rebecca Ensor

MA

Rebecca currently works as a Clinical Coordinator in the autism program at Hamilton Health Sciences and professor at Mohawk College and McMaster University.

 
 
 
PAST RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS
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Samantha Brennan (Undergraduate)

Julia Dubinsky (Undergraduate)

Dana Kalil (Undergraduate)

Tia Rustenberg (Undergraduate)

​Roxana Badiei (MBA & MPH)

Sandhya Seeram (Undergraduate)