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Emma Chaikowsky

MA Student

Emma completed her Honours Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Human Behaviour at McMaster University with a specialization in Autism and Behavioural Sciences through a joint program with Mohawk College. She also completed an Interdisciplinary Minor in Social Justice and Inclusive Communities. Emma is currently an MA student in the Department of Applied Disability Studies specializing in leadership, diversity, community and culture at Brock University.

Emma is working under the co-supervision of Drs. Laura Mullins and Burnham Riosa. Her research interests have been largely influenced by her experience in the field of working with adults and children with developmental disabilities in clinical, home, and recreation settings. These interests include fostering self-determination and empowerment with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, exploring sexual expression and disability especially when it confounds with other identity intersections, and participatory action-based approaches to encourage more inclusive and collaborative research practices.

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. She has co-presented posters at the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s (ABAI) 2020 Culturo-Behavior Science for a Better World Conference, Ontario Association for Developmental Disabilities Research Special Interest Group’s 2021 conference, me the ABAI’s 2021 annual conference.

Emma is currently working as a teaching assistant at Brock in the graduate department of Applied Disability Studies and as a community-based behaviour consultant for complex cases under the supervision of a BCBA. She has further completed certifications in gender and sexual violence support (Human Rights and Equity at Brock), knowledge mobilization (Lifespan Development Research Institute at Brock), and instructional skills (Instructional Skills Workshop, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at Brock). She is passionate about uplifting disabled voices and working collaboratively to improve the quality of life and self-determination of disabled people.

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