Shona completed her Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership at Sheridan College. Shona also completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Currently, she is an MA student in the Department of Applied Disability Studies specializing in applied behaviour analysis at Brock University.
Shona’s current research interests include investigating community intervention programs that improve outcomes for youth with autism during the transition to adulthood. For her thesis, Shona will be using behavioural skills training to teach community practitioners to implement a transition to adulthood program for youth with autism and their families. Shona is the lead research assistant on a study focusing on examining the effectiveness of a family group intervention at improving parent, youth, and parent-child outcomes as youth with autism transition to adulthood and on a study that seeks to understand how a family group intervention can be adapted to support youth with autism and co-occurring intellectual disability and their family during youths transition to adulthood.
Shona's clinical experiences include working with children with autism in one-on-one intensive behaviour intervention and delivering group programs for children with and without an identified disability.