LaB   Director

Our
Team
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Todd   Cunningham

     Todd is a faculty member in the Applied Psychology and Human Development department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children after earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toronto.  His area of expertise is adaptive educational technology, specifically the circumvention of students’ academic weaknesses to help them better attain and retain knowledge.

Our
Team
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LaB   Director

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Todd   Cunningham   PhD   C.Psych

     Todd is a faculty member in the Applied Psychology and Human Development department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children after earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toronto.  His area of expertise is adaptive educational technology, specifically the circumvention of students’ academic weaknesses to help them better attain and retain knowledge.

LaB   Director

Graduate Students

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Bronwyn   Lamond   MA   OCT

Current Program

PhD 4th Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology from OISE

MA in Child Study and Education from OISE

BSc. in Honours Specialization Psychology from Western University

Research Interests

   Bronwyn's research focuses on student and teacher perceptions of assistive technology. She is particularly interested in the barriers to assistive technology integration into classrooms.

Contact her at bronwyn.lamond@mail.utoronto.ca

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Harrison   McNaughtan   MA

Current Program

PhD 3rd Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology from OISE

MA in Developmental Psychology and Education from OISE

BScH in Psychology from Queen's University

Research Interests

   Harrison's research in the past has focused on adolescents and emerging adults with Autism and how they understand romance and signal consent. Moving forward, Harrison's research will focus on validating the Hypothesis-Driven Integrated Psychological Assessment method for psychological assessments in the context of education.

Contact him at h.mcnaughtan@mail.utoronto.ca

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Francis  Wall   MA

Current Program

PhD 3rd Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology from OISE

BScH in Psychology from University of Toronto Scarborough

Research Interests

   Francis is currently studying the use of assistive technology for children with difficulties in writing. He hopes to identify ways in which assistive technology can be used to bypass areas of specific weakness, such as planning, organizing, or producing words to reduce the cognitive load of tasks that may otherwise be overwhelming.  

Contact him at francis.wall@mail.utoronto.ca

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Emily Staffiere   MA

Current Program

PhD 2nd Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology from OISE

BScH in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests

   Emily’s research examines the effectiveness of different keyboarding programs on typing skill acquisition for elementary students. This research will inform intervention recommendations for students with writing challenges so they can develop their typing skills when provided a laptop as an assistive technology, and in doing so optimize its use.

Contact her at emily.staffiere@mail.utoronto.ca

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Andrea   Zians   MA

Current Program

PhD 4th Year 

Developmental Psychology and Education

Previous Education

MA in Psychology from OISE

BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University

Research Interests

   Andrea's research focuses on post-secondary students and their usage of supports and resources that increase academic success.  She is primarily interested in how under-represented groups in post-secondary settings utilize resources and supports like assistive technology and learning strategies.

Contact her at andrea.zians@mail.utoronto.ca

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Damian   Page   Ma

Current Program

PhD 1st Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

MA School and Clinical Child Psychology from OISE

BA Honours in Psychology from the University of Victoria

Research Interests

   Damian's research focuses on exploring factors that affect the early identification of emerging mental health disorders in children. Specifically, he is interested in the association between mental health literacy and the ability of teachers to discriminate between developmental typical student behaviour and behaviours indicative of emerging mental health disorders.

Contact him at damian.page@mail.utoronto.ca

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Lisa  Phyllis   MA

Current Program

PhD 5th Year 

Developmental Psychology and Education

Previous Education

MA in Child Studies from Ryerson University

Research Interests

   Lisa's research is focused on improving educational equality for children labelled with special education needs.

Contact her at lisa.phyllis@mail.utoronto.ca

Kunio   Hessel   MSC

Current Program

MA 2nd Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

MSc in Psychology from The University of Western Ontario

BCogSci(H) in Cognitive Science from Carleton University 

Research Interests

   Kunio's current research examines school engagement among refugee high school students. His thesis project involves interviewing teachers in specialized English Literacy Development programs to learn more about the refugee student experience and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their learning.

Contact him at kunio.hessel@mail.utoronto.ca

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Shona   Mistry   MEd

Current Program

MA 1st Year 

Developmental Psychology and Education Psychology

Previous Education

MA in Developmental Psychology & Education from OISE

MEd in Developmental Psychology and Education from OISE

BA in Psychology from McGill University

Research Interests

  Shona's research focuses on the interaction between learning challenges and disabilities and youth substance use. Her prior MA thesis focused on the role of family factors in substance use treatment for youth with learning disabilities. The aim of my research is to understand the intersection between education and developmental psychology when treating youth with severe mental health challenges and addictive behaviors.

Contact her at shona.mistry@mail.utoronto.ca

Research

Placement

Students

These students have joined our lab for one school year as part of an undergraduate Research Opportunity Program or OISE's MEd Research Practicum Course.

Research  

Volunteers

These lab members volunteer their time to support a variety of on-going research studies happening in our lab.