LaB   Director

Our
Team

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

LaB   Director

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

Bronwyn   Lamond   MA   OCT

Current Program

PhD 3rd 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

Harrison   McNaughtan   MA

Current Program

PhD 2nd 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

Francis  Wall   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 University of Toronto Scarborough

Research Interests

   Francis is currently exploring how learning to use assistive technology can influence the mental exertion, or cognitive load students experience in school. To better understand how assistive technology can reduce student cognitive load, he is also studying new ways to measure cognitive load using only the camera from a personal mobile device.     

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

Emily Staffiere   BSC

Current Program

PhD 1st Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

BScH in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests

   Emily’s research examines the effectiveness of typing interventions on quality of written expression for students with learning disabilities in the area of writing. She is interested in developing an appropriate typing measure that will be used in the evaluation of various keyboarding programs that aim to teach typing skills to students.

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

Andrea   Zians   MA

Current Program

PhD 3rd 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 how accommodations and assistive technology support students with disabilities in the post-secondary setting. She am interested in understanding the variables that lead to successful engagement with the supports and services provided by post-secondary institutions.

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

Damian   Page   BA

Current Program

MA 2nd Year 

School and Clinical Child Psychology

Previous Education

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 role educators play in identifying problem behaviours indicative of inchoate psychopathologies.

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

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 1st 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 previous research has focused on moral and cognitive development, as well as bullying. He is currently developing a project to investigate the school engagement of refugee youth in Canada, and hopes to work with teachers, students, and parents to promote education and school engagement in refugee populations.

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

Shona   Mistry   MEd

Current Program

MA 1st Year 

Developmental Psychology and Education Psychology

Previous Education

MEd in Developmental Psychology and Education from OISE

BA in Psychology from McGill University

Research Interests

   Shona's research focus is on the interactions between learning disabilities, addiction, and mental health. Her current research investigates the role of family factors (e.g., parenting style, family functioning, and parent engagement) on substance use treatment between youth with and without learning disabilities.

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.

© 2020 By Dr. Todd Cunningham