I am supported by an Early Career Transition Salary Award through the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (ACCFCR; 2015-2017). I was a post-doctoral trainee funded through a salary award from the CIHR Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) and my PhD work was funded through salary awards from the SickKids Foundation and the CIHR Autism Research Training Program.
Autism in the media: A framing analysis
Building employer capacity to advance employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities (Funding Source: Ontario Ministry of Community & Social Services)
Disclosing their child’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder to others: Family processes and perceived outcomes (Funding Source: WCHRI).
Joanna Hulzenga, MEd, BScOT. Joanna co-instructs Occth557/555 (Enabling occupation and participation for children and youth), amongst other responsibilities in the Department of OT and SKIP Lab. Joanna also works 0.6 FTE as a practicing OT with preschool and kindergarten children in Black Gold Regional Schools.
Marghalara Rashid, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow. Marghalara started a post-doctoral fellowship in January 2016. She brings expertise in knowledge synthesis and qualitative research methods to a new area of research related to building employment capacity for people with developmental disabilities.
Rinita Mazumder, MScRehab Science student. Rinita just joined us from Victoria, BC to pursue a Master's of Rehabilitation Science. She is interested in inclusion and stigma in ASD, and how knowledge of an ASD diagnosis may affect social inclusion in community contexts.
Oliver Bild, BSc, MSc.SLP student. Oliver is completing a thesis focused on pragmatic language outcomes related to participation in the PEERS Program (co-supervied by Dr. Monique Charest, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, UofA).
Stephanie Chiu, BSc Student. Stephanie is a 3rd year bioscience undergraduate student at UofA. She has been volunteering in the SKIP Lab since May 2015. She will be working in the SKIP Lab full time this summer (funded through an undergraduate research award) on a framing analysis of how ASD is portrayed in the Canadian media.
Karisa Teindl, MSc.OT Student. Karisa is currently in her first year of graduate studies in the Occupational Therapy program. Her research areas of interest include resiliency among children with disabilities and their caregivers, social perspective taking, animal-assisted therapy, and the accessibility of supports and services for adults with ASD. Karisa is working on the study "Building Employer Capacity to Support Meaningful Employment for Adults with Developmental Disabilities".