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August 31, 2011

ECP Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology is happy to announce that we are welcoming two new faculty members, Dr. Armando Bertone and Dr. Jessica Ruglis. 

Dr. Armando Bertone joined ECP as an Assistant Professor of the School/Appied Child Psychology Program.

Dr. Bertone, a cognitive neuroscientist and clinical neuropsychologist, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at l’Université de Montréal, and a Researcher at the Fernand Seguin Mental Health Research Center. He directs the Perceptual Neuroscience Lab (PNLab) for Autism and Development, with sites at both the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, and l’Hôpital Rivière-des-Praries in Montréal, Canada. He is an FRSQ research scholar and has been a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ) since 2002. Dr. Bertone also sits on the scientific advisory board of CongniSens Inc., a privately-run company developing instruments for cognitive assessment and training. Dr. Bertone’s research interests include: Autism Spectrum Conditions, Development, Cognitive Assessment, Perceptual Learning, Visual and Auditory Processes, Multisensory Integration, Social Perception, and Technology Transfer.

Dr. Jessica Ruglis joined the ECP as an Assistant Professor of the Human Development Program.

Dr. Jessica Ruglis was a WK Kellogg Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. A former public school teacher; Jessica holds a PhD in Urban Education, an MPH in Community Health and an MAT in Secondary Science Education.

Dr. Ruglis conducts interdisciplinary, mixed methods, community based participatory action research. Employing an ecological and biosocial approach to inquiry, her research, theory and writing focuses on: the role of education and social policy in shaping human development, dis/advantage, insecurity and risk across the lifecourse and intergenerationally; schooling as a social determinant of health; school dropout as a public health issue; the biopolitics of school dropout; adolescent health and development; interventions for reducing school dropout and improving student engagement; alternative forms of civic engagement, capacity-building, leadership and resistance; and ethics of community and participatory research. In addition to research, Dr. Ruglis engages in local, state, national and international policy and legal issues related to this work.


February 22, 2011

"The Scope of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury on Youtube" Published Online

"The Scope of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury on Youtube" co-authored by ECP's Dr. Nancy Heath and Rick Noble, Ph.D. Candidate, was published online in Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatric, and was featured on  CBC News, as well as Fox News. It examines the accesibility and scope of videos posted on Youtube that contain nonsuicidal self-injurys. Click here to read the full article. 


February 10, 2011

"Tearing Down Barriers and Fighting Stigma" With Tara Flanagan


Dr. Tara Flanagan, Assistant Professor, sat down for a one-on-one interview that was featured in the McGill Reporter today. Dr. Falanagan discussed her research group SPARC (Social Policy, Advocacy, Research & Community) and they're research around encouraging social inclusion for people with development disabilities.

"Tara Flanagan, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and her team focus on easing the transition from high school into the "real world" for people with developmental disabilities. With a PhD in social cognition and autism under her belt, she came to McGill in 2008. What led her down this road, however, began when she was an undergrad one icy morning in Winnipeg..."

To read more please visit the following link for the web version of article:
Entre Nous with Tara Flanagan, Director of SPARC.