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Human Development faculty

The following is a listing of faculty members in the Human Development program.  All academic staff.

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Armando Bertone


514-398-3448 | armando [dot] bertone [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

Autism Spectrum Conditions, Development, Cognitive Assessment, Cognitive Training, Perceptual Learning, Development of Visual and Auditory Processes, Multisensory Integration, Social Perception, and Technology Transfer.

Research webiste: Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory (PNLab) for Autism and Development    

Jacob Burack


514-398-3433 | jacob [dot] burack [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

The development of attention and cognition among typically developing children, persons with autism, and persons with specific syndromes associated with intellectual disabilities.

Research website: McGill Youth Study Team

Jeff Derevensky

Jeffrey Derevensky


514-398-4249 | jeffrey [dot] derevensky [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

Child development, developmental psychopathology, addiction, gambling.

Research website: International Centre for Youth Gambling & High Risk Behaviors

Tara Flanagan

Tara Flanagan

Assistant Professor

514-398-3441 | tara [dot] flanagan [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

Inclusive Education; Social inclusion; Social policy; Transition; Self-determination; Quality of Life; People with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups.

Nancy Heath

Program Director, James McGill Professor

514-398-3439 | nancy [dot] heath [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)  | Profile page

Mental health in schools; enhancing mental health resilience; non-suicidal self-injury.

Research website: Heath Research Team

Jessica Ruglis (on leave)

Assistant Professor

514-398-2418 | jessica [dot] ruglis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile Page

School dropout, early school leaving and dis/engagement; educational trajectories; educational inequities; child and adolescent health and development; relationships between education and health; social determinants of health; social and education policy; social theory; critical race and social issues in education.


Robert Savage

Associate Professor & William Dawson Scholar

514-398-3435 | robert [dot] savage [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

The development of cognitive processes in normal reading and spelling in the early years; the cognitive psychology of poor reading and developmental dyslexia. Literacy and related interventions, particularly in the elementary school years, including use of technology.

Research website: ABRACADABRA (A Balanced Reading Approach for Canadians Designed to Achieve Best Results for All)

Steven Shaw

Assistant Professor

514-398-4913 | steven [dot] shaw [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

Resilience, pediatric psychology, and neurogenetic connections.

Research website: Resilience, Pediatric Psychology, & Neurogenetic Connections Lab


Ingrid Sladeczek

Associate Professor

514-398-3450 | ingrid [dot] sladeczek [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

Developmental disabilities across the lifespan; early intervention; consultation; behavior and emotional disorders.

Research website: Dr. Sladeczek's Research Team

Ronald Stringer (on leave)

Associate Professor

514-398-3428 | ronald [dot] stringer [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Profile page

Assessment, Practice of School Psychology, Reading, Reading disability, AD/HD.

Research website: High Ability and Inquiry Research Group (HAIR)

Victoria Talwar

Associate Professor, Canadian Research Chair Tier 2

514-398-3438 | victoria [dot] talwar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)  | Profile page

Development of lying in children, theory of mind, and child witness testimony.

Research website: Talwar Child Development Research Lab

Robert J. Vallerand

Robert Vallerand


514-398-6689 | robert [dot] vallerand [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Motivational processes and how these may affect functioning for better or for worse across the lifespan. His research has recently focused on the concept of passion and its impact on psychological, physical, and relational well-being as well as expert performance and contributions to society.

Research website: Research Laboratory on Social Behavior


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