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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

Dr. Jeffrey 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

Associate 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

Other Academic Staff

Associate Members

Please note Associate Members can supervise Graduate Students but another core Faculty member must be listed as co-supervisor.

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Suzanne King, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

514-761-6131 ext. 2353

suzanne [dot] king [at] douglas [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) | Website

Dr King is a researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre. She is currently completing a study aimed at increasing understanding of the ability of schizophrenia patients and controls to accurately perceive social cues, identify the emotions of a confederate, and attribute intentions to them, and to determine the kinds of neuropsychological abilities that underlie this capacity.

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