Shalini Sivathasan, PhD student in with our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP), has contributed an article to the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC), where she has volunteered since 2013. In the news item Shalini reflects on her experiences working with children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Shalini Sivathasan began her PhD in ECP's School/Applied Child Psychology program in 2015. Under the supervision of Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin, she is part of the Behaviour, Autism, and NeuroDevelopment (BAND) Research Group; and under the supervision of Dr. Jacob Burack, of the McGill Youth Study Team (MYST).
Shalini Sivathasan's research interests lie in elucidating processes of emotion recognition across multiple learning modalities in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Additionally, she aims to study the effect of providing multiple response options in emotion recognition tasks, for the purposes of providing insight into the use of effective teaching modalities for children with ASD in mainstream education. Ultimately, she hopes to develop and utilize unique and innovative strategies to improve our understanding of cognition and emotion as implicated in ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, in order to appropriately apply and disseminate research findings toward improving therapeutic practice.