Doctoral Students

Marie-Michelle Boulanger is the Connections Lab Coordinator and a Doctoral student in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University in 2011. Marie-Michelle has worked as a research assistant for the Pop Lab in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as for the Connections lab. She also has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and behavioural disorders. She is interested in the study and development of school-based interventions for at-risk youth. Marie-Michelle is a 2014 recipient of the J.A. Bombardier CGS Master’s award and a 2015 recipient of the FRQSC Doctoral Research award.

Laura Varona Prevez is a Doctoral student in the School & Applied Child Psychology Program. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at McGill University in 2012. Prior to joining the program, Laura was a research assistant at the Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal. Here she was involved in a follow-up study investigating the perceived social stigma and peer difficulties in children treated for ADHD. Her other field experience includes working at the McGill Childcare Centre where she assists in implementing educational programs designed to ensure the overall social, cognitive, and physical development of the children. Her research interests involve the development of resilient social skills in children at high-risk for school failure and societal problems. Laura is also involved in various leadership roles within the department. She is the School & Applied Child Psychology Student Association VP of Media & Technology and the Internal Affairs Coordinator of the McGill Summer Institute for School Psychology 2016. She is currently the Editorial Assistant of the School Psychology Forum, an online journal published by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Michael Clyde is a Doctoral student in Human Development.

Paul Gomes, M.A., has been a volunteer for the Connections Lab since Fall 2013.

Akanksha Sharma, M.A., B.Sc (Honors) in Developmental Psychology from McMaster University, M.A. in Educational Psychology from McGill University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University.Her research projects involve face processing abilities among children with autism and ADHD. Her doctoral thesis will examine how children with autism and ADHD perceive faces and whether there are any similarities or differences between the groups. Her research interests fall under the realm of developmental psychopathology, with specificexperience with intellectual disability and autism. She hopes to practice as a clinician within school and hospital settings in the future.

Anna Polotskaia, M.Sc. is a graduate student in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology Psychology from Moscow State University in 2001, and her Master’s of Science degree in Psychiatry from McGill University n 2008. From 2002 Anna has been a part of the clinical and research team of the Pharmaco-Genetic Study of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at the Douglas Research Institute in Montreal (PIs and co-supervisors: Dr. Natalie Grizenko and Dr. Ridha Joober). Anna’s research interests include examination of school success factors, cognitive and genetic factors affecting treatments, as well as short and long term effects of pharmacological treatments in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(AD/HD). Anna is a recipient of Masters and Doctoral Awards from Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ), Canadian Institute of Health Research, McGill University  Principle's Graduate Fellowship , McGill University Graduate Studies Fellowship. She is also a recipient of a 2009  Vanier Fellowship from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Anthony Claro, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, School/Applied Child Psychology (McGill University), M.A. School/Applied Child Psychology (McGill University), B.Sc. Psychology (McGill University). Research Projects:PhD dissertation: An Examination of Adolescent Engagement in Risky Behaviours: Predictive Factors and Intervention. MA dissertation: Atypical Behaviours in Developmental Disorders: The Association Between Fatigue and Autistic Symptoms in Children With Cri du Chat Syndrome. His research interests cover a wide array of topics, stemming from adolescents at-risk for high-school dropout, to children with developmental disabilities.
Anna Takagi completed her B.Sc in psychology at the University of Toronto and is currently wrapping up her Master's thesis in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill. Her Master's thesis investigates the relationship between imitative ability and other factors such as language, adaptive behaviour, and social skills in children with Autism. Her PhD research is yet to be determined, but she is interested in risk and resilience in adolescents and interventions for delinquent youth.

Shalaka Shah, M.A. is a second-year Ph.D student in School/Applied Child Psychology. Her doctoral research focuses on the diagnosis of psychopathology in children with Borderline Intellectual Functioning, as well as improving their functioning through emotion regulation interventions. Shalaka was the recipient of a Master's level Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Award. She is also the recipient of the doctoral FRSQ award. She is also super cool, on several (though not all) levels.

Sarah Khayutin, M.A. is a Ph.D. student in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. She received her B.Sc. (Honours) in the BioPsych program at McMaster University and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Prior to starting her doctoral degree, Sarah worked as a psychometrist in two private practices in Ontario, completing psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. She has also worked as the undergraduate psychology advisor at McGill in 2011-2012. Her doctoral research will examine the development of sexuality in adolescent immigrant girls. Sarah is currently completing a field placement in the Severe Disruptive Behaviour Disorders Day Treatment Program at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, as well as at the Learning Associates of Montreal.

Lana Bergmame is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. She completed her B.A. in Honours Psychology in 2006, and her M.A. in Child Study (Department of Education) in 2010, at Concordia University. Her Master’s thesis investigated the impact of school recess periods on children’s behaviour throughout the school day, as well as the effects of structured versus unstructured physical activity periods on behaviour. Following the completion of her Master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant and project coordinator for a pediatric sleep research lab at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She is currently interested in research pertaining to the promotion of physical activity and health among school-aged children, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of school intervention services for children who are at-risk academically. 



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