Masters Students


Elif Wonders is a Master’s level student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program. Elif completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto (UofT). During her undergraduate degree Elif completed an honours thesis that examined how executive functions relate to emotion regulation abilities. She has worked as a psychometrist for Dr. Anthony Ruocco’s Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at UofT as well as for Dr. Rhonda Martinussen’s ADHD and Literacy Laboratory at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In these laboratories, she worked with patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as with students diagnosed with ADHD, respectively. Elif’s goal is to develop efficacious family and community mediated intervention programs for at-risk youth and child populations. She is also interested in developing non-invasive interventions that strengthen cognitive abilities and improve emotion regulation skills in children and youth.

Damyan Edwards is a second year Master’s student in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. He is the co-founder of Metropolitan Tutoring and specializes in home-bound tutoring for students with various behavioural and developmental disorders at the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). Additionally, he is a newly admitted player on the McGill Men’s Volleyball team. Damyan is part of a multidisciplinary collaboration between education psychologists, neuroscientists, geneticists, and clinicians that will evaluate a panel of biomarkers with the goal of improving classification of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and gaining insight into pathophysiological mechanisms. He has co-authored two biomedical journal publications in collaboration with Dr. Linda Papa from Orlando, Florida, and has submitted a paper under revision to the Journal of Tobacco Research. Damyan’s Master’s Project will involve collaborating with Adult Education teachers and implementing school-based interventions on Self-Regulated Learning that will ultimately foster lifelong learners.


Micah Tilley is a second year Master’s student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program. She received her undergraduate honours degree in psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013. At Memorial she was a member of the Memorial Institute for Research and Intervention in Anxiety and Mood (MIRIAM) lab, where she studied various domains of self-worth as they relate to the quality of parent, peer, and sibling relationships. Micah is currently working on her Master's thesis investigating the effects of a social skills intervention on students’ classroom relationships and academic performance. Her research interests include teacher-child and peer relationships, social neglect in the classroom, the development of school-based interventions for at risk youth, and implementation science. Micah is a 2014 recipient of the J.A. Bombardier CGS Master’s award.


Yukwal Wong is a second year master's level student. He recently completed a B Ed. at OISE University of Toronto (Inner-City Cohort),  and is a licensed teacher in Ontario.  Prior, he completed a B Sc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include: 1) the effects of external structures such as poverty, family structure, and social media on school experiences, 2) school-based factors that disrupt the ability to self-regulate learning and exacerbate the development of addictive behaviours.


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