B.A. (Hons.), Psychology, Queen's University
M.Phil., Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, York University
Since the 1980’s, my research has involved persons with developmental disabilities, persons with dual diagnosis (developmental disabilities and mental health problems) and persons with acquired or traumatic brain injuries and their families and caregivers. Studies have included attitudes toward persons with disabilities, coping with stress associated with caring for a person with disabilities, factors contributing to successful community integration of persons with disabilities and the impact of aging on individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.
Since 2009, I have been principal investigator on the CIHR funded HELPS Inc research team investigating: Health, Education and Learning Partnerships Promoting Social Inclusion of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities and a co-principal investigator on a second CIHR team: Go4Kidds investigating: Great Outcomes for Kids Impacted by Severe Developmental Disabilities and their Families.
Since 1974, I have been involved in various professional and academic activities involving persons with disabilities and their families. From 1974 to 1979, I worked in Australia where I held a variety of positions including deputy superintendent at a residential center for children and young adults with developmental disabilities, and chief clinical psychologist for the state mental retardation services. I was also lecturer/consultant to hospitals and universities in the Melbourne area and throughout Victoria state.
In addition to my current appointment in
Psychology, I am cross-appointed to the
Department of Psychiatry and the
School of Rehabilitation Therapy. I have been an Associate of the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation at Queen's which provided opportunities for me to become involved in a number of projects with colleagues in India. In addition to my academic work, I am a a consulting psychologist and member of the Queen's University Developmental Consulting Program comprising an interprofessional team serving individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health/behavioural challenges and their families.