​​​​​​​Our Research Team is comprised of a diverse group of individ​uals from various educational backgrounds.

Research Team Head & Principal Investigator

Dr. Brendan Andrade is a registered Clinical Psycholgist, Clinician-Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Margaret and Wallace McCainn Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Andrade's program of research determines the individual and social factors that contribute to disruptive behaviour in childhood and the development of personalized assessment and treatment approaches for children and parents with these difficulties.

Graduate Students

Shanelle Henry is a first year Ph.D student at OISE/University of Toronto in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Her research interests include examining how various risk and protective factors among children with disruptive behaviour disorders and their families affect treatment outcomes and developmental pathways.

Lee Propp is a first year Ph.D student at OISE/University of Toronto in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program and the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience. Her research interests are in the psychological, neuropsychological and biological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental and disruptive behaviour disorders in children, and how we can translate these findings to discover novel treatment targets for children and their families.

Anneesa Singh​​

Postdoctoral Fellows & Residents

Hali Kil is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she was a Senior Doctoral Fellow with the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program at New College. Her research interests include parent dispositional mindfulness and its correlates, parenting cognitions, children's hostile attributions, and parent-child socialization of moral values and ethnocultural identity.

Sarah Blakely-McClure is a psychology resident at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health. After this residency (2018-2019) she will receive her PhD from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Her research interests include examining developmental associations between aggression, victimization, and internalizing and externalizing problems. In addition, she is interested in clinical research that focuses on early prevention and intervention for children with aggression and peer victimization difficulties. 

Shanna Deasley

Psychology Practicum Students

​Michelle Rodrigues is a third year PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing a clinical-research practicum at the Better Behaviours Service. Michelle is interested in research examining the interaction of risk and protective factors in the family environment that influence children’s mental health outcomes and applying these findings to clinical settings.

Miranda DiLorenzo is a second year PhD student in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology Program at York University. She is currently completing a clinical-research practicum with the Better Behaviours Service. Her dissertation research examines stress physiology and behavior in the context of parent-child interactions. Her clinical research interests are focused on examining child self-report and how it predicts treatment outcomes.

Shaylea Badovinac 

Marlena Colasanto is a second year doctoral student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing a clinical-research practicum with the Better Behaviours Service. Her research examines the association between depression, family relationship difficulties, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Research Analysts

Shane MacDonald ​completed his post-graduate Clinical Research Program at Humber College. His program focused on understanding the intricacies of clinical trials and ensuring that all research is conducted with ethical guidelines. He doubles over as our teams project coordinator, ensuring the clinical trials are run smoothly and effectively.

Anjali Suri received her H.B.Sc. from the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Biology for Health Science. Her research interests include the relation between physiological arousal and emotion regulation to the development of aggression, guilt, prosociality and sympathy in children.

Research Assistants

Mona Jarrah

Anthony De Luca

Undergraduate Students and Volunteers

Anmol Boparai, Deepika Elango, Julia Martini, Jaspreet Randhawa, Katie Alonso, Serena Shukla, Damla Arslan, Labia Rizwan, Gloria Rebello.

​​Past Postdoctoral Fellows & Residents

Dr. Madison Aitken completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  She graduated from the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and currently works as a psychologist in the Mood and Anxiety Clinic.  Her research interests include the co-occurrence of emotional and behavioural problems with peer relationship difficulties, and clinical research focused on improving assessment and intervention approaches for children with disruptive behaviour.

Jennifer Khoury is a fourth year PhD student at Ryerson University in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests focus on neuroendocrine and autonomic stress physiology, as it relates to parent-child interactions and developmental psychopathology. Her dissertation research examines short-term and long-term neurobiological stress as it relates to the development of anxiety and depression in school-aged children. 

Stella Dentakos 

Jordana Waxman 

 

Aristotle Voineskos, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 

Daniel Gorman, The Hospital for Sick Children

Daniel Waschbusch, Hershey Medical Centre

David Haley, University of Toronto

Debbie Schachter, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 

Elizabeth Brownlie, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 

George Foussias,  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Gloria Chaim, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health   

Joanna Henderson, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Joe Beitchman, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health      

John Haltigan, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 

Peter Szatmari, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 

Robert McMahon, Simon Fraser University 

Rosemary Tannock, The Hospital for Sick Children

Stephanie Ameis, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Tamara Pringsheim, University of Calgary  

Tina Malti, University of Toronto

Tracey Skilling, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health