Dr. Williams received her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University. She completed her Postdoctoral fellowships in health psychology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and clinical neuropsychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Dr. Williams is a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and Paediatric Subspecialist through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Currently, Dr. Williams is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Health Clinician-Scientist at SickKids in the Division of Neurology. In her clinical role, she leads the Neonatal Neuropsychological services for assessment and consultation for children and families following neonatal brain injury and associated medical conditions. Dr. Williams also provides families ongoing consultation.
As a Health Clinician-Scientist, co-director of the NeuroOutcomes lab, and co-chair of the NeuroOutcomes Family Advisory Committee, Williams’ research focuses on neuropsychological outcomes following early brain injury and the importance of supporting the family in optimizing resilience. She is the principal investigator of the I-InTERACT-North project and the Parent Experiences project. Together with a multi-disciplinary team, a strong group of students and research staff, Dr. Williams’ research program aims to learn more about modifiable factors promoting resilience following early brain injury, and to identify modes of service delivery that will optimize neuropsychological outcomes.
Dr. Westmacott received her PhD in Psychology (Brain & Behaviour) from The University of Toronto. She completed Postdoctoral fellowships in the Stroke Program at Toronto Western Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She trained in Paediatric Neuropsychology at SickKids and is currently a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and Paediatric Subspecialist through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Westmacott currently holds a position at SickKids as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Children’s Stroke program. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Westmacott is involved in teaching, supervision and mentorship of trainees, as well as clinical research. She is currently an associated professor in Paediatrics within the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Toronto and is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Psychology Program at York University. Dr. Westmacott’s research focuses on neurocognitive and mental health outcomes in children with a history of stroke and other neurovascular disorders.
Dr. Katia Sinopoli received her M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a licensed Psychologist with specialization in Neuropsychology (competency working with children, teens and adults). She currently holds a position as a Psychologist within the Department of Psychology and Division of Neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Sinopoli’s research has focused on examining the neurocognitive outcomes of various brain disorders and injuries in children and youth (e.g. multiple sclerosis, NF1).
Dr. Renee Sananes is a registered Psychologist in the Division of Cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Her clinical and research work focuses on assessment of neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants and children with congenital heart disease. Additionally, Dr. Sananes examines identifying factors that promote quality of life in families and children with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Désiré received her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at Université de Montréal. She completed her Postdoctoral fellowship in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Désiré is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the Division of Neurology and Plastic Surgery. In her role, she is providing bilingual assessment and consultation services for children and families following neonatal brain injury and with congenital or neurological conditions. Dr. Désiré’s research interests focus on examining the neurocognitive and psychosocial outcomes in children and youth with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions. At the NeuroOutcomes lab, she is currently collaborating with Dr. Williams on a clinical project investigating the feasibility and client satisfaction of a novel tiered tele-neuropsychological approach to delivering video-conferenced based screening assessments to children and families.
Angela is a Clinical Research Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), having recently been awarded the C-BMH’s Capitalize for Kids (C4K) Pediatric Mental Health Fellowship. Her clinical and research work focuses on the neuropsychological care of children with acquired brain injury, with attention to the social, familial, and neurological determinants of mental health. She is completing her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University, specializing in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Angela prioritizes patient-oriented research methodologies and commonly implements a mixed methods framework to her studies in order to encapsulate the voice and lived experiences of pediatric patients and their families. She has trained extensively in the neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention of children and youth with complex medical histories.
Dr. Beryl Chung completed her BScH in Biology and Psychology at Queen’s University and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. In the NeuroOutcomes lab, she coordinates neurodevelopmental research studies, including Dr. William’s I-InTERACT-North studies. Her passion is to improve the health of children through conducting research focused on early brain development and cognitive outcomes, the effects of early brain injury, and sex differences in neuropathology. She is committed to ongoing learning and making science accessible to both the inquisitive child and adult.
Samantha completed her honours undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University and her master’s degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University. She is currently in her PhD at York University in Clinical Developmental Psychology (Neuropsychology stream). Samantha’s research focus is on neural correlates in association with neuropsychological outcomes in children with congenital heart disease and children born preterm. Further, she examines cognition and psychosocial outcomes in paediatric neurodevelopmental conditions, and mild and traumatic brain injury.
Giulia completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at York University. In the NeuroOutcomes lab, Giulia assists with neurodevelopmental research studies, including Dr. William’s I-InTERACT-North studies. Her research and clinical interest are focused on neuropsychological and psychosocial outcomes following pediatric traumatic brain injury along with cognitive rehabilitation and digital health interventions. Giulia’s professional aspirations are to receive her PhD in clinical pediatric neuropsychology.
Rivky is in her third year of her PhD studying Clinical-Developmental Neuropsychology in Dr. Christine Till’s lab at York University. Her clinical intervention interests are on prevention and management of neurodevelopmental disorders in children, including by optimizing parenting strategies for these children. In the NeuroOutcomes lab, Rivky is a senior therapist on the Surviving and Thriving and Stepping up to COVID-19 studies. Rivky’s assessment experience has focused on paediatric neuropsychological assessments for children with early brain injury with an emphasis on remediation. Her research focuses on examining the effects of prenatal exposures to environmental neurotoxins on childhood health outcomes. Rivky is also focusing on knowledge dissemination in the field of prenatal health and aims to apply her research and clinical background to optimize child health outcomes before insult occurs.
Matt completed his master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology at The University of Western Sydney, Australia. As a Psychometrist with almost 15 years of experience he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and programs, administering neuropsychological assessments to children and adolescents with acquired brain injury, epilepsy, cleft lip and palate, as well as genetic and metabolic disorders. He is currently a Psychometrist in the Neonatal Neuropsychology and Neurosurgery programs at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Sarah is a mommy to three beautiful children. She is also a Special Education/ Resource Teacher with the Peel District School Board. Having taught in specialized Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities classrooms, Sarah’s knowledge of children’s developmental and academic needs, as well as children’s ability to show great resiliency, is paramount to her work both inside and outside of the classroom.
Sarah was first introduced to the Neonatal Neuropsychology Department at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 2014, after the birth of her daughter. She now proudly holds the position of co-chair of the NeuroOutcomes Family Advisory committee, speaking to the importance of family supports, highlighting resiliency, following initial diagnoses.
Patricia holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at U of T, with additional qualifications in Special Education. She has worked at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as a Psychometrist and Clinical Research Coordinator since 1998 where she has supported a variety of programs, administering developmental and neuropsychological assessments to premature babies and toddlers, children and adolescents with prenatal exposures, genetic and metabolic disorders, acquired brain injury, ADHD, and congenital heart defects. In these years, she has gained extensive experience assessing babies, children and adolescents who present with a range of mental health, emotional, behavioural and learning challenges and brings a caring and compassionate approach to working with medically complex children and their families. She approaches each assessment with curiosity and creativity and strives to create a positive and playful environment to ensure valid and reliable outcomes. She is currently a Psychometrist in the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Program at SickKids.
Rachael is a doctoral student in the Clinical-Developmental Neuropsychology Psychology program at York University. She completed her master’s in Clinical-Developmental Psychology in 2019. Rachael has trained at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) with the Epilepsy Surgery Program and Epilepsy Classroom, at Toronto Western Hospital with the Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic and at the York University Psychology Clinic where she has gained experience working with children, youth, and families with a variety of presenting concerns. She has also received training through her long-standing involvement in clinical research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Rachael has experience delivering a number of evidenced-based treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), parenting programs (e.g., The Incredible Years), DBT, and play-based therapy.
Bronwyn is a doctoral student in the School and Clinical Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at U of T. She completed her master’s in School and Clinical Child Psychology at OISE in 2018, and her master’s in Child Study in Education at OISE in 2013. Bronwyn is also an Ontario Certified Teacher. Bronwyn’s research focuses on the integration of assistive technology into classrooms as part of the Academic Intervention Lab at OISE.
Bronwyn has trained at the Toronto District School Board, the OISE Psychology Clinic, the Family Psychology Centre and at other private psychology clinics. Bronwyn has training in a number of evidenced-based treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills, and play-based therapy. She is currently a therapist in the I-InTERACT-North program at the NeuroOutcomes lab at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She provides therapy for children, teens, parents, and families experiencing a range of difficulties, using an integrative, collaborative approach. Bronwyn also provides psychological assessments for children and teens struggling with learning, attentional, and developmental challenges.
In addition to Bronwyn’s research and clinical work, she also hosts and produces the Accidental Intellectual podcast, loves to create and DIY, and spends time with her husband and two kitties, Marble and Mozzarella.
Dr. Durish is a Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She completed her bachelor of arts in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her clinical work is focused on neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with various neurological conditions (e.g., stroke, epilepsy, brain tumour, brain injury), as well as psychotherapeutic intervention among children and adolescents with complex medical histories. Her research expertise is in traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents, with a particular focus on examining the roles of cognitive reserve and psychological resilience in recovery from concussion.
Dr. Ali Taradash received her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University in October, 2007. Her research focused on romantic relationships in adolescence and their links with psychosocial functioning. While completing her clinical requirements for the PhD, she completed her clinical training at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Taradash has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), parent-child therapy, play-based therapy, as well as the I-Interact-North program.