Dr. Christie Burtonjoined the Schachar team in 2012 as a post-doctoral fellow and is presently a Research Associate. She received her Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2012. Her previous research focused on characterizing and understanding neurobiology of behaviours relevant to drug addiction (e.g. impulsivity) in adolescents under the supervision of Dr. Paul Fletcher. Currently, she is studying the genomic underpinnings of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in collaboration with the Schachar team and Dr. Paul Arnold at the University of Calgary. Projects include the community-based Spit for Science and collaborations with the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) ADHD and OCD working groups. Dr. Burton is also the Outreach Coordinator for the PGC ADHD and OCD working groups.
Dr. Annie Dupuis, PhD
Dr. Annie Dupuis joined the Schachar Lab in 2010. She completed her PhD in biostatistics at the University of Toronto in November 2001, and pursued her post-doctoral training under the supervision of Dr. Mary Corey at SickKids working in cystic fibrosis research. She is an adjunct professor in the biostatistics department at the University of Toronto. She has developed expertise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and learning disabilities. She has extensive experience in the analysis of large databases, questionnaire design and validation, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, the development of diagnostic rules and measurement norms, latent class analysis, and graphical methods.
Nicole Roslin, MSc
Nicole Roslin joined the team in December 2021 as a biostatistician. She has a background in microbiology and statistics, and has been working in the field of human genetics since 1998. Nicole joined SickKids in 2008, working as a statistical consultant at The Centre For Applied Genomics (TCAG). There, she developed expertise in the analysis of a wide variety of genetic data types, including single variants, copy number changes, epigenetics, gene expression, and next generation sequencing.
Avalon Henry, MA Clinical Research Project Manager
Avalon Henryjoined the Schachar Lab in 2015 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant working on the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network project and is now a Clinical Research Project Manager for the Spit for Science project. She received her MA in Psychology from Pace University in New York City where she studied young children’s social skills, inhibition and pretend play throughout the developmental stages under the supervision of Dr. Thalia Goldstein and Dr. Lisa Rosenthal. She moved to Toronto and completed training with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy and began practicing as a Play Therapist. Avalon has a passion for working with and helping children as a researcher and as a therapist.
Diletta Mora, PhD Candidate
Diletta Mora joined the Schachar Crosbie Lab in June 2022 as a PhD candidate with a background in clinical psychology. She is a fully qualified psychologist and she graduated at the University of Padova. At the moment, she is doing her PhD in the development and well-being of individuals and organizations at the University of LUMSA (Rome). Her research focuses are the role of new technologies and virtual reality applied to psychology in order to improve mental health and well-being and the evaluation of the effects and benefits related to online psychology.
Teddy Cheung, PhD, MSSC, MSc, PGDip
Teddy C.K. Cheung, PhD, C Psych Assoc (Ontario), C Psychol (UK & Hong Kong), joined SickKids in November 2021 as a clinical research fellow, with background in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He received his PhD in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2022. He is funded through the Research Training Centre Clinician Scientist Training Program (CSTP) of the Centre for Brain & Mental Health as a Garry Hurvitz Fellow. His research focuses on children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular interest in multisensory perception, scale validations and intervention evaluations. Teddy is involved in a research program focused on developing and evaluating novel technology-based programs that assess and treat neurocognitive deficits in children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. He is also working within a larger research collaboration assessing the impact of COVID-19 on irritability of children and youth. He consults with NGO to assess needs of and barriers for young adults with ASD in employment and career development.
Taha Arshad, BSc Clinical Research Project Coordinator
Taha Arshad is a Clinical Research Project Coordinator in the Schachar Crosbie lab, and has been a part of the lab since September 2020. Taha graduated from McMaster University in 2018, with a Bachelor of Science + specialization in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. Taha’s research experiences have taken him all over the place, including forensic psychology, neuropsychology, substance use disorders, mood disorders, cognition, as well as diabetes research. Taha is very excited and grateful to be working with such a strong team of individuals!
Sabah Shaikh, MPH
Sabah Shaikh joined the Schachar Crosbie Lab in 2021 as a Clinical Research Project Coordinator. Before joining the lab, Sabah completed her Master in Public Health Epidemiology from NYU, where she investigated how attachment and identity affirmation interact with minority stressors and physiological markers among young sexual minority men. Before NYU, Sabah worked as a Clinical Trials Manager, where she and her team investigated the efficacy of omega-3 formulation on cardiovascular disease risk factors. As an avid proponent for mental health and wellness, Sabah aspires to continue, and contribute to, pediatric mental health and neuroscience research in the future.
Aarti Doshi, BA, BCom Candidate
Aarti Doshi joined the team in June 2019 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant for the Spit for Science 2 study. She currently works as a Clinical Research Project Coordinator for a feasibility study examining psychopathology among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Aarti graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health. During the final year of her undergraduate degree, Aarti worked as a Mental Health Research Assistant for Dr. Kathleen Pajer’s lab at the CHEO Research Institute, assisting with neuropsychiatric clinical research that focused on adolescent girls with suicidality and/or self-harm behaviours. She later held the position of a Data Quality Clerk within the CHEO Research Institute. After the completion of her Bachelor of Commerce in Healthcare Management, Aarti aspires to complete a master and a doctoral degree in the field of clinical psychology.
Jana Radosavljevic, BSc Clinical Research Project Coordinator
Joined the team in 2019 BSc: University of Toronto
Jana Radosavljevic joined the team in June 2019 as a Junior Research Assistant working on “Spit for Science 2”. Since then, she has taken on various roles in the lab, including working in the POND Network. Jana currently works as a Clinical Research Project Coordinator for the “Spit for Science 2” project. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree where she specialized in Neuroscience, majored in Psychology, and minored in Biology. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Jana was involved in numerous research labs investigating personality and interpersonal perception, epigenetics, and mindfulness meditation. Jana aspires to become a Clinician-Scientist and investigate biomarkers involved in mood and psychotic disorders.
Navi Dhaliwal, BSc
Navi Dhaliwal joined the Schachar + Crosbie lab as a Junior Research Assistant on Spit for Science 2. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Psychology with Co-Op with a minor in Biology. Throughout her undergrad she has been curious about Executive Function development in children, leading her through a directed studies project looking at the interventions available to children with executive dysfunction, and a thesis project examining the role of executive dysfunction and children’s mental health. She has been involved in numerous labs – starting in the Memory, Attention, and Cognition Lab, later joining the Gambling Research Lab and the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Lab. Navi aspires to take part in the exploration of the role of genetics in neuropsychiatric disorders and to continue to work with children with neurodevelopmental concerns – especially continuing her involvement with intervention programs.
Danielle Grant, BMSc
Danielle Grant is a Clinical Research Project Assistant with the Schachar Crosbie Lab. She received her Bachelor of Medical Science degree from Western University, with a focus in Physiology and Medical Sciences, and a post-degree major in Psychology. She joined the lab in 2019 as a volunteer, and is excited to be part of the Mega Team research staff as of September 2020. Danielle has a great passion for working with children and a keen interest in rehabilitation methods for behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders. She looks forward to learning and contributing more in this area, and she is grateful to be part of such a dedicated team!
Eisha Amjad Clinical Research Project Assistant
Joined the team in 2021
BSc: University of Toronto
Eisha Amjad joined the Schachar Crosbie Lab in January 2021 as a Co-op Research Student for Mega-Team. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Molecular Biology, Immunology & Disease, and Population Health Science. Eisha has a strong desire to understand more about the role of genetics and psychosocial variables in the development of neuropsychiatric diseases in children and adolescents. Eisha hopes to pursue clinical research in mental health and neuroscience and considers herself fortunate to be a member of such a bright team!
RachelRam joined the team in 2019 as a Junior Research Assistant. She currently works as a Clinical Research Project Assistant for the Spit for Science 2 study. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto with a focus in forensic science and psychology where she conducted research to further understand and detect drug impaired drivers using physiological and psychomotor indicators. She is passionate about autism detection and intervention and looks forward to contributing more to this area.
Kumaran Rathakrishnan, BSc Candidate
Kumaran Rathakrishnan is a Research Student in the Schachar Crosbie Lab. He is currently working towards his Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Population Health and Human Biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. Kumaran enjoys working with children and is very interested in neurodevelopmental disorders. He is excited to be part of the Mega Team project to be contributing to the research performed and gathered.
Najma Mohamud, BSc Candidate Research Student
Joined the team in 2022
BSc Candidate: University of Toronto
Najma Mohamud is a Research Student with the Schachar Crosbie Lab. She is in the process of completing her Honours Bachelors at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, specializing in Mental Health Studies. Moreover, She is thrilled for the chance to join the wonderful POND research team and contribute to improving the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also excited to further explore her passion for working with children and their families and hopes to learn more about this growing field of research!
Hira Tahir, BSc Candidate
Hira Tahir is a current Research Student for the POND team with the Schachar Crosbie Lab. She is currently a third-year undergraduate student and is in the process of completing her Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto where she is specializing in Mental Health Studies. Hira is incredibly passionate about children’s mental health and is interested in research surrounding the improvement of long term outcomes for children with neuropsychiatric disorders. She is very excited to join the team where she will be able to apply her previous experience working with children in this position as well as contribute to this field of research!
Vaishnavi Bhamidi, BMSc Candidate
Vaishnavi Bhamidi (she/her) is a Summer Research Student in the POND team at the Schachar Crosbie Lab. She has completed her third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario in the Medical Sciences program, undertaking an Honors Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is incredibly excited to work with children and their families and apply what she has learned from positions at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters London, and Kids Help Phone. She is thankful to be part of such a dedicated team of professionals and looks forward to learning about clinical research. In the future, Vaishnavi hopes to pursue public health and medicine.
Shi Ping (Linda) Lin
Spit for Science Team Senior Research Assistants/ Junior Research Assistants
Andrew Dissanayake, H.B.Arts Sc (McMaster University)
Andrew Dissanayake joined the Schachar & Crosbie Lab in Sep 2019 as a Research Student. He is currently completing his undergraduate studies at the Arts and Science program at McMaster University. His previous works investigated genetic substrates of Alzheimer’s Disease and their associations with Neuropsychiatric symptoms. Andrew has a particular interest in the intersection of mathematics, ethnicity, and youth mental health. He is excited to be continuing his journey at the Schachar and Crosbie Lab with a focus on validating psychometric tools for irritability and exploring the relationship between ethnicity, mental health phenotypes, and access to care in children and adolescence.
Prabdeep Panesar, BSc (University of Toronto)
Prabdeep Panesar joined the Schachar + Crosbie Lab in June 2019 as a Junior Research Assistant for the “Spit for Science” team. She is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor of Science degree in the Specialist Neuroscience program with Co-op at the University of Toronto. Throughout her undergrad she has explored many fields of research including infantile amnesia, morality across political spectrums, hematological malignancies, and neuropsychiatric disorders. She is excited to be continuing her journey at the Schachar + Crosbie Lab with a focus on understanding executive function in ASD and ADHD children/youth.
Chunlin (Andy) Liu joined the Schachar & Crosbie Lab in May 2022 as a Research Student. He is currently completing his B.Sc. degree at McMaster University, specializing in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. Andy’s research is focused on autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and Tourette syndrome. Andy excited to be a member of the Schachar Crosbie Lab and continue working on various research topics in the domain of mental health.