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Biography

My overarching research program has been geared towards a better understanding of the ways in which social-behavioural (particular focus on aggression, conduct problems, peer exclusion and prosocial behaviour) and cognitive development (particular focus on language and literacy) in early childhood are connected. I have examined a wide range of possible determinants of these developmental outcomes such as breastfeeding, within child factors, the family environment and parenting practices, the classroom environment, and teacher training, combining multidisciplinary approaches and specialised statistical techniques to better understand possible causal paths.  

Keywords: aggression, conduct problems, peer exclusion, prosocial behaviours, language development, breastfeeding, population cohorts, quantitative analysis

 

Qualifications

2013. Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Supervisor: Prof. L. Girolametto. Description: An examination of the associations between social behaviours and emergent literacy skills in kindergarten children. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/65505.


2009. Masters of Education, Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto, Supervisor: Prof. R. Childs.


2007. Honours Bachelor of Science, Departments of Psychology and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.

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