Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount

Core Researchers

NameRole and Research Interests

Dr. Vicki Schwean

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education

  • Developmental psychological, behavioral and learning assessment
    • Childhood psychopathology with emphasis on ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Systemic reform in service delivery for vulnerable children

Dr. Claire Crooks

Faculty of Education

Associate Professor, Applied Psychology, and Director of Centre for School Mental Health

  • Examining the gaps between science, practice, and policy related to healthy development of children and youth;
  • How effective programs get adapted and implemented in different contexts and how these are evaluated;
  • How do educators and others implement complex and skill-based policies?

Dr. Daniel Ansari

Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute

Professor, Department of Psychology

  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mind, Brain and Education
  • Development of numerical and mathematical skills

Dr. Shiva Singh

Faculty of Science

Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biology

  • Epigenetics in an animal model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • DNA methylation initiatives drug responses in animal model of szicophrenia
  • Twin Genomics – a novel framework for discoveries in genome fidelity using complete genome sequences

Dr. Marc Joanisse

Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute

Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate Affairs), Department of Psychology

  • How children acquire and their brains process first language
  • Language impairment
  • Dyslexia

Dr. Lance Lochner

Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor, Department of Economics

  • Labor economics
  • Public economies
  • Economics of education
  • Economics of crime

Dr. Elizabeth Hayden

Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute

Professor, Department of Psychcology

  • Developmental psychopathology of mood disorders
  • Assessment of temperament and personality

Dr. Lisa Archibald

Faculties of Health Sciences and Social Sciences

Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Interaction between language and memory in typical and atypical development
  • Role of memory in communication disorders

Dr. J Bruce Morton

Faculty of Social Sciences and Brain and Mind Institute

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

  • The development of self-regulation and control, and its link with changes in brain function in children and teens

Dr. Don Saklofske

Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor (Personality and Measurement Area Chair), Department of Psychology

  • Individual differences with a particular emphasis on personality and intelligence, including emotional intelligence across the lifespan.

Dr. Shannon Stewart

Faculty of Education

Associate Professor and Director of Training, School and Applied Child Psychology, Applied Psychology

  • Improving early identification of mental health and substance use
  • Enhancing access to mental health services
  • Contributing to increased evidence-informed care planning to improve the functionality of mental health services across multiple service sectors

Dr. Rachel Heydon

Faculty of Education

Professor, Curriculum Studies Academic and Research Program Chair, Curriculum Studies

  • Multimodal literacy, the arts, and digital technologies in intergenerational curricula, kindergarten literacy curricula, professional learning for teachers in language arts, and the use of socio-material theories in curriculum research. 

Dr. Kate Choi

Faculty of Social Sciences

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

  • Family sociology, social demography, international migration, social inequality, social determinants of health, and quantitative methodology

Dr. Marcie Penner-Wilger

King’s University College

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

  • Numerical cognition in children and adults
    • Cognitive and neuropsychological precursors to mathematical skill in children
    • Cognitive neuroscience of numerical abilities and cross-domain modeling
    • Computational modeling of numerical cognition

Dr. Janice Cardy

Faculty of Health Sciences

Brain and Mind Institute

Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, non-verbal learning disabilities
  • Event-related potentials, magnetoencephalography
  • Auditory processing, psycholinguistics
  • Information processing speed

Dr. Christine D. Tsang

Huron University College

Chair, Department of Psychology, and Associate Professor

  • Interaction between music and language perception in early childhood
  • Communicative role of playsongs and lullabies
  • Role of music training on reading skills in early childhood

Dr. Shannon Sibbald

Faculties of Health Sciences and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Health Sciences and Family Medicine/Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

  • Health and health systems
  • Public health, health promotion and population ethics
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Knowledge to action and implementation science
  • Integrated knowledge work

Dr. Evelyn Vingilis

Schulic School of Medicine and Dentistry

Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics

  • Health policy
  • Determinants of health
  • Alcohol, drugs, and traffic safety
  • Mental health policy and reform
  • Adolescent health and well-being

Dr. Elizabeth Caucutt

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

  • Public finance
  • Labor economics

Dr. Linda Miller

Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies)

  • Refining measurement through the use of large samples and multiple variables, using large survey bases and modeling methods
  • Improving our understanding of health and education conditions by examining the measurement of these constructs
  • Refining measurement through improving our understanding of the factors that affect measurement.

Dr. Karen Bax
Faculty of Education

Assistant Professor and Managing Director of Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre

  • Evidence-informed/evidence-based practice within community agencies
  • Social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practice
  • Research in real world setting: working across systems and building collaborative relationships