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NeuroOutcomes Lab

Our Team

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Co-Director

Dr. Tricia Williams, PhD, C.Psyche, ABPP-CN

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 in 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 clinician-scientist at SickKids in the Division of Neurology. In her 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.

Additionally, Dr. Williams is a project investigator with the SickKids Research Institute and co-director of the NeuroOutcomes Lab. Her research focuses on neuropsychological outcomes following early brain injury. She is the principal investigator of the I-Interact NORTH (I2) 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.


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Co-Director

Dr. Robyn Westmacott, PhD, C. Psych

Dr. Westmacott received her PhD in Psychology (Brain & Behaviour) from The University of Toronto. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in the Stroke Program at Toronto Western Hospital and SickKids. She trained in pediatric neuropsychology at SickKids and is currently a board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and Pediatric Subspecialist through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Westmacott is a clinical neuropsychologist with the Children’s Stroke program at SickKids. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Westmacott is heavily involved in teaching, supervision and mentorship of trainees, as well as clinical research. She is currently appointed 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.


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Co-Director

Dr. Katia Sinopoli, PhD, C. Psych

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 SickKids. Dr. Sinopoli’s research focuses on examining the neurocognitive outcomes of various brain disorders and injuries in children and youth (e.g. multiple sclerosis, NF1).


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Co-director

Dr. Renee Sananes, PhD, C.Psych

Dr. Renee Sananes is a registered psychologist in the Division of Cardiology at 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.

 

 

 

 


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Clinical Research Coordinator

Meghan Ford, BA

Meghan completed her honours undergraduate degree in psychology at York University, Toronto. In the NeuroOutcomes lab, Meghan coordinates the neurodevelopmental research studies, including Dr. William’s Parent Experience and Surviving and Thriving studies. Her current research and clinical interests are focused on investigating treatment interventions designed to increase the health and quality of life of at-risk children, as well as exploring the connection between early brain development and neuropsychological functioning in children.

 

 


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Clinical Research Coordinator

Samantha Roberts, BA, MA student

Samantha completed her honours undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour at McMaster University. She is currently completing a master's degree at York University in clinical developmental psychology within the neuropsychology stream. Samantha’s research focus is on cognition and psychosocial outcomes in paediatric neurodevelopmental conditions, and mild and traumatic brain injury.

 


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Clinical Research Coordinator

Kyla McDonald, B.Sc., PhD

Dr. Kyla McDonald received her B.Sc. degree with Honours in Psychology from Trent University and completed a Master’s degree and PhD in Psychological Science at Ryerson University, where she studied the development of trust in preschoolers. Dr. McDonald is currently pursuing additional training in York University’s Clinical Developmental doctoral psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Connolly. She completed her doctoral-level Academic Breadth Comprehensive requirement research at the Hospital for Sick Children under the supervision of Dr. Tricia Williams, examining stress and coping in parents of children with neonatal brain injury. Her current research interests focus on protective factors for at-risk youth, caregiver coping and stress in relation to youth outcomes, and models of care for youth involved in sex trafficking.

 

 


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Research Student

Shruti Vyas, BA

Shruti is currently pursuing a master's degree in Psychology at Ryerson University, Toronto. Broadly, Shruti’s research focuses on emotion perception and emotional development. She is particularly interested in exploring how infants learn to recognize and understand emotions through their social interactions.

 


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Research Student

Brittany Burek, MA

Brittany is a PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Her research and clinical interests include exploring ways to leverage digital media to support the mental health and wellbeing of children, youth and families.

 

 

Lab alumni

  • Grace Zhang Granofsky, BA