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Esther Geva
Research Lab
Esther Geva Research Lab
 

 

(Postdoctoral Fellow)

 

Miao Li

Miao Li 

miaomiao.li@mail.utoronto.ca

Miao Li is currently a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Esther Geva. She did her master and PhD at Queen’s University. Her research interests are cognitive processes of ESL students’ reading development and reading disabilities.

 

(Doctoral Students)

 

Tamara

Tamara Kornacki

School and Clinical Child Psychology
tamarakornacki@gmail.com

Tamara Kornacki received her M.A. in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in School and Clinical Child Psychology. Her current research examines the risk and resilience of adolescent English Language Learners living in urban, low socio-economic status neighborhoods. In particular, she is interested in how social context can play a protective role in the academic performance of at-risk adolescents. She has completed clinical training at Oshawa Counseling and Psychological Services, the Hincks Dellcrest Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Toronto District School Board. Tamara is the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral scholarship (2012), the Ontario Graduate Student Award (2011), and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship (2009).

 

Ange

Angie Massey-Garrison

School and Clinical Child Psychology
angela.massey.garrison@mail.utoronto.ca

Angie's doctoral research will focus on the writing development of English language learner (ELL) students as compared to native English-speaking (EL1) students. In particular, Angie is interested in uncovering early cognitive and literacy factors that contribute to later writing problems and how this may relate to reading and language difficulties. This will complement and expand her MA thesis work that looked at oral language developemnt of ELLs and EL1 students with and without reading difficulties.

  

Linda Iwenofu

Linda Iwenofu

School and Clinical Child Psychology
linda.iwenofu@utoronto.ca

Linda Iwenofu is a PhD Candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program. Her main research interests involve the academic achievement of language and ethnic minority children. Currently, she is conducting a comprehensive mixed methods program evaluation of an experimental and empirically-based reading intervention, delivered to youth living in a disadvantaged community. The goal of this research is to elucidate the intervention's overall potential as a remedial tool, and to explore the multiple sources influencing the literacy development of marginalized youth. Linda is also completing her clinical psychology pre-doctoral internship at the Hincks-Dellcrest Center. Over the years, Linda’s work has been recognized through the receipt of prestigious awards, including the Mary Stager Graduate Student Award, the Lora Dolores Antoniette Pallotta Memorial Graduate Scholarship, a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and Ontario Graduate Scholarships, among several others.

 

Joyce Mak

Joyce Mak

School and Clinical Child Psychology
joyceyanlok.mak@mail.utoronto.ca

Joyce Mak is a 6th-year doctoral candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program.  Prior to her graduate studies at OISE/UT, she studied Psychology at Queen’s University and graduated from the Concurrent Education program, which prepared her to teach English and History at the Intermediate/Senior level. Her previous research interests have been in the fields of social cognitive development and early ESL literacy. Currently, her research explores resilient adaptation and the role of social support for unaccompanied, international high school students. She plans to evaluate a psycho-social acculturation intervention program supporting international students from China in local Canadian schools. Clinically, Joyce has also obtained practicum experience through the York Catholic District School Board, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, and the Hospital for Sick Children in the Sick Kids Team Obesity Management Program (STOMP). Joyce will be on internship at Surrey Place from August 2017 to August 2018.

 

Naomi

Naomi Greenwald

School and Clinical Child Psychology
naomi.greenwald@mail.utoronto.ca

Naomi Greenwald is a third year doctoral candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at OISE/University of Toronto. Her research focuses on families’ experiences of perinatal loss, and the impact of culture on their grief responses, perspectives of the event, and coping. In 2016 – 2017, Naomi’s research was supported by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She has obtained clinical training at The Toronto District School Board, Surrey Place Centre and Cornerstone Psychological Services. 

 

Megan O'Connor

Megan O'Connor

School and Clinical Child Psychology
mb.oconnor@mail.utoronto.ca

Megan O'Connor is a second year doctoral student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology prgram. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. Her undergraduate thesis project looked at how affect regulation moderates the relationship between stress and eating behaviours. At OISE,  Megan's Master's thesis looked at factors impacting the reading comprehension development of English Language Learner students, and how this is similar/different to English monolingual speakers. Megan's doctoral research will examine the trajectories of reading comprehension development and related skills from primary school to middle school. Clinically, Megan has completed a practicum at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and is completing a practicum at Surrey Place Centre beginning in September 2017.

 

Emily Safronsky

Emily Safronsky

School and Clinical Child Psychology
e.safronsky@mail.utoronto.ca

Emily Safronsky is a 3rd-year doctoral candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. For her Masters, Emily investigated the role of English language proficiency in the arithmetic achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs). Currently, Emily is the project coordinator for the ELL Vocabulary Development Project and she is exploring the development of literacy skills in ELLs at the mid to upper elementary school level. Clinically, Emily works in Psychological Services at the York Catholic District School Board and has obtained practicum experience at Surrey Place Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital, and Toronto District School Board. For her 4th year, Emily will be completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Toronto Area Internship Consortium beginning in September 2017.

 

Yueming Xi

Yueming Xi

Developmental Psychology and Education
y.xi@mail.utoronto.ca

Yueming Xi received her B.A. in Japanese from Dalian University of Foreign Languages in China and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. At age 22, she was appointed as a faculty member of Japanese language and literature at Simmons College and Northeastern University in Boston, United States. As the only fully-funded international Ph.D. student of 2014-2015 cohort of APHD (Applied Psychology and Human Development) program at OISE, she is currently researching literacy development among academically at-risk school-aged students, with a particular focus on linguistic minority population. 

 

(Master's Students)

 

DeborahDeborah Benhamu

Child Study and Education
deborah.benhamu@mail.utoronto.ca

Deborah Benhamu is a first year Masters student in the Child Study and Education program at OISE. She completed her undergraduate degree in Math and Statistics at the University of Toronto. Deborah is currently conducting a math intervention program for Syrian refugee children through which she is investigating whether culturally sensitive practices are an effective approach to math instruction for refugee children.

 

Zeinab

Zeinab Kahin

School and Clinical Child Psychology
zeinab.kahin@mail.utoronto.ca

Zeinab Kahin is a first year master's student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2017, specializing in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics. Her research interests include heritage language acquisition and attrition as well as the assessment of learning disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

 

(Previous Students) 

 

Negin Alavie

Negin Alavie

School and Clinical Child Psychology
negin.alavie@mail.utoronto.ca

Negin’s primary experience has been at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has worked closely with the academic and psychology staff in the Epilepsy Classroom. She has volunteered for the Learning Disability Research Program (LDRP) at SickKids and has worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Psychology Department at SickKids for a clinical study that investigated working memory improvement in children with intractable epilepsy. Negin is currently a graduate student in School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at OISE-University of Toronto. She is interested in studying the association between working memory and intensive, empirically-based vocabulary intervention for ESL at-risk adolescents.

 

Christie Fraser

Christie Fraser

Developmental Psychology and Education
christie.fraser@utoronto.ca

Christie is in the final year of her doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development under the supervision of Dr. Esther Geva. Her research interests include: the cognitive processes involved in learning to read, language and literacy skills in English language learners with and without learning difficulties, and reading intervention and remediation for struggling readers. Her teaching focus is the area of educational psychology, assessment for programming, and reading instruction for pre-service teachers, Early Childhood Educators, and certified teachers returning for additional qualifications. One of Christie’s ongoing initiatives is bridging research and practice, and helping educators to develop their evidence-based practice.

 

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