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Congratulations to Mark Wade, Recipient of Two Major Research Awards

July 28, 2017

Mark Wade - SCCP StudentAPHD’s Mark Wade has received both the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology, two prestigious awards highlighting his outstanding research contributions. 

Wade is a fourth year PhD student in the School & Clinical Child Psychology program at OISE, where he is a member of Jennifer Jenkins’ Developmental Psychopathology Lab. His research is concerned with children’s neurocognitive development (executive functioning, theory of mind, and language), and how these cognitive skills contribute to neurodevelopment, mental health, and academic competence.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. Hosted by the Boston Children’s Hospital, Wade’s submission in the area of Mental Health was titled “The effects of severe early psychosocial deprivation on neurocognitive functioning and mental health in adolescence”.

“Mark did wonderful work during his PhD and this award is the recognition that he deserves. With more than 25 peer reviewed papers during his PhD he has made a wonderful contribution to our understanding of the genetic and environmental influences on early neurocognitive development”, said Jenkins, his thesis supervisor.

The Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology through the American Psychological Association recognizes an individual whose dissertation is deemed to be an outstanding contribution to developmental psychology.

Wade also examines biomedical risk (e.g. birth weight, prematurity) and psychosocial adversity (e.g. social disadvantage, cumulative risk), and how these operate alongside genetic dispositions in shaping children’s neurocognitive outcomes. In addition to clinical training in Pediatric Neuropsychology (Hospital for Sick Children) and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), he has been involved in policy promotion and knowledge mobilization projects through the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development.