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Todd Cunningham
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

phone: (647) 542-3433
email: todd.cunningham@utoronto.ca  

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development



Research Overview

My research has been focused on academic interventions for student-age child who have learning difficulties: 1. The selection of assistive technology address the identified academic skill deficits; 2. Increase the effectiveness of assistive technology; 3. Development of learning profiles to better assist in the identification of academic interventions.

With more than 400 assistive technology products on the market, identifying the right assistive technology to meet the needs of students. For the past years I have developing the Assistive Technology Selection Protocol to guide partners to identify the right technology taking into consideration the student's learning profile, environmental factors and the specific tasks impairing them. , I have also been looking at how to increase the effectiveness of assistive technology. Focused on text-to-speech, I have identified factors that increase its effectiveness. On of these is the integration of pausing within spoken sentences. This finding is being adopted by text-to-speech developers.

As a school and clinical psychologist, I use learning profiles to guide the development and implementation of academic interventions for students that have learning difficulties. Through telepsychology I provided a clinical practicum in the SCCP program. The telepsychology program provides teacher consultation to schools in Northern Ontario.


Teaching Overview

Classes I have taught in the last years:
EDU5503: Adapting and differentiating instruction for students experiencing learning difficulties in inclusive classrooms
APD1216: Psychoeducational Assessment
APD1249: Social and emotional development and its applications
APD1285: Psychology and education of children with learning disabilities
APD1294: Technology, Psychology and Play
APD2280: Introduction to special education and adaptive instruction
APD5284: Assessment and interventions in multicultural/bilingual contexts