The Resilience, Pediatric Psychology, and Neurogenetics Connections Lab at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec conducts research on the nexus of intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders, autism, and medical issues. Our work ranges from identifying genetic components of specific developmental disabilities to improving the ability of school systems to respond to children with medical issues. The Connections Lab is housed in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) and our research reflects an educational emphasis.

The Connections Lab studies problematic behaviours, language development, and evaluation of therapies for a variety of populations. Among the populations researched are: children with autism spectrum disorder, 22q13 deletion syndrome (Phelan-McDermid Syndrome), 22q11 deletion syndrome (DiGeorge/velocardiofacial syndrome), CHARGE syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, and cancer. Other populations of interest include children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, borderline cognitive functioning, and psychiatric disorders (i.e., reactive attachment disorder and adjustment disorders). We also conduct research on interdisciplinary consultation/collaboration in service of children with medical issues.

The Connections Lab is under the directorship of Steven R. Shaw, Ph.D., NCSP, Assistant Professor at McGill. His primary duties are with the Applied Child/School Psychology and Human Development programs. Please see Dr. Shaw's page for more information about his research.


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 This site was last updated: May 30, 2010