Our People

A dedicated team

Visit the Autism Research Centre and you’ll meet a group of experienced researchers, research trainees and staff members dedicated to finding ways to improve the lives of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Research faculty

Dr. Isabel Smith, PhD Clinical Psychology (Dalhousie)

Professor and Joan & Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research
Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience
Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre
isabel.smith@iwk.nshealth.ca
Dalhousie profile
PubMed bibliography
Google scholar account
ResearchGate profile

Dr. Susan E. Bryson, PhD Clinical Psychology (McGill)

Professor Emerita
Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience
Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre 
susan.bryson@iwk.nshealth.ca
Dalhousie profile
Google scholar account

Dr. Jillian Filliter, PhD Clinical Psychology (Dalhousie)

Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre 
jillian.filliter@iwk.nshealth.ca
Dalhousie profile
PubMed biliography
Google scholar profile
ResearchGate profile


Research staff and trainees

Research Associate

Research Coordinators

Research Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Postdoctoral Fellow



Graduate Trainees

Undergraduate Trainees

  • Emma Cameron
  • Ben Duplessis
  • Mikayla Kerr
  • Kaitlyn Moore
  • Sam Mosher

Former Research Staff

Research Coordinators
Agnes Flanagan
Lindsay Fleming
Terry McCormick (retired)
Noreen Millar
Teri Philips
Corinne Sauvé
Research Assistants
Jill Boyd
Amanda Carson
Samantha Chalk
Lucy Federico
Megan Fisher
Erin Gore-Hickman
Keira Kent
Caitlin Marr
Marie McIntosh
Sarah Peacock
Lilah Olechowski
Claire Piccinin
Claire Smith
Jessica Soley
Jillian Stewart
Ben Tayler
Sara Wolthers

Autism Research Centre Alumni

  • Erin Aubrey, Research Coordinator
    (MSc Medical Neuroscience Dalhousie)
  • Ainsley Boudreau, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Jamesie Coolican, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Kristen Coveyduc, master’s student (School Psychology, MSVU)
  • Sarah Dhooge, master’s student (Human Communication Disorders, Dalhousie)
  • Tamara Sorenson Duncan, PhD Linguistics (University of Alberta), Donald Hill Family Postdoctal Research Fellow
  • Helen Flanagan, postdoctoral fellow
  • Kristin Fossum, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Martina Franchini, PhD, Psychology (University of Geneva)
  • Nancy Garon, postdoctoral fellow
  • Paula Hutchinson, doctoral student (Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie)
  • Mark Jaime, postdoctoral fellow
  • Jennifer Kalil, independent research project student (Dalhousie)
  • Michelle Kerr, master’s student (School Psychology, MSVU)
  • Yevonne Lelacheur, honours student (Dalhousie)
  • Julie Longard, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Crystal Lowe-Pearce, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Jeff MacLeod, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Caitlin McCleave, master’s student (School Psychology, MSVU)
  • Shana Nichols, doctoral student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Claire Piccinin, independent research project student; honours student (Dalhousie)
  • Stephanie Snow, PhD student (Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie)
  • Katherine Smith, master’s student (School Psychology, MSVU)
  • Michelle Upshaw, master’s student (School Psychology, MSVU)