Jonathan A. Weiss


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Recent Research Projects

Making I-SPARX fly in Nunavut

2017/18-2020/21 • $1,291,237 • PI,CO
Inuit youth in Northern Canada face extreme adversities, leading to concerning mental health needs, and the highest adolescent suicide rates in the world. Despite their increased risk, remote Northern communities are often without resources for early prevention and intervention programs. A...

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Mental Health Problems in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Transdiagnostic Approach

2016/17-2020/21 • $786,756 • PI,CO
Mental health problems are a serious set of issues for youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, a term that refers to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These...

Development of an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot supporting coaching and optimal service for individuals with Neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families

2019/20-2020/21 • $694,130 • PI,CO,Other
Neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) are a group of conditions including learning difficulty, intellectual disability and autism. NDD affects 16% of Canadian and is frequently associated with disabling challenging behaviours such as aggression toward others, self-injury and not following...

Emotion regulation and treatment-based change in children with neurodevelopmental disorders: A diffusion spectrum imaging tractography study

2019/20-2020/21 • $70,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Between 40 - 70% of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) such as autism, ADHD and specific learning disorder experience complex emotional problems. Few accessible treatment options are available and current approaches are limited by their focus on one diagnostic category despite...

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health and Well-being of Caregivers and Families Living with Autism

2020/21 • $34,068 • PI,CO,Other
Caregivers and families (i.e. siblings) with children and adolescents with autism often experience demanding stressors and distress associated with providing care to the family member with autism. We aim to better understand what has been documented regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Therapeutic Alliance in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children with Autism

2018/19-2019/20 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Approximately 70% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have considerable emotional and behavioural challenges, meeting criteria for at least one mental health disorder. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown to be helpful in reducing these problems, but only a portion of...

Expanding treatment and care research to address mental health problems in Canadians with ASD across the lifespan

2012/13-2017/18 • $500,000 • PI
Mental health and behaviour problems are the most common set of associated conditions for individuals with ASD across the lifespan, placing tremendous burden on the individual and family, as well as on the educational, community, vocational, and healthcare systems. Up to 70% of individuals with...

Expanding treatment and care research to address mental health problems in Canadians with ASD across the lifespan

2012/13-2017/18 • $200,000 • PI
Mental health and behaviour problems are the most common set of associated conditions for individuals with ASD across the lifespan, placing tremendous burden on the individual and family, as well as on the educational, community, vocational, and healthcare systems. Up to 70% of individuals with...

Health Care Access Research in Developmental Disabilities

2013/14-2016/17 • $600,000 • PI,CO,Other
The purpose of this partnership is to study the healthcare provided to people with developmental disabilities in Ontario. For most things people with developmental disabilities should receive the same care as people without disabilities. People with developmental disabilities, however, also tend...

Comprendre et estimer le risque suicidaire chez les personnes présentant une déficience intellectuelle (DI) ou un trouble du spectre de l'autisme (TSA)

2014/15-2016/17 • $259,224 • PI,CO,Other
En reponse aux besoins des milieux d'intervention, ce projet a ete developpe en partenariat avec les mieux de l'intervention en deficience intellectuelle (DI), trouble du spectre de l'autisme (TSA) et de la prevention du suicide. Ses objectifs sont de mieux comprendre les caracteristiques des...

CIHR Training Grant in Autism Research

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,625,000 • PI,CO
Autism is a serious and not so rare disorder that affects young children in the first 3 years of life (and 52,000 young Canadians under age 20). It is a lifelong handicap, with no cure yet available. Genetic susceptibility, abnormal patterns of brain growth, and specific neuropsychological...

Neuropsychological, behavioural, and mental health changes in children with Asperger Syndrome treated with cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety

2011/12-2013/14 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
It is common for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to have high rates of concurrent diagnoses, including mood and anxiety disorders. Research suggests that 65%-70% of children with ASD have an additional mental health disorder. It is important to research different interventions as...

Understanding pathways to emergency healthcare for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

2010/11-2012/13 • $239,104 • PI,CO
One in 150 individuals in Canada has an autism spectrum disorder. These individuals often have limited access to appropriate healthcare because of their disability combined with the limited skills of health care providers or capacity in the healthcare system. Another challenge faced by these...

CIHR Team HELPS Inc: Health, Education and Learning Partnerships Promoting Social Inclusion of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

2010/11-2011/12 • $598,316 • PI,CO
The HELPS Inc. project has brought together an exciting team that includes parents, researchers, healthcare professionals, educators, and students. There are five centres (Kingston and Toronto, Ontario; Montreal and Trois Rivieres, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia). The focus of the research is...

CIHR Team GO4KIDDS: Great Outcomes for Kids Impacted by Severe Developmental Disabilities

2010/11-2011/12 • $458,518 • PI,CO
This Proposal examines the health, well-being, and social inclusion of school-aged children with severe developmental/multiple disabilities (i.e., intellectual disability/mental retardation, often associated with genetic syndromes, physical disabilities, autism, and problem behaviour/mental...

Evaluation of the CAMH Asperger Social Interaction and Education (CASIE) Program

2010/11 • $17,500 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Youth with Asperger syndrome (AS) have severe deficits in social skills and communication, which can lead to mental health problems and difficulties in school and social environments. It is critical that we evaluate programs that purport to improving their competence in these areas. The current...

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