Current Students

 Dillon Browne


Dillon’s research focuses on better understanding the social determinants of inequalities in developmental health. In his work, the central role of family factors in the emergence of childhood socioeconomic gradients is emphasized. He has also conducted psychosocial intervention research with a variety of risky populations, including families and children involved with child welfare, therapeutic foster care, psychiatric outpatient services, integrated treatment networks for complex medical and developmental disabilities, and the criminal justice system. Dillon is a Canadian Vanier Scholar in the area of Environmental Influences on Health. He is currently completing a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco.

Browne, D. T., Plamondon, A., Prime, H., Puente-Duran, S., & Wade, M. (2015). Cumulative risk and developmental health: An argument for the importance of a family-wide science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 6, 397-407

Browne, D. T., Puente-Duran, S., Shlonsky, A., Thabane, L. & Verticchio, D. (2014). A randomized trial of Wraparound facilitation versus usual child protection services. Research on Social Work Practice. 1-12. 

Browne, D. T. & Jenkins, J. M. (2012). Health across early childhood and socioeconomic status: Examining the moderating effects of differential parenting. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 1622-1629.

Browne, D. T., Meunier, J. C., O’Connor, T. & Jenkins, J. M. (2012). Differential parenting and the role of parental personality traits. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(4), 542-553.

Heather Prime


Heather Prime is completing her PhD in School and Clinical Child Psychology. Her research examines patterns of interaction in families, including parent-child and sibling interactions, and their impact on children’s social, emotional and behavioural development. Interested in teaching and public health, she has worked with the University of Toronto, George Brown College, and the Atkinson Centre to promote translating research into policy and practice.

Heather is also actively involved in clinical practice, providing psychological assessments and treatment services to children, youth and families at institutions including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, and Toronto District School Board. At present, Heather is a psychology resident at McMaster Children’s Hospital in the Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Service. Following this, Heather looks forward to becoming registered as a psychologist and continuing to promote healthy childhood trajectories through the integration of research and practice.

Prime, H., Plamondon, A., Pauker, S., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. M. (2016). Sibling cognitive sensitivity as a moderator of the relationship between sibship size and children’s theory of mind: A longitudinal analysis. Cognitive Development39, 93-102.

Prime, H., Browne, D., Akbari, E., Wade, M., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. M. (2015). The development of a measure of maternal cognitive sensitivity appropriate for use in primary care health settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry56(4), 488-495.

Prime, H., Pauker, S., Plamondon, A., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. (2014). Sibship size, sibling cognitive sensitivity, and children’s receptive vocabulary. Pediatrics133(2), e394-e401.


Mark WadeLab Photo

Mark is a 4th year PhD student in the School & Clinical Child Psychology program at UT/OISE. 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. Mark maintains a very active research program. 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. He is interested in 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. Mark also examines resiliency factors for children, especially positive socialization experiences with caregivers, and how these might protect children against the risk of psychosocial and/or genetic risk. In the future, Mark hopes to expand this scope to include the role of structural and functional neuroanatomy as endophenotypes linking genes to cognition and behavior. Mark will be applying for his clinical residency this fall, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship the following year.

Wade, M., Hoffmann, T.J., & Jenkins, J.M. (2015). Gene-environment interaction between the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and parenting behaviour on children’s theory of mind. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, doi: 10.1093/scan/nsv064.

Wade, M., Browne, D.T., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., & Jenkins, J.M. (2015). Cumulative risk disparities in children’s neurocognitive functioning: A developmental cascade model. Developmental Science, doi: 10.1111/desc.12302

Wade, M., Moore, C., Astington, J.W., Frampton, K., & Jenkins, J.M. (2015). Cumulative contextual risk, maternal responsivity, and social cognition at 18 months. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 189-203.

Wade, M., Browne, D.T., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J.M. (2014). Normal birth weight variation and children’s neuropsychological functioning: links between language, executive functioning, and theory of mind. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(9), 909-919.

Michelle Rodrigues


Michelle is a first year PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Her Master’s thesis examined various risk factors that are associated with the development of child psychopathology, and the sibling relationship as a protective factor. Currently, she is involved in research examining predictors in infancy associated with childhood mental health problems. She is also co-leading a training program aimed at improving childcare provider sensitivity toward toddlers in a daycare setting.  Michelle completed her Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto. As part of her clinical experience, she completed her practicum at the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.

Noam Binnoon-Erez


Noam is a first year PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Her Master’s thesis examined personality differences among siblings and the effects of those differences on sibling relationship quality. She is involved in several projects, among which are an early risk assessment tool of child psychopathology, as well as a meta analysis evaluating the existing literature on the effects of Kangaroo Mother Care.  Noam has completed her clinical practicum at the Toronto District School Board. She received her specialized honours bachelors degree in psychology at York University.