Basic information

Name

Evguenia Ignatova

Membership status

Program alumnus

Biography

I have graduated from York and am currently pursuing an MA in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University.

Research interests

Applied Behaviour Analysis, Behaviour Therapy, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Children, Youth

Research experience

Undergraduate Specialized Honours Thesis (June 2014 – April 2015)
Dr. Jonathan Weiss – Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Lab
Emotional Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation in Children with High-Functioning ASD
• Developed knowledge of emotion regulation by coding abnormal child self-regulation and parental co-regulation behaviours in videos of child and parent engaging in the 15-minute Emotion Discussion Task
• Currently involved in coding Autism-Specific Five-Minute Speech Samples (AFMSS), scoring various attitudes that a parent may display while talking about his or her child

Research Assistant (Volunteer): Nov. 2012 – April 2014
Dr. Jonathan Weiss – Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Lab
• Gained knowledge about ASD and mental health research by writing lay summaries for the ASD Mental Health blog
• Scored psychological scales for a multisite CBT project with children and youth with ASD, such as the CBCL, GHQ, ABAS, Spence Child Anxiety Scale, and SRS
• Performed various data entry tasks within the lab for the Secret Agent Society (SAS) project, such as transcriptions of parents’ five-minute speech and burning therapy sessions onto DVDs

Research Assistant (Volunteer): April 2014 – September 2015
Dr. Chandan Narayan – Speech and Perception (SAP) Lab
• Scored the Cattell Culture Fair III test
• Developed speech sample analysis skills by extracting representative samples from adult-directed and infant-directed speech for a speech rate analysis study
• Learned how to find and summarize relevant research through helping compile an annotated bibliography of articles for a review of infant perception all types of native and non-native linguistic contrasts and for the speech rate paper

Research Assistant (Volunteer) July-August 2013 and June 2014 – September 2015
Surrey Place Centre (under Dr. Barry Isaacs)
• Entered data from the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) questionnaire, which assesses various adaptive behaviours in children, into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet

• Coded and quantified the demographic and main survey data to make it suitable for subsequent analysis

Research Assistant (Volunteer) January 2015 – May 2015
Dr. Ellen Bialystok – Cognitive Development Lab
• Test participants for a bilingualism and emotion study, including verbal administration of the LSBQ (Language and Social Background Questionnaire) and the K-BIT
• Perform miscellaneous administrative tasks for various research projects

Skill and resources

• SPSS, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, some knowledge of R
• Survey Design
• Research Ethics – Completion of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Course on Research Ethics (TCPS 2: CORE)
• CPR and CPI Certified