Basic information

Name

Larissa Panetta

Membership status

Program member (conducting undergraduate thesis)

Biography

I am currently in my final year of the Specialized Honours Psychology program and in the process of completing my fourth year undergraduate thesis with Dr. Maggie Toplak and Dr. John Eastwood. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Health Studies as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queens University. I have a passion for psychology and statistical/research methods, and my goal is to pursue my PhD in Clinical Psychology.

I can be contacted at lgep89@yorku.ca

If you'd like to learn more about my current thesis research, a short video presentation is available at the following link: http://youtu.be/L4yoK5PVvro

Research interests

ADHD & LD, Internalizing Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Suicide), Children & Adolescents, Sensory Defensiveness, Youth Access to Mental Health Resources, Statistical Research Methods

Research experience

Upcoming Poster Presentations:
• Panetta, L. G., Phinnemore, R., Toplak, M., & Eastwood, J. (2015). The experience of mental effort during a sustained attention task in individuals with self-reported inattention problems. Poster to be presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto, ON., February 20.
• Panetta, L. G., Day, D. M., & Muller, R. T. (2015). Behavioural competence and emotion regulation in children who have been physically restrained. Poster to be presented at the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON., August 6-9.

Research Assistant and Lab Team Member for Dr. Maggie Toplak
• The LaMarsh Center for Child & Youth Research
• Presented and contributed to the creation of three posters at the 2014 Ontario Psychological Association conference in Toronto:
• Basile, A. G, Panetta, L., Kumar, G. R., Hosseini, A., Saoud, W., Casaluce, D., Propp, L., Martin, S., Al-Haj, M., Jenson, J., Toplak, M. E. (2014). Effectiveness of offloading keyboarding accommodation among typical and atypical students: A critical review. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto, ON., February 7.
• Saoud, W., Martin, S., Basile, A., Hosseini, A., Kumar, G. R., Casaluce, D., Panetta, L., Propp, L., Al-Haj, M., Jenson, J., Toplak, M. E. (2014). Effectiveness of assistive reading software among students with learning disabilities: A critical review. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto, ON., February 7.
• Hosseini, A., Propp, L., Basile, A., Saoud, W., Casaluce, D., Kumar, G. R., Martin, S., Panetta, L., Al-Haj, M., Jenson, J., Toplak, M. E. (2014). Effectiveness of extra time accommodation among students with and without disabilities: A critical review. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto, ON., February 7.

Research Assistant for Dr. Robert Muller and Dr. David Day
• The CARE Project
• Collecting quantitative and qualitative data from children with emotional and behavioral disorders by traveling to residential treatment centers.
• Participating in data entry and analysis.
• Communicating with staff and care workers in order to obtain access to research participants.
• Preparing a presentation of findings for a board of directors.

Research Assistant and Lab Team Member for Dr. Jennifer Connolly
• Teen Relationships Lab
• Conducted literature reviews which contributed to the lab receiving a $15,000 grant.
• Conducted quantitative research with homeless youth at various shelters across the GTA; responsible for obtaining informed consent, outlining rights and confidentiality to participants, and debriefing participants.
• Assisted with qualitative research by coding interviews on teen leadership.

Research Assistant for Dr. Marie Arsalidou
• Member of the Developmental Processes Lab directed by Dr. Juan Pascual-Leone & Dr. Janice Johnson
• Working as a team to conduct an extensive literature review for an NSERC-funded study identifying the neuroanatomical pathways utilized for mathematics problem solving in the brain

Independent Study Student for Dr. Jennine Rawana
• The REACh (Research on Emerging Adults, Adolescents and Children) Lab
• Completed a statistical codebook and syntax file to assist with the anaylsis of a large dataset
• Completed "Strengths In Motion: An Executive Summary and Research Report" for the Wellington Catholic District School Board

Data Collection & Data Entry Volunteer for Dr. Rawana & Dr. Connolly
• The REACh (Research on Emerging Adults, Adolescents and Children) Lab & the Teen Relationships Lab
• Collecting quantitative survey data from high school students, including providing information about rights and confidentiality of research participants.
• Coding and transcribing data; participating in data analysis.
• Calling parents of research participants in order to obtain consent.

New Student Transitions Coordinator for Stong College, York University
• Researched, planned, implemented, and hosted an academic orientation aimed at increasing retention rates for over 1200 University students

Completed Action Research Project, "The Effectiveness of Oral Versus Written Mathematics Assessments", by conducting primary research with children in an elementary-school setting.
• Queen’s University, 2011

Skill and resources

• Licensed with the Ontario College of Teachers to teach Primary/Junior (Grades K-6) & to teach Senior (Grade 11-12) Mathematics.
• Supplemental Instruction Leader for Psychology Statistics (PSYC2021); employed by York University for three years.
• Extremely high degree of technological literacy and skill with SPSS, R, and Microsoft Office.
• Administered self-report questionnaires & rating scales to child and adolescent research participants from both general and clinical populations.
• Obtaining informed consent from research participants, outlining rights and confidentiality issues as well as debriefing participants and providing lists of mental health resources.
• Designed a correlational psychological study to collect quantitative data online using Survey Monkey
• Diverse experience working with children, including children with various disabilities such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, conduct disorder, learning disabilities, as well as other medical and physical disabilities.
• Member of The Golden Key International Honours Society, in recognition of academic excellence.
• Recipient of the Calumet College Council Bursary and the York University Continuing Student Scholarship