Azin Taheri


MA Candidate, Clinical Developmental Psychology

My Research

My research focuses on children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DD). In the past, I have examined the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Autism. Currently I am involved with a project evaluating the quality of intervention for children with Autism: The York Measure of Quality of Intensive Behavioural Intervention (YMQI). Using this measure, we plan to explore various factors that may impact the delivery of high quality of intervention. For my Master's thesis, I plan to examine the social participation of children with severe DD in comparison to their typically developing peers; in addition, I will report on the factors that impact social participation for this population.

I hope that my research will inform policy makers and professionals on efficient use of public resources and the delivery of high quality of services for children with Autism and DD. The contributions I hope to make as a student, researcher, and clinician are part of a larger ambition to provide better outcomes for children with disabilities.

Graduate Studies at York

I have chosen the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program at York University since it is one of the largest and most unique programs of its kind in Canada. The training program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, whereby there is great emphasis on research while undertaking clinical training and practice. In addition, I have been fortunate enough to gain both research and clinical experience in the field of Autism and DD through active involvement with Dr. Adrienne Perry’s lab.

The Clinical-Developmental Psychology program is designed to train students at a Master's and Doctoral level to become regulated health professionals. Through required coursework, applied practice, and clinical training, you will be able to gain widespread experience as a researcher and a clinician.