Elina Birmingham
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University

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Graduate Students

John Yang is a MA student in SAGE in the Educational Psychology program. He has a particular interest in social perception in people with ASD.  His MA research focuses on social attention within face-to-face interactions. John is also a research assistant for the Sound Sensitivity Project (funded by the Kids Brain Health Network).

Behnaz Bahmei is a PhD student in the School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC. She received her M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2014. Behnaz is proficient in computer programming with the focus on machine learning and deep learning for multiple applications including Computer Vision, Recommendation Systems and Signal Processing. Behnaz joined our group since May 2018 as an artificial intelligence specialist. She is currently working on the sound identification for studying auditory sensitivity in people with ASD.

Research Assistants

Troy Boucher is a recent graduate of the Psychology Honour’s program at SFU. He is currently a research assistant working on the sound sensitivity project. Troy also helps with research collaborations between SAGE and the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) at SFU, where he serves as the lab manager.

Rebecca Fisher completed her undergraduate degree at SFU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Kinesiology. Rebecca is currently working as an Infant Development Consultant in the city of Burnaby and hopes to continue her education by pursuing her Masters of Occupational Therapy, in the future.

Joshua Wiebe is an undergraduate student in Psychology, with an interest in Developmental and Clinical Psychology. He has hopes of eventually getting his PhD in clinical psychology in order to help children overcome traumatic events and become well-adjusted individuals. Joshua has been working on coding eye tracking data to examine the visual attention of children with ASD in real world environments.

Bradley Karstadt recently graduated from UBC with a B.Sc in Cognitive Systems. He is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Birmingham examining the effects of social vs. non-social cues on the prioritization of adult attention in realistic environments.

Vidaluz Ortuno Nacho is a is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, and minoring in business. Her interest in social attention and behaviour led her to get involved with SAGE. She is currently involved in research looking at children’s social attention measured through face perception and eye tracking.

Lab Alumni

Dr. Dominic Trevisan, Ph.D (SFU), is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Qiwans (Cindy) Shi, MA (SFU), is now working at United Way in Burnaby, BC, as a program analyst.

Nicole Roberts, MA (SFU), is currently an ABA Consultant at Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting, Nanaimo, BC.

Marleis Bowering, BA (SFU), is currently in the Speech Sciences Masters program at UBC.

Vivian Qi, BA (SFU), is currently a 1st year MA student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC in the Peer Relationships In Childhood Lab.

Dawn Chan, MA (SFU), is currently a behaviour consultant at Monarch House, Vancouver BC.

Victoria Athey, MA (SFU), is a proud mom of two living in La Verne, California.

Cathy Lin, BA (SFU), is currently student in the Speech Sciences Masters program at UBC

Pamela Plantinga, BA (SFU), is currently an Occupational Therapy Student at Fraser Health Authority.

Emerson Gaglardi, BA (SFU), is currently a Student Teacher at Simon Fraser University.

Zoe Crane, BA (SFU), is currently a Hospitality Intern at Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE).

Kari Gustafson, MEd (Aarhus University), is currently a PhD student in the Philosophy of Education program at SFU.