Hosted by SISP student committee, McGill University

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

#SISP2018

Jonathan Weiss, Ph.D.

May 31 - June 1, 2018

Montréal, Qc. 

Dr. Jonathan Weiss, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and a Clinical Psychologist. He completed a predoctoral residency at Surrey Place Centre and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry. He currently holds the Canadian Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism or intellectual disabilities. He studies the impact of stressors, such as bullying or transitions, and how cognitive behaviour therapy can help youth with autism develop emotion regulation skills and reduce emotional and behavioural problems. Dr. Weiss conducts studies of the changing service needs and barriers to service use across the lifespan and is passionate about community engaged research and knowledge mobilization.



Friday June 1st, 2018

​1:00 - 4:00 PM


Addressing Mental Health in Students with Autism


Children and adolescents with autism often struggle with associated emotional and behavioural difficulties. The current presentation will provide updated information on rates and patterns of mental health problems and review conceptualizations of the causes and maintaining factors associated with these challenges, within a broader positive youth development framework. A summary of the evidence base for psychosocial interventions in and out of school, and examples of common psychosocial activities that promote mental health and address mental health problems, will also be reviewed.

As a result of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Understand common mental health problems in students with autism​
  2. ​Learn about the latest in empirically supported psychosocial interventions
  3. ​​Be familiar with helpful frameworks to understand the dynamics underlying mental health difficulties in autism