Ph.D. (Clinical Developmental Psychology) York University; Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology
BA (Honours Psychology and Sociology; Western University) MSc (Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour; McMaster University) MA (Clinical Developmental Psychology; York University)
Distress regulation is defined as one’s ability to recover from distressing events and return to homeostasis. It is believed that physiological and behavioural regulation skills go through an especially malleable period early in life, but demonstrate strong stability across the lifespan. Toddlerhood is a critical developmental phase to study this phenomenon, as it is at this age that many regulatory abilities and skills begin to come online, and individual differences in children’s abilities will begin to emerge. Despite this research, an integrated understanding of the development of behavioural and physiological distress regulation in toddlerhood, in the context of the caregiver, is lacking. My doctoral research will be investigating the convergence of behavioural and physiological indicators of distress regulation in a pain context (i.e., well baby visit vaccinations). As well, I will seek to better understand the development and predictors of adaptive and maladaptive patterns of behavioural and physiological distress regulation.
Honours and Awards:
Honours/Awards 2018: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal-Child Health Graduate Scholarship 2018: Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2017: International Symposium on Pediatric Pain Trainee Poster Prize- Basic Science: Human Physiological and Imaging Studies 2016: Certificate of Academic Excellence- Canadian Psychological Association 2016: Nominated for a York University Thesis Prize 2015: CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela - Doctoral Award 2015: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined) 2015: Institute of Human Development- Canadian Institutes of Health Research Student Travel Award 2015: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Travel Award 2014: Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2014: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal-Child Health Graduate Scholarship 2014: Canadian Pain Society Travel Award 2014: Institute of Human Development- Canadian Institutes of Health Research Student Travel Award 2013: Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2013: Entrance Scholarship, York
Aitken, M., Waxman, J. A., MacDonald, K., & Andrade, B. F. (2018). Effect of comorbid psychopathology and conduct problem severity on response to a multi-component intervention for childhood disruptive behavior. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.
Waxman, J. A., DiLorenzo, M. G., Pillai Riddell, R. R., Flora, D., Garfield, H., Greenberg, S. (2017). Preschool Needle Pain Responding: Establishing ‘Normal’. The Journal of Pain.
Waxman, J. A., Pillai Riddell, R. R., Tablon, P., Schmidt, L. A., & Pinhasov, A. (2016). Development of cardiovascular indexes of acute pain responding in infancy: A systematic review. Pain Research & Management.
Waxman, J. A., Van Lieshout, R. J., Saigal, S., Boyle, M. H., & Schmidt, L. A. (2015). Linking extremely low birth weight and internalizing behaviors in adult survivors: Influences of neuroendocrine dysregulation. Developmental Psychobiology, 57, 486-496.
Fortier, P., Van Lieshout, R. J., Waxman, J. A., Boyle, M. H., Saigal, S., & Schmidt, L. A. (2014). Are orchids left and dandelions right? Frontal brain activation asymmetry and its sensitivity to developmental context. Psychological Science, 25,1526-1533.
Waxman, J., Van Lieshout R. J., Schmidt L. A. (2014). Early adversity and mental health: Linking extremely low birth weight, emotion regulation, and internalizing disorders. Current Pediatric Reviews, 10, 208-215.
Waxman,J., Van Lieshout, R. J., Saigal, S., Boyle, M. H., & Schmidt, L. A. (2013). Still cautious: Personality characteristics of extremely low birth weight adults in their early 30s.Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 967-971.
Waxman, J. A., Martin, J., & Pillai Riddell, R. R. (2017). The Infant in Pain: An Attachment Perspective on the OUCH Cohort. In C. Bellieni & G. Buonocore (Eds.), Neonatal Pain Suffering, Pain, and Risk of Brain Damage in the Fetus and Newborn - First Edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishers.
Westmacott, R., Waxman, J. A., Dlamini, N. (2017). Pediatric Stroke. In K. Sanders (Ed.), Physician’s Field Guide to Neuropsychology: Instruction Through Clinical Case Examples. New York, NY: Springer Publishers.
Drvaric L*., Waxman J.*, Van Lieshout R. J., Schmidt L. A. (2014). Prematurity as a context for psychopathology. In J. Burack & L. Schmidt (Eds.), Cultural and contextual perspectives on development at-risk. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Shared first authorship and equal contributions by Drvaric and Waxman