Ph.D. (Clinical-Developmental Psychology) York University; Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology
M.A. (Clinical-Developmental Psychology) York University B.Sc. (Honours Psychology Specialist; University of Toronto)
After exposure to a distressing event, difficulty calming down has been associated with mental health challenges across the lifespan. Early in life, infants learn how to calm down through coordinating their stress reactivity and regulation states with their caregiver. Continued exposure to co-regulation in stressful contexts shapes infants’ capacity to regulate their negative affect. Currently, our field lacks a basic understanding of how caregiver-infant physiological co-regulation develops in infancy. The goal of my doctoral research is to provide a better understanding of the development of caregiver-infant co-regulation (across age and contexts) and to determine the relationships between co-regulation and broad infant mental health indicators.
Honours and Awards:
Awards: 2018: Governor General Gold Medal 2017: Nominated for a York University Thesis Prize 2017: CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award 2017: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined) 2016: Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2016: Meighen Wright Maternal-Child Health Graduate Scholarship 2015: CGS-Master's Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2015: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined) 2015: Entrance Scholarship, York University
Gennis, H., DiLorenzo, M.G., Pillai Riddell, R., Connolly, J., Martin, J. (Revise & resubmit). Enhancing the Undergraduate Student Research Perceptions through Exposure to University Researchers: A Quasi Cluster-Randomized Controlled Study. Innovations in Education and Teaching International.
Mamedova, K., Pillai Riddell, R., DiLorenzo, M.G., Flora, D.B., Garfield, H. (In press). Parental Report of Self and Child Worry During Acute Pain: A Critical Factor in Determining Parental Pain Judgement. Clinical Journal of Pain. Waxman, J.A., DiLorenzo, M.G., Pillai Riddell, R. (Submitted). Convergence of behavioural and cardiovascular indicators of distress in toddlerhood: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Biological Psychology.
DiLorenzo, M.G., Chum, G., Weidmark, L., MacDonald, G. (2017). Presence of an Attachment Figure is Associated with Greater Sensitivity to Physical Pain Following Mild Social Exclusion. Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9(5), 595-603.
Campbell, L., DiLorenzo, M., Atkinson, N., Pillai Riddell, R.R. (2017). Systematic Review: A Systematic Review of the Interrelationships among Children’s Coping Responses, Children’s Coping Outcomes, and Parent Variables in the Needle-related Procedures Context. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(6), 611-621.
Waxman, J., DiLorenzo, M. G., Pillai Riddell, R. R., Flora, D. B., Greenberg, S., Garfield, H. (2017). Preschool Needle Pain Responding: Establishing ‘Normal’. Journal of Pain, 6(18), 739-745. DiLorenzo, M., Pillai Riddell, R. R., Holsti, L. (2016). Beyond acute pain: Understanding pain that persists in infancy. Children, 3(4), 26.