B.Sc. (Honours Psychology / Neuroscience Double-Major; University of Toronto)
Infants are not born with the ability to regulate their own distress. Instead, they rely on caregivers to provide external regulation in the form of sensitive caregiving. Over time, and contingent on appropriate support from caregivers, infants develop a capacity for self-regulation.
Certain challenges, such as mental health concerns and environmental stressors, can impede parents’ ability to provide sensitive caregiving to their infants. These challenges are particularly relevant to parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), who experience unique barriers to forming an attachment relationship with their infants.
For my Master’s thesis, I plan to conduct a systematic review of interventions that have been implemented within the NICU which aim to promote parent mental health or enhance parent-infant attachment.
Honours and Awards:
2016: CGS-Master’s Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2016: Graduate Entrance Scholarship, York University
Egeto, P., Badovinac, S., Hutchison, M.G., Ornstein, T.J., & Schweizer, T.A. (2016, June). Neuropsychological predictors of driving ability after traumatic brain injury: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Victoria, BC, Canada.
Badovinac, S., Hutchison, M.G., Quaid, P., & Richards, D. (2016, March). The utility of an oculomotor screening battery in baseline and post-concussion testing. Oral presentation given at the World Congress on Brain Injury, The Hague, Netherlands.
Badovinac, S., Hutchison, M.G., & Schweizer, T.A. (2015, March). The utility of a comprehensive vision assessment in baseline and post-concussion testing. Oral presentation given at the National Undergraduate Research Conference in Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.