Jonathan Weiss

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 55891

Email address(es):

jonweiss@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

Lab website: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health lab
Chair website
Chair blog
Research Gate Page
Google Scholar Page

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

Degrees

PhD - 2007
York University
Toronto

Biography

Dr. Weiss is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place Centre (Toronto) and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and was a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.He holds the CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research.

Selected Publications

* Students in italics




Lunsky, Y., Paquette-Smith, M., Weiss, J. A., & Lee, J. (2015). Predictors of emergency service use in adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders living with family. Emergency Medical Journal, 32(10), 787-792.


Weiss, J. A., Viecili, M., & Bohr, Y. (2015). Parenting stress as a correlate of cognitive behavior therapy responsiveness in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 30(3), 154-164.


Weiss, J. A., & Burnham-Riosa, P. (2015). Thriving in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(8), 2474-2486.


Viecili, M. A., & Weiss, J. A. (2015). Reliability and validity of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory with individuals with with intellectual and developmental disabilities. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120(4), 289-301.


Weiss, J. A., MacMullin, J., & Lunsky, Y. (2015). Empowerment and parent gain as mediators and moderators of distress in mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(7), 2038-2045.


Minnes, P., Perry, A., & Weiss, J. A. (2015). Predictors of distress and well-being in parents of young children with developmental delays and disabilities: The importance of parent perceptions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(6), 551-560.


Lake, J. Vogan, V., Sawyer, A., Weiss, J., & Lunsky, Y. (2015). Psychotropic medication use among adolescents and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder: Parent views about medications and health care services. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 25(3), 260-268.


Weiss, J. A., Thomson, K., & Chan, L. (2014). A systematic literature review of emotion regulation measurement in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 7(6), 629-648.


McPhie, M. L.Weiss, J. A., & Wekerle, C. (2014). Psychological distress as a mediator of the relationship between childhood maltreatment and sleep quality in adolescence: Results from the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways (MAP) Longitudinal Study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(12), 2044-2052.


Weiss, J. A. (2014). Transdiagnostic case conceptualization of emotional problems in youth with ASD: An emotion regulation approach. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 21(4), 331-350.


Lake, J. K., Weiss, J. A., Dergal, J., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Child, parent, and service predictors of psychotropic polypharmacy among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 24(9), 486-493.


Weiss, J. A., Wingsiong, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Defining crisis in families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 18, 985-995.


Vogan, V., Lake, J. K., Weiss, J. A., Robinson, S., Tint, A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). Factors associated with caregiver burden among parents of individuals with ASD: Differences across the spectrum. Family Relations, 63(4), 554-567.


Lavoie-Brown, S., Viecili, M. A., & Weiss, J. A. (2014). Sexual knowledge and victimization in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(9), 2185-2196.


Schroeder, J., Cappadocia, M. C., Bebko, J., Pepler, D., & Weiss, J. A. (2014). Shedding light on a pervasive problem: A review of research on bullying experiences among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(7), 1520-1534.


Paquette-Smith, M., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2014). History of suicide attempts in adults with Asperger Syndrome. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 35(4), 273-277.


Bebko, J., Schroeder, J., & Weiss, J. A. (2014). The McGurk effect in children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Autism Research, 7(1), 50-59.


Weiss, J. A., Robinson, S., Fung, S., Tint, A., Chalmers, P., & Lunsky, Y (2013). Family hardiness, social support, and self-efficacy in mothers of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(11), 1310-1317.


Weiss, J. A., Viecili, M., Sloman, L., & Lunsky, Y. (2013). Direct and indirect psychosocial outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder and their parents following a parent-involved social skills group intervention. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 22(4), 303-309.


Milovanov, A., Paquette-Smith, M., Lunsky, Y., & Weiss, J. A. (2013). Prevalence and impact of significant life events for adults with Asperger Syndrome. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 19(2), 50-54.


Villeneuve, M., Chatenoud, C., Hutchinson, N. L., Minnes, P., Perry, A., Dionne, C., Frankel, E. B., Isaacs, B., Loh, A., Versnel, J., & Weiss, J. (2013). The experience of parents as their children with developmental disabilities transition from early intervention to kindergarten. Canadian Journal of Education, 36(1), 4-43.


Lunsky, Y., Lake, J. K., Balogh, R., Weiss, J., & Morris, S. (2013). A review of Canadian mental health research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 6(2), 106-126.


Ames, M., & Weiss, J. A. (2013). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Verbal Impairment: A Case Study. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 19(1), 61-69.


McMorris, C., Weiss, J. A., Cappelletti, G., & Lunsky, Y. (2013). Family and staff perspectives on service use for individuals with intellectual disabilities in crisis. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 6(1), 14-28.


Weiss, J.A., Cappadocia, M.C., MacMullin, J.A., Viecili, M.A., & Lunsky, Y. (2012). Psychological acceptance and empowerment as mediators of the impact of problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders on parent mental health. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 16(3), 261 -274


White, S. E., McMorris, C., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2012). The experience of crisis in families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(3), 457-465.doi: 10.1007/s10826-011-9499-3


Weiss, J. A. (2012). Mental health care for Canadians with developmental disabilities. Canadian Psychology, 53(1), 67-69. doi:10.1037/a0026127


Cappadocia, M. C., Weiss, J. A., & Pepler, D. (2012). Bullying experiences among children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 266-277.


Morin, D., Weiss, J. A., Lunsky, Y., & Tremblay, A. (2011). Formation des étudiants en psychologie en déficience intellectuelle et troubles envahissants du développement. Revue Francophone de la Déficience Intellectuelle, 22, 51-62.


Weiss, J. A., MacMullin, J., Waechter, R., Wekerle, C., & the MAP Research Team. (2011). Child maltreatment, adolescent attachment style, and dating violence: Considerations in youths with borderline-to-mild intellectual disability. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9(5), 555-576.


Weiss, J. A., Slusarczyk, M., & Lunsky, Y. (2011). Individuals with intellectual disabilities living with families    and in psychiatric crisis: Who uses the emergency department and who stays home? Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 4, 158-171.


Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2011). The brief family distress scale: A measure of crisis in caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 521-528.


Weiss, J. A., Waechter, R., Wekerle, C., & the MAP Research Team. (2011). The impact of emotional abuse on psychological distress among child protective services-involved adolescents with borderline-to-mild intellectual disability. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 4, 142-159.


Cappadocia, M. C., & Weiss, J. A. (2011). Review of social skills training groups for youth with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 70-78.


Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2010). Group cognitive behaviour therapy for adults with Asperger syndrome and anxiety or mood disorder: A case series. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 17, 438-446.


Weiss, J. A., Lunsky, Y. & Morin, D. (2010). Psychology graduate student training in developmental disability: A Canadian survey. Canadian Psychology, 51(3), 177 – 184.


Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2010). Service utilization patterns in parents of youth and adults with intellectual disability who experienced psychiatric crisis. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 3, 145-163.


Lunsky, Y., White, S.E., Palucka, A.M., Weiss, J. A., Bockus, S., & Gofine, T. (2010). Clinical outcomes of a specialized inpatient unit for adults with mild to severe intellectual disability and mental illness. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 54(1), 60 - 69.


Weiss, J. A., Lunsky, Y., Gracey, C., Canrinus, M., & Morris, S. (2009). Emergency psychiatric services for individuals with intellectual disabilities: Caregivers’ perspectives. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(4), 354-362. 


Weiss, J. A., Lunsky, Y., Tassé, M. J., & Durbin, J. (2009). Support for the construct validity of the Supports Intensity Scale based on clinician rankings of need. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30, 933-941. 


Weiss, J. A., (2008). The role of Special Olympics for mothers of adult athletes with intellectual disability. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 113(4), 241 – 253. 


Bebko, J. M., Weiss, J. A., Demark, J., & Gomez, P. (2006). Discrimination of temporal synchrony in intermodal events by children with autism and children with developmental delays. Journal of Child Psychology, Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 47(1), 88-98. 


Weiss, J. A., & Diamond, T. (2005). Brief Report: Stress in parents of adult children with  intellectual disabilities attending Special Olympics competition. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 18, 263- 270.


Weiss, J., Diamond, T., Demark, J., & Lovald, B. (2003). Involvement in Special Olympics and  its relations to self-concept and actual competency in participants with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 24(4), 281-305. 

Affiliations

Canadian Psychological Association

Ontario Psychological Association

International Society for Autism Research

International Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities

American Psychological Association

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Ministry of Health
Canadian Autism Partnership Working Group Committee Member

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Clinical Expert Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder Committee Member

Special Olympics Canada
Director on National Board

Awards

Ontario Mental Health Foundation New Investigator Fellowship - 2010

CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research - 2012

Faculty of Health Award for Excellence in Research, Early Career - 2013

Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award - 2011

York University Research Leadership Award - 2013

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Weiss' research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan.  He conducts studies into how people with developmental disabilities access mental health care in Ontario, and is interested in their health service needs, their emergency service use, and their experiences of psychiatric crisis. Families play a critical role in the health of people with developmental disabilities by providing them with care and enabling their access to health services, and he is currently focused on learning about the experience of family caregivers. He is interested in program development and evaluation, and in particular on the impact of Special Olympics on the psychological well-being of participants, and of cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with developmental disabilities.