Educational Advisory Committee

Our goals are to provide evidence based training to ensure best practice intervention for the province. We rely heavily on the expertise of our Educational Advisory Committee (EAC) to provide curriculum updates, guidance and direction to our organization to ensure we deliver high quality programs. The members of this committee are found below with their biographies.

Dr. Paul McDonnellDr. Paul McDonnell
Paul M. McDonnell, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB. and is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).  He has spent over 30 years teaching and conducting research in infant and child development. Dr. McDonnell is also a clinical child psychologist with a private practice in Fredericton.  In the past 10 years, he has taken a special interest in both assessment and intervention with children who have various forms of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  Dr. McDonnell is a member of number of national and international associations including the Association of Behavior Analysis and the Ontario Association of Behavior Analysis.  He is also a member of the Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network (CAIRN).  This group is developing a coordinated agenda for research into early intervention for autistic spectrum disorders.  Currently he chairs the UNB Autism Steering Committee and has been an instructor in UNB’s Autism Intervention Training Program since it began in May 2004.  Dr. McDonnell also serves on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Autism Intervention Training Program.


Dr. Barbara D'EntremontDr. Barbara D’Entremont
Barbara D’Entremont is a Professor in the Psychology Department at UNB. Barbara taught previously at the University of Manitoba and currently teaches courses in developmental and clinical child psychology at UNB. She has research interests in various aspects of development and interventions with children with autism. She is also a licensed psychologist within the Province of New Brunswick.




Dr. Tara KennedyDr. Tara Kennedy
Tara Kennedy, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is a Developmental Pediatrician who recently moved from Toronto to take up a position as Clinical Leader of Pediatric Autism Rehabilitation Services at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She has a Master’s of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and recently completed a PhD program in Medical Education through the Institute of Medical Science and the Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, with a focus on clinical training and supervision of medical trainees. She is actively involved in educational programs in the field of Child Development for medical trainees, physicians, and other health care professionals across North America.


Dr. Jessica BrianDr. Jessica Brian
Jessica Brian is a Psychologist and Clinician-Investigator at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Bloorview Research Institute) and has been Co-Director at the Autism Research Unit at SickKids for ten years. She received her Ph.D. from the clinical-developmental program at York University in 2000 and completed intensive training in Applied Behaviour Analysis during a full-year internship at the Princeton Child Development Institute in New Jersey. Dr. Brian’s primary interests in Autism research include understanding basic mechanisms of attention, very early identification and early intervention. She has been heavily involved in the Canadian arm of the international “Baby Sibs Research Consortium” (PI: L. Zwaigenbaum & S. Bryson; Autism Speaks) for the past ten years, including collaboration in the development of an assessment tool developed by our group specifically for the identification of early ASD signs in infants and toddlers (Autism Observation Scale for Infants; Bryson et al.). Dr. Brian is currently co-leading a randomized controlled trial (with Susan Bryson; Autism Speaks Canada) to establish the effectiveness of  their very early intervention program designed for infants and toddlers at high risk for Autism.


Dr. Holly SeniukDr. Holly Seniuk
Holly Seniuk, Ph.D., BCBA is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Representative to the ABA Certificate Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB. Holly graduated with her PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno. While completing her graduate work in behaviour analysis Holly worked in a variety of clinical settings including early intensive ABA treatment for Autism, consulting to the school district for students with emotional and behavioural disorders, conducting workshops and trainings for parents and teachers with Positive Behavior Supports of Nevada (PBS-NV), and working as the Assistant Director of a day treatment facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.


Curriculum Advisor – Autism Intervention Training Programs

Dre. Sylvie DonaisDre. Sylvie Donais
Sylvie Donais received her Ph.D. in psychology of education at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), in 1997. After an internship with Dr. Lovaas at the University of California in Los Angeles, she trains and supervises parents and staff to apply Intensive Behavioral Intervention with young children with autism. She works in partnership with Readaptation Centers to offer assessment and behavioral treatment for children, teenagers and adults with a pervasive developmental disorders and/or intellectual disabilities. She teaches as a lecturer at University of Montreal in Quebec and at the University of New Brunswick. She is a member of the International Association of Behavior Analysis and she is the vice-president of the Quebec Association of Behavior Analysis. Finally, she is a psychologist in private practice at the Clinique d’approche béhaviorale en autisme, in Montreal.

Behaviour Intervention and Autism Team

Trisha-Fournier-Hoyt & Francyne JutrasTrisha Fournier-Hoyt and Francyne Jutras

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