Francesca Dansereau, M.Ed

PhD (candidate), RDI® Certified Consultant

Francesca Dansereau

RDI® Certified Consultant
Founding President of The Social Tree Foundation
PhD Educational Psychology (Candidate), Educational Psychology
Masters of Education (M.Ed), Education and Counselling Psychology
Bachelors of Computer Science, Computer Science
Certificate of Training – Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary with Michelle Garcia Winner

Francesca Dansereau is a PhD candidate in Human Development at McGill University. She worked as an integration technology specialist, an adaptive technology trainer for Microcomputer Science and as an RDI certified consultant in private practice. The research she has conducted in the field focuses on neurodevelopmental disabilities (down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities), quality of life and education technology. Expanding her expertise, her dissertation focuses on career development and autism spectrum disorder for which she has recently founded The Social Tree Foundation to open a career center with a multidisciplinary team of professional in the Montreal area.

Founding President of The Social Tree Foundation
2016 – Present
The Social Tree is a foundation created to support families who have an individual on the Autism Spectrum, or related disabilities. The foundation provides information, support or opportunities in such to improve overall quality of life. The foundation was founded in hope to develop a Career Centre that is not solely about employment opportunities, but considers the person’s entire developmental trajectory, areas of strengths and weakness, skills, talents or interests. Our Center offers all interventions and services from highly qualified professionals with vast experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. ‬

RDI Certified Consultant
2014 – Present
RDI is a parent-based intervention for families who have a child on the autism spectrum. This video based intervention supports parents and teach them how to guide their child, adolescent, or young adult to develop friendships, engage in reciprocal communication, increase in confidence, and become independent/ autonomous. It also facilitates relationship development between the parents and the individual in question.

Education:

McGill University
PhD Educational Psychology (Candidate), Educational Psychology
2012 – Present

McGill University
Masters of Education (M.Ed), Education and Counselling Psychology
2009 – 2012

Concordia University
Bachelors of Computer Science, Computer Science
2003 – 2007

Certifications:

Certificate of Training – Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary with Michelle Garcia Winner
Nov. 2016
Center Gold Montreal, Quebec

RDI Program Certified Consultant
Sep 2014 – Present
RDI Connect

Publications:

Dansereau, F., & Flanagan, T. (In Preparation). On-line pragmatic language profiles: differences between Asperger Syndrome and Learning Disability Groups. Journal of Disabilities and Society.

Flanagan, T.D., Dechef-Tweddle, M.L.E., Sobel, H.S., Dansereau, F., & Loebus, A. (Proposal Accepted,2015). Quality of life in families with a child with down syndrome.. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

Conferences:

Dansereau, F., Flanagan, T., & Saxe, A. (July, 2017). A Career Development Approach to Employment and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Focused Discussion at the 17th International Conference on Diversity, Organizations and Nations, Ontario, Canada.

Saxe, A., Flanagan, T., & Dansereau, F. (July, 2017). Employment Needs of Individuals with Visible and Invisible Disabilities in Quebec. Paper Presentation at the 17th International Conference on Diversity, Organizations and Nations, Ontario, Canada.

Dansereau, F., Saxe, A., & Flanagan, T. (March, 2017). Employment and Career Development Among Individuals with Disabilities and ASD: The Role of Barriers and Self-Determination. Panel Discussion presented at the 16th EGSS Conference, Community & Culture: Education for All, Montreal, Canada.

Flanagan, T., Bucchanan, P., & Dansereau, F. (June, 2014). Flexible use of iPads to Support IEP Goals for Students with IDD. Poster session presented at The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 138th Annual Meeting, Orlando Florida, USA.

Sobel, H.S., Dechef-Tweddle, M.L. E., Dansereau, F., Loebus, A., & Flanagan, T.D (June, 2011). Quality of Life in Families with a Child with Down Syndrome. Poster session presented at The Canadian Psychological Association’s 72nd Annual Convention, Ontario, Canada.

Dansereau, F., & Flanagan, T. (May, 2010). Self -Expression Through Language For Individuals With Autism. Poster session presented at The Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education component of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Scholarships & Awards:

2017 – Emerging Scholar Award for the 2017 International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, & Nations (26-28 July), in Toronto Canada.

2014 – Ministère de l’Éducation – TIC Grant, McGill University, Canada

2013 – Ministère de l’Éducation – TIC Grant, McGill University, Canada

2012 – Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University, Canada

2003 – Entrance Scholarship, Concordia University, Canada

6894 Somerled
Montreal, Quebec H4V 1V1
Canada
Phone: 514-244-0050
Email: [email protected]
Website: thesocialtree.org

Areas Serviced:

  • Montreal Region
  • Quebec

Francesca is currently working with families at a distance

 

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