Adam McCrimmon, PhD, RPsyc

Adam McCrimmon

Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, School and Applied Child Psychology

Adjunct Associate Professor

Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology

Media contacts

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Email: clmacgil@ucalgary.ca
Twitter: @UCalgaryEduc

Background

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy School & Applied Child Psychology, University of Calgary, 2010

M.A. Clinical-Developmental Psychology, York University, 2006

B.A. Psychology, University of Calgary, 2000

Biography

Dr. McCrimmon was born and raised in Calgary. After completing his Masters at York University, he returned home to finish his doctorate in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. He joined the Werklund School of Education in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology program. He teaches graduate courses on childhood assessment and psychopathology in addition to practicum courses on childhood assessment and diagnosis.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. McCrimmon provides expertise in the form of consultation and professional development to a wide range of professionals and community-based organizations that provide services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

  • College of Alberta Psychologists, Registered Psychologist
  • International Society for Autism Research, Full Member
  • Canadian Psychological Association, Member

Research

Areas of Research

Theoretical Orientations:
  • developmental
  • cognitive
Scholarly Activity

Dr. McCrimmon’s research focuses on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with specific emphasis on adolescence and adulthood, social skills, cognition and cognitive development, and supports to enhance these in those with autism.

Interests:
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Collaborative, school-based research
  • Developmental wellness and resiliency
  • Education exceptional children
  • Educational psychology
  • Intelligence, cognition, and personality
  • Mental health
  • Psycho-educational assessment

Participation in university strategic initiatives

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
EDPS 662 LEC 01 01 School Psychology Practicum I 2021
EDPS 665 LAB 01 B01 Cognitive Assess & Intervent 2021
EDPS 665 LEC 01 01 Cognitive Assess & Intervent 2021
EDPS 662 LAB 01 B01 School Psychology Practicum I 2020
EDPS 76112 LAB 02 B02 AdvDocPracClincAss&Sprvs 2020
EDPS 76112 LEC 02 02 AdvDocPracClincAss&Sprvs 2021
EDPS 76113 LAB 01 B01 AdvDocPracClincAss&Sprvs 2020
EDPS 76113 LEC 01 01 AdvDocPracClincAss&Sprvs 2021
EDPS 76613 LAB 01 B01 School-Based Practicum 2021
EDPS 76613 LEC 01 01 School-Based Practicum 2020

Awards

  • Canadian Psychological Association Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology in Canada, Canadian Psychological Association . 2020
  • Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP) Award for Excellence in Professional Training, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP). 2019
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. 2017
  • University of Calgary GREAT Supervisor Award, 2015
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award for Full Time Academic Staff (Assistant Professor), University of Calgary. 2015
  • Werklund Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary. 2014
  • Canadian Psychological Associtation Certificate of Academic Excellence- Doctoral Dissertation , Canadian Psychological Associtation. 2010
  • Psychologists' Association of Alberta Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Psychologists' Association of Alberta. 2010

Publications

  • Autism interest intensity in early childhood associates with executive functioning but not reward sensitivity or anxiety symptom. Godfrey, K., Espenhahn, S., Stokoe, M., McMorris, C., Murias, K., McCrimmon, A., Harris, A., & Bray, S. . Autism. (2022)
  • Attitudes and perceptions of Muslim parents toward their children with cutism: A Systematic review. Bernier, A. S., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. (2022)
  • Tactile cortical responses and association with tactile sensitivity in young children on the autism spectrum. Espenhahn, S., Godfrey, K. J., Kaur, S., Ross, M., McMorris, C., Cortese, F., Wright, C., Murias, K., Dewey, D., Protzner, A. B., McCrimmon, A., Bray, S., & Harris A. D. . Molecular Autism. (2022)
  • Feeding and eating problems in children and adolescents with autism: A scoping review. Baraskewich, J., McMorris, C., von Ranson, K., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Autism. (2022)
  • Review of the Raven’s 2 Progressive Matrices Clinical Edition. Mcleod, J. W., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. (2022)
  • A systematic review of factors relating to parental satisfaction with the diagnostic process for autism spectrum disorder. McCrimmon, A. W., & Gray, S. M. . Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 8. 334-349. (2020)
  • Expanding the scope of practice: school psychologists and autism spectrum disorder. McCrimmon, A. W. . Synopsis, 42(1). 15. (2020)
  • The change in classification of Asperger Syndrome: An exploration of its effects on self-identity. Huynh, S., McCrimmon, A. W., & Strong, T. . The Qualitative Report, 25(2). 379-398. (2020)
  • Assessment practices for autism spectrum disorder. McCrimmon, A. W., Rodgers, A., & Kapler, E. . In K. Maich, S. Penney, K. Alves, & C. Hall (Eds.), Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Canadian Context: An introduction. (2021)
  • Learning with individual-interest outcomes in autism spectrum disorder. Schuetze, M., Cho, I., Vinette, S., Rivard, K., Rohr, C., Jourdan, K., Cozma, A., McMorris, C., McCrimmon, A., Dewey, D., & Bray, S. . Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 38.. (2019)
  • Reduced white matter fiber density in autism spectrum disorder. Dimond, D., Schuetze, M., Smith, R., Dhollander, T., Cho, I., Vinette, S., Ten Ecke, K., Lebel, C., McCrimmon, A., Dewey, D., Connelly, A., & Bray, S. . Cerebral Cortex, 29 (4). 1778-1788. (2019)
  • Diagnostic frameworks in current Canadian educational systems. McCrimmon, A. W., Hendrickson, N. K., Gray, S. M. & Pepperdine, C. R.. Canadian Psychology, 60(3). 141-147. (2019)
  • Review of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, Second Edition (BRIEF2). Hendrickson, N., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 34(1). 73-78. (2019)
  • Largely typical electrophysiological affective respLargely typical electrophysiological affective responses to special interest stimuli in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Rivard, K., Protzner, A., Burles, F., Schuetze, M., Cho, I, Ten Ecke, K., McCrimmon, A. W., Dewey, D., Cortese, F., & Bray, S.. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(9),. 3133-3143. (2018)
  • Review of the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3). Pepperdine, C. R., & McCrimmon, A. W.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 33(2). 157-163. (2018)
  • Emotional Intelligence in Atypical Populations: Research and School-Based Interventions. In K. Keefer, T. Parker, & D. H. Saklofske (Eds), Emotional Intelligence in Education: Integrating Research with Practice. Montgomery, J., McCrimmon, A. W., Climie, E. A., & Ward, W.. In K. Keefer, T. Parker, & D. H. Saklofske (Eds), Emotional Intelligence in Education: Integrating Research with Practice. 243-297. (2018)
  • The Relation between Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in At-Risk Populations . McCrimmon, A. W., Climie, E. A., & Huynh, S.. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 21(5). (2018)
  • Circumscribed Interests in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A look Beyond Trains, Planes, and Clocks.. Cho, I. Y., Jelinkova, K., Schuetze, M., Vinette, S. A., Rahman, S., McCrimmon, A. W., Dewey, D., & Bray, S. . PLOS One. (2017)
  • Reinforcement Learning in Autism Spectrum Disorder.. Schuetze, M., Rohr, C. S., Dewey, D., McCrimmon, A. W., & Bray, S.. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. (2017)
  • Contemporary Issues in School-Based Practice for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.. Montgomery, J. M., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(3-4). 187-191. (2017)
  • When push comes to shove: How are students with Autism Spectrum Disorder coping with bullying? , 32(3-4). Altomare, A. A., McCrimmon, A. W., Cappadocia, M. C., Weiss, J. A., Beran, T. N., & Smith-Demers, A. D.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(3-4). 209-227. (2017)
  • Clinical reasoning in the assessment and planning for intervention for autism spectrum disorder. McCrimmon, A. W., & Yule, A. E.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(1). 59-72. (2017)
  • Vocational Training for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Effectiveness of the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES). Smith-Demers, A. D., McCrimmon, A. W., & Shaw, K. S.. Emerging Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research in Education and Psychology, 1. 1-19. (2017)
  • Executive functions in young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 32(1), 31-43. doi: 10.. Brady, D. I., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Thorne, K. J. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 32(1). 31-43. (2017)
  • Resilience and emotional intelligence in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder. McCrimmon, A. W., Matchullis, R. L., & Altomare, A. A.. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19(3). 154-161. (2016)
  • Executive functions in autism spectrum disorder. In. J. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism (pp. 403-425). New York: Springer. McCrimmon, A. W., Matchullis, R. L., Altomare, A. A., & Smith, A. D.. In. J. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism . 403-425. (2016)
  • Pivotal response treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of research quality. Cadogan, S., & McCrimmon, A. W.. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 18(2). 137-144. (2015)
  • Book Review: WISC-V assessment and interpretation: Scientist-practitioner perspectives. Murphy, K., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 31(1). 63-70. (2016)
  • Inclusive education in Canada: Issues in teacher preparation for working with students with exceptional learning needs. McCrimmon, A. W.. Intervention in School and Clinic, 50(4). 234-237. (2015)
  • Assessment of Intelligence. McCrimmon, A. W., Climie, E. A., & Saklofske, D. H.. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 12. 283–289. (2015)
  • Review of the clinical evaluation of language fundamentals, fifth edition (CELF-5). . Coret, M. C., & McCrimmon, A. W.. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 33(5). 495-500. (2015)
  • Review of the Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory (CEFI). Fenwick, M. & McCrimmon, A. W.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 30(1). 64-77. (2015)
  • Cognitive and emotional intelligence in young adults with autism spectrum disorder without an accompanying intellectual or language disorder. Brady, D. I., Saklofske, D. H., Schwean, V. L., Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Thorne, K. J. . Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(9). 1016-102. (2014)
  • A relation between executive functions and language ability in children with ASD that has implications for intervention. McCrimmon, A. W.. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 8(1). 5-8. (2014)
  • Resilience-based perspectives for autism spectrum disorder. . McCrimmon, A. W., & Montgomery, J. M. . In S. Price-Embury and D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), Resilience Interventions for Youth in Diverse Populations . 375-396. (2014)
  • Overview of autism spectrum disorders. McCrimmon, A. W., Jitlina, K., Altomare, A.A., Matchullis, R. L., Smith, A., & Saklofske, D.. In L. Wilkinson (Ed.), Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools. Washington DC:American Psychological Association Press. 17-36. (2014)
  • Review of the Autism Diagnostic Observation System, Second Edition. . McCrimmon, A. W., & Rostad, K.. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 32(1). 88-92. (2014)
  • Conceptual and Perceptual Set-shifting executive abilities in young adults with Asperger's syndrome. Brady, D. I., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., McCrimmon, A. W., Montgomery, J. M., Thorne, K. J. . Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12). 1631-1637. (2013)
  • Resilience in child disorders. Climie, E. A., Mastoras, S. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Schwean, V. L. . In S. Prince-Embury & D.H. Saklofske (Eds.) Resilience in children, adolescents, and adults: Translating research into practice. New York: Springer.. 113-131. (2013)
  • Bullying across the globe: A guide for reporting interventions [Virtual special issue]. Altomare, A. A., McCrimmon, A. W., & Beran, T. N.. School Psychology International. (2013)
  • Emotional intelligence, theory of mind, and executive functions as predictors of social outcomes in young adults with Asperger syndrome. Montgomery, J. M., Stoesz, B. M., & McCrimmon, A. W.. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 28(1). 4-13. (2013)
  • Review of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence, Fourth Edition Canadian (WPPSI-IVCDN). Soares, M. A., & McCrimmon, A. W. . Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 28(4). 345-351. (2013)
  • Review of the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, Second Edition (WASI-II). McCrimmon, A. W., & Smith, A. D.. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 31(3). 337-341. (2013)
  • School-based practices for Asperger syndrome: A Canadian perspective. McCrimmon, A. W., Jitlina, K., Matchullis, R. L., & Altomare, A. A.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 27(4). 319-336. (2012)
  • Executive functions in Asperger’s syndrome: An empirical investigation of verbal and nonverbal skills. McCrimmon, A.W., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., Montgomery, J. M., & Brady, D. I.. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6. 224-233. . (2012)
  • Patience and appreciation. McCrimmon, A. W. . In J. Andrews & P. Istvanffy (Eds.). Exceptional Life Journeys: Personal Stories about Childhood Disorder. Burlington, MA: Elsevier.. (2012)
  • Test Review: The Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition. McCrimmon, A. W., Altomare, A. A., Matchullis, R., & Jitlina, K. . Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(6). 588-592. (2012)
  • A C.L.E.A.R. approach to report writing: A framework for improving the efficacy of psychoeducational reports. Mastoras, S. M., Climie, E. A., McCrimmon, A. W., & Schwean, V. L. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26(2). 127-147. (2011)
  • Test Review: Test of Written Language – Fourth Edition. McCrimmon, A. W. & Climie, E. A. . Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29(6). 592-596. (2011)
  • Book review of Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools. A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention. McCrimmon, A. W. . Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26(3). 257-259. (2011)
  • Test Review: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition. McCrimmon, A. W. & Climie, E. A.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26(2). 148-156. (2011)
  • Book review of Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention for Childhood and Adolescent Disorders. McCrimmon, A. W.. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessments 29(2). 188-190. (2011)
  • Emotional intelligence in Asperger syndrome: Implications of dissonance between cognition and affect. Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., Schwean, V. L., & Saklofske, D. H.. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 45(4). 566-582. (2010)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Using the WISC-IV to inform intervention planning. Schwean, V. L., & McCrimmon, A. W.. In. A. Prifitera, D. Saklofske, & L. Weiss (Eds). WISC-IV Clinical Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition. Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier Academic Press. (2008)
  • Emotional intelligence and resiliency in young adults with Asperger’s disorder: Challenges and opportunities. Montgomery, J. M., Schwean, V. L., Burt, J. G., Dyke, D. I., Thorne, K. J., Hindes, Y. L., McCrimmon, A. W., & Kohut, C. S.. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 23(1). 70-93. (2008)

More Information

Media:

  • Toronto attack: Autism does not increase risk of violence, CHML 900 Radio, Hamilton.
  • What happened to Asperger’s syndrome? CJAD 800 Radio, Montreal, March, 2018.
  • Bullying of students with ASD, CBC Radio Calgary Homestretch Show, September, 2015.
  • Autism Awareness Month – April 30th, CityTV Breakfast Television, April, 2015.
  • Calgary program helps young adults with autism make friends, Global Television Evening News, April, 2015.
  • Talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder, CTV Calgary Evening News, June, 2014.
  • Adult autism, CBC radio, Jannuary, 2014.
  • Researchers to explore how bullying impacts kids with autism, Global Television Evening News, October, 2013.
  • Preschoolers are loving the iPad, Calgary Herald, June, 2011
  • Children with Asperger’s can become extremely successful; U of C researcher, Global Calgary, April 6, 2011
  • Asperger’s Awareness, Breakfast Television, CityTV Calgary, April 5, 2011
  • UofC researcher focuses on strengths in Asperger’s syndrome, QR77 Radio Calgary, April 5, 2011
  • Science in the Cinema – Temple Grandin, ShawTV Calgary, February 1-8, 2011
  • Science in the Cinema – Temple Grandin, QR77 Radio Calgary, February 2, 2011