stephaniehowe

Stephanie Howe

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Biography

Stephanie is a doctoral student in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. She previously completed her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and her M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. Stephanie’s main research interests are related to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., autism, intellectual disabilities, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [FASD]) and co-occurring mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, and suicidality). Stephanie’s doctoral research is focused on understanding camouflaging behaviour among autistic children and adolescents. Camouflaging, or the use of strategies by autistic people to minimize the visibility of their autistic traits in social situations, is associated with stress, autistic burnout, depression, and suicidality among autistic adults. However, little is known about how autistic children and adolescents experience camouflaging, limiting our understanding of what early developmental stages of camouflaging may look like. Stephanie’s research aims to understand the development of and experience of camouflaging among autistic children and adolescents, as well as how camouflaging may lead to adverse outcomes later in life.

Discipline: Psychology

Centre: University of Calgary

Supervisors / Mentors: Carly McMorris

Project Title: Camouflaging, mental health, and burnout among autistic adolescents

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