READY TO FACILITATE YOUR RESEARCH
SCERT's team is ready to accommodate researchers and post secondary institutions who are interested in performing studies geared toward educational best practices and quality of life improvements for youth with NDCs.
HERMAN ERDOGMUS - DIRECTOR GENERAL SUMMIT SCHOOL
Herman has spent his career working in the educational sector with youth with developmental disabilities. He has served as Director General of Summit School since 2013. In this capacity he has overseen the continued growth of the school. Under his direction new educational, arts, and vocational programs have been added to the school's long list of innovative educational initiatives. Herman's objective to make Summit School a contribution to the global research community is the driving reason for his support of the SCERT program.
ED CUKIER - SCERT CO-FOUNDER & CLINICAL CONSULTANT
Ed Cukier co-founded the SCERT and served as its Clinical Director until 2019. He currently acts as SCERT's clinical consultant, bringing with him over 45 years of experience in education, social affairs, and rehabilitation. Ed started his career as a Child Care Worker and went on to become a Special Education Teacher, Crisis Counselor, Educational Psychologist, School Board administrator, and most recently, Department Head of Psychological Services at Summit School. Ed has given numerous presentations, training workshops, studies, and won awards for innovative projects with special needs populations.
DR. ARMANDO BERTONE - SCERT DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, McGILL UNIVERSITY
Dr. Armando Bertone is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of School/Applied Child Psychology in the Educational and Counselling Psychology Department at McGill University. A licensed neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Bertone is the director of the Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory for Autism and Development (PNLab.ca), where he leads both laboratory- and school-based research programs. The aim of the PNLab’s work is to develop and improve attentional and behavioral interventions for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental conditions based on their perceptual and cognitive strengths and challenges in at different periods of development. Dr. Bertone’s work has been published in
top-tier journals in the fields of developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, and autism. His work has been supported by provincial (FRQS) and national funding agencies (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC).
DR. JAKE BURACK - SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR - PROFFESSOR, McGILL UNIVERSITY
Dr. Jacob A. (Jake) Burack is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University (Montreal). He is the founder and director of the McGill Youth Study Team (MYST), through which his work and that of his students is guided by the motto of "excellence in the study and education of all children". Jake is a founding co-investigator of two national networks funded by the CIHR – the Autism Research Training Program (ART) and the National Network on Aboriginal Mental Health (NAMHR) -- and a member of the Research Management Committee of the (CIHR-funded) Kids Brain Health Network.. He is also a longtime member of the board of directors of Summit School.
DR. SAMIRA MOUMNE - CLINICAL DIRECTOR, SUMMIT SCHOOL
Dr. Samira Moumne, PhD, is a licensed child psychologist working at Summit School and in private practice. She completed her graduate studies in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. As Clinical Director at SCERT, Dr. Moumne draws on her clinical and research experience to bridge connections between school staff, student families, and external scholars conducting their research at Summit School. Her goals are to facilitate applied research projects intended to promote the psychosocial and behavioural development of individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions, and to communicate research-based interventions and strategies to these individuals, their parents, educators, professionals, and the community at large. Dr. Moumne’s objective to make research accessible and practical for neurodiverse students is her primary motivation for her engagement in SCERT.
JESSE HEFFRING - MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS CO-ORDINATOR
Jesse is a multimedia teacher and the co-ordinator of Summit School’s Performing Arts program. He has worked at all three campuses producing short films, documentaries, and theatre projects with the students. His work has garnered awards and screenings in Canada and beyond. Jesse has also developed several unique programs at Summit School, including the first year-round “learn-to-work” business (the Copy Center), the reception program, the Media program and the school’s Youtube channel. Jesse’s role at SCERT is to oversee the Media and Communications, as well as help organize conference and seminars. He is continually inspired by SCERT’s important mandate to improve the lives of youth with neurodevelopmental conditions through research and training..
GABRIELLA BOFFICE - SCERT CO-ORDINATOR
Gabriella completed her B.A at McGill University with a major in Psychology and a double-minor in Communication Studies and Behavioural Science. Throughout her degree, she completed an undergraduate thesis examining the role of social interaction on infant’s ability to learn through digital screens. She also volunteered in a research lab and has been working on a project examining the predictive validity of parent’s subjective ratings on their child’s actual attentional capabilities. Gabriella is passionate about implementing research projects at SCERT that will not only improve our knowledge regarding the best educational services and practices for individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions (NDC’s), but that will also benefit Summit School students and children with NDC’s at large.