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.
SCERT’s executive committee and founding members are: Dr. Armando Bertone (SCERT Director & Associate Professor, McGill University), Ed Cukier (Clinical Director & Head Psychologist, Summit School), Dr. Jake Burack (Scientific Director & Professor, McGill University & Summit School Board member), and Herman Erdogmus (Director General, Summit School). Other members include Dr. Samira Moumne (Clinical Psychologist, Summit School), and our SCERT coordinator, Andrea Guzman.
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 for the past five years. 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 - CLINICAL DIRECTOR - HEAD PSYCHOLOGIST, SUMMIT SCHOOL
For the past 45 years, Ed has worked with many different special needs populations of all ages in a variety of settings: residential, hospital, psychiatric, schools, school boards, social affairs, and detention. Ed started his career as a Child Care Worker, and then went on to become a Sp. Ed Teacher, Special Education Department Head, Behavioural Specialist, Educational Psychologist, Special Education Coordinator. He now serves as Department Head, Psychological Services, at Summit School. Ed has given numerous presentations, training workshops, studies, and won awards for interventional projects with special needs.
DR. ARMANDO BERTONE - SCERT DIRECTOR - 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 in Montreal, Canada. 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 increase the efficacy of existing cognitive and behavioral interventions in autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions by defining and considering perceptual and cognitive strengths and challenges 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 Professor of School/Applied Child Psychology and Human Development 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 Canadian Institutes for Health Research – the Autism Research Training Program (ART) and the National Network on Aboriginal Mental Health (NAMHR) -- and a member of the Research Management Committee of Kids Brain Health Network. the editorial boards of Development and Psychopathology and the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, and the board of directors of Summit School.
DR. SAMIRA MOUMNE - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, 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. At SCERT, Dr. Moumne draws on both her clinical and research experience by serving as a liaison between school staff and external scholars conducting their studies on Summit School campuses. Dr. Moumne’s objective to bridge science and clinical practice by facilitating applied research in the special needs classroom is the primary motivation for her engagement in SCERT.
ANDREA GUZMAN - SCERT CO-ORDINATOR
Andrea completed a BSc (Major Psychology, Minor Education) at McGill University. During her degree she was a research assistant for the Perceptual Neuroscience Lab for Autism and Development and for Dr. Luheshi’s lab at the Douglas Institute. Currently, Andrea is interested in research projects that can be implemented in schools for children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Mainly, she is interested in projects that will strengthen educational services and ultimately improve the students’ learning experience.