University of Calgary

Adam McCrimmon

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Profile

Dr. McCrimmon was born and raised in Calgary. After completing his Masers at York University, he returned home to finish his doctorate in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. He joined the Faculty 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.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. McCrimmon’s research focuses on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Within this focus, his research interests include diagnostic assessment, cognition and cognitive development, neuropsychological functioning, and social skills. He has specific interests in executive functioning and mental health in this population. As well, he is interested in interventions to promote development in these areas.

Current Projects:

The Elephant in the Room: Talking to Children with ASD about their Diagnosis.  Alberta Center for Child, Family, and Community Research (ACCFCR).

Evaluating the Effectiveness of the PEERS-YA Social Intervention Program for Young Adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Lynn LaForge-Tieman Foundation Fund for Autism.

Enhancing resilience in youth with autism spectrum disorder through social intervention.   Alberta Center for Child, Family, and Community Research (ACCFCR)

Learning and reinforcement in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Sick Kids Hospital Foundation.               

Adding injury to insult: An exploration of risk factors for peer victimization in children with autism spectrum disorder.  SSHRC. 

 

Previous Projects:

Vocational and personal independence training for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder: Effectiveness of the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES).  Lynn LaForge-Tieman Foundation Fund for Autism.

Resilience and Executive Functions in Children with Asperger’s Syndrome, SSHRC (URGC).

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
University of Calgary

Master of Arts
York University

Bachelor of Arts
University of Calgary

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

Publications

Brady, D. I., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Thorne, K. J. (accepted).  Executive functions in young adults with autism spectrum disorder.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

McCrimmon, A. W., Matchullis, R. L., & Altomare, A. A.  (in press).  Resilience and emotional intelligence in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.  Developmental Neurorehabilitation. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2014.927017

McCrimmon, A. W., Matchullis, R. L., Altomare, A. A., & Smith, A. D. (2016).  Executive functions in autism spectrum disorder.  In. J. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism (pp. 403-425).  New York: Springer

Cadogan, S., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2015).  Pivotal response treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder:  A systematic review of research quality.  Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 18(2), 137-144. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2013.845615

McCrimmon, A. W. (2015). Inclusive education in Canada: Issues in teacher preparation for working with students with exceptional learning needs.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 50(4), 234-237.  doi: 10.1177/1053451214546402

McCrimmon, A. W., Climie, E. A., & Saklofske, D. H. (2015).  Assessment of Intelligence.  In James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 12. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 283–289.

Coret, M. C., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2015).  Review of the clinical evaluation of language fundamentals, fifth edition (CELF-5).  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 35(5), 495-500.

Fenwick, M. & McCrimmon, A. W. (2015).  Review of the Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory (CEFI).  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 30(1), 64-77.

Brady, D. I., Saklofske, D. H., Schwean, V. L., Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Thorne, K. J. (2014).  Cognitive and emotional intelligence in young adults with autism spectrum disorder without an accompanying intellectual or language disorder.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(9), 1016-1023. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.05.009

McCrimmon, A. W. (2014).  A relation between executive functions and language ability in children with ASD that has implications for intervention.  Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 8(1), 5-8. doi: 10.1080/17489539.2014.932512

McCrimmon, A. W., & Montgomery, J. M.  (2014).  Resilience-based perspectives for autism spectrum disorder.  In S. Price-Embury and D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), Resilience Interventions for Youth in Diverse Populations (pp. 375-396). New York: Springer.

McCrimmon, A. W., Jitlina, K., Altomare, A.A., Matchullis, R. L., Smith, A., & Saklofske, D. (2014). Overview of autism spectrum disorders. In L. Wilkinson (Ed.), Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools (pp. 17-36). Washington DC:American Psychological Association Press.

McCrimmon, A. W., & Rostad, K. (2014).  Review of the Autism Diagnostic Observation System, Second Edition.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 32(1), 88-92.

Brady, D. I., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., McCrimmon, A. W., Montgomery, J. M., Thorne, K. J. (2013).  Conceptual and Perceptual Set-shifting executive abilities in young adults with Asperger's syndrome.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12), 1631-1637. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2013.09.009

Climie, E. A., Mastoras, S. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Schwean, V. L. (2013). Resilience in child disorders. In S. Prince-Embury & D.H. Saklofske (Eds.) Resilience in children, adolescents, and adults: Translating research into practice (pp. 113-131). New York: Springer.

Altomare, A. A., McCrimmon, A. W., & Beran, T. N. (2013). Bullying across the globe: A guide for reporting interventions [Virtual special issue]. School Psychology International. Advance online publication. Retrieved from http://spi.sagepub.com/site/special_issues/globebullying.p.pdf

Montgomery, J. M., Stoesz, B. M., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2013).  Emotional intelligence, theory of mind, and executive functions as predictors of social outcomes in young adults with Asperger syndrome.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 28(1), 4-13.  doi: 10.1177/1088357612461525

Soares, M. A., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2013).  Review of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence, Fourth Edition Canadian (WPPSI-IVCDN).  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 28(4), 345-351.

McCrimmon, A. W., & Smith, A. D. (2013).  Review of the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, Second Edition (WASI-II).  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 31(3), 337-341.  doi:10.1177/0734282912467756

McCrimmon, A. W., Jitlina, K., Matchullis, R. L., & Altomare, A. A. (2012).  School-based practices for Asperger syndrome:  A Canadian perspective.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 27(4), 319-336.  doi: 10.1177/0829573512454991

McCrimmon, A.W., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., Montgomery, J. M., & Brady, D. I. (2012).  Executive functions in Asperger’s syndrome:  An empirical investigation of verbal and nonverbal skills. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 224-233.  doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2011.05.003

McCrimmon, A. W. (2012). Patience and appreciation. In J. Andrews & P. Istvanffy (Eds.). Exceptional Life Journeys: Personal Stories about Childhood Disorder. Burlington, MA: Elsevier.

McCrimmon, A. W., Altomare, A. A., Matchullis, R., & Jitlina, K. (2012).  Test Review: The Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(6), 588-592.  doi:10.1177/0734282912438816

Mastoras, S. M., Climie, E. A., McCrimmon, A. W., & Schwean, V. L.  (2011). A C.L.E.A.R. approach to report writing: A framework for improving the efficacy of psychoeducational reports.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26 (2), 127-147.  doi:10.1177/0829573511409722

McCrimmon, A. W. & Climie, E. A. (2011).  Test Review: Test of Written Language – Fourth Edition.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29(6), 592-596.  doi:10.1177/0734282911406646

McCrimmon, A. W.  (2011). Book review of Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools.  A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26(3), 257-259.  doi:10.1177/0829573510393154

McCrimmon, A. W. & Climie, E. A. (2011).  Test Review:  Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26(2), 148-156doi:10.1177/0829573511406643

McCrimmon, A. W. (2011).  Book review of Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention for Childhood and Adolescent Disorders.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 29(2), 188-190.  doi:10.1177/0734282910384952

Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., Schwean, V. L., & Saklofske, D. H.  (2010). Emotional intelligence in Asperger syndrome: Implications of dissonance between cognition and affect.  Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 45(4), 566-582.

Schwean, V.  L., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2008).  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Using the WISC-IV to inform intervention planning.  In. A. Prifitera, D. Saklofske, & L. Weiss (Eds). WISC-IV Clinical Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition.  Burlington, MA, USA:  Elsevier Academic Press.

Montgomery, J. M., Schwean, V. L., Burt, J. G., Dyke, D. I., Thorne, K. J., Hindes, Y. L., McCrimmon, A. W., & Kohut, C. S. (2008).  Emotional intelligence and resiliency in young adults with Asperger’s disorder: Challenges and opportunities.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 23(1), 70-93.  doi:10.1177/0829573508316594

Awards

  • University of Calgary GREAT Supervisor Award (2015)
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award for Full Time Academic Staff (Assistant Professor) (2015)
  • Werklund Teaching Excellence Award (2014)
  • Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence – Doctoral Dissertation (2010)
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (2010)

Media Work

  • 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
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