University of Calgary

Adam McCrimmon

  • Associate Professor


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.

Research & 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.

Current Projects:

Talking about the Elephant in the Room: First-hand accounts of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Receiving their Diagnosis. Lynn LaForge-Tieman Foundation Fund for Autism.

An Innovative Technological Platform for Enhancing Instructional Compliance and Learning of Instructional Cues in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)

Evaluating the PEERS for Preschoolers (P4P) Social Intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Experience of Late Diagnosis for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Overlapping Spectrums: Gender Diversity in the Autism Spectrum

Previous 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. 

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).


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


1.     McCrimmon, A. W., Rodgers, A., & Kapler, E. (in press). Assessment practices for Autism Spectrum Disorder. In K. Maich, S. Penney, K. Alves, & C. Hall (Eds.), Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Canadian Context: An introduction. Toronto: Canadian Scholars.

2.     McCrimmon, A. W. (2020). Expanding the scope of practice: school psychologists and autism spectrum disorder. Psynopsis, 42(1), 15.

3.     Huynh, S., McCrimmon, A. W., & Strong, T. (2020). The change in classification of Asperger Syndrome: An exploration of its effects on self-identity. The Qualitative Report, 25(2), 379-398.

4.     Schuetze, M., Cho, I., Vinette, S., Rivard, K., Rohr, C., Jourdan, K., Cozma, A., McMorris, C., McCrimmon, A., Dewey, D., & Bray, S. (2019). Learning with individual-interest outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 38.

5.     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. (2019). Reduced white matter fiber density in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cerebral Cortex, 29 (4), 1778-1788.

6.     McCrimmon, A. W., Hendrickson, N. K., Gray, S. M. & Pepperdine, C. R. (2019). Diagnostic frameworks in current Canadian educational systems. Canadian Psychology, 60(3), 141-147.

7.     Hendrickson, N., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2019). Review of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, Second Edition (BRIEF2). Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 34(1), 73-78.

8.     Rivard, K., Protzner, A., Burles, F., Schuetze, M., Cho, I, Ten Ecke, K., McCrimmon, A. W., Dewey, D., Cortese, F., & Bray, S. (2018). Largely typical electrophysiological affective responses to special interest stimuli in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(9).

9.     McCrimmon, A. W., Climie, E. A., & Huynh, S. (2018).  The relation between emotional intelligence and resilience in at-risk populations.  Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 21 (5), 326-335.

10.   Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., Climie, E., & Ward, M. (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 (pp. 243-297). Switzerland: Springer.

11.   Pepperdine, C. R., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2018).  Review of the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3).  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 33(2), 157-163. 

12.   Cho, I. Y., Jelinkova, K., Schuetze, M., Vinette, S. A., Rahman, S., McCrimmon, A. W., Dewey, D., & Bray, S. (2017). Circumscribed interests in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A look beyond trains, planes, and clocks.  PLOS One.

13.   Schuetze, M., Rohr, C. S., Dewey, D., McCrimmon, A. W., & Bray, S. (2017).  Reinforcement learning in Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Frontiers in Psychology, 8.

14.   Montgomery, J. M., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2017).  Contemporary issues in school-based practice for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(3-4), 187-191.

15.   Montgomery, J. M., & McCrimmon, A. W. (Eds.). (2017).  Contemporary issues in school-based practice for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder [Special issue].  Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

16.   Altomare, A. A., McCrimmon, A. W., Cappadocia, M. C., Weiss, J. A., Beran, T. N., & Smith-Demers, A. D. (2017).  When push comes to shove: How are students with Autism Spectrum Disorder coping with bullying?  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(3-4), 209-227.

17.   McCrimmon, A. W., & Yule, A. E. (2017).  Clinical reasoning in the assessment and planning for intervention for autism spectrum disorder.  Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(1), 59-72.

18.   Smith-Demers, A. D., McCrimmon, A. W., & Shaw, K. S. (2017).  Vocational training for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Effectiveness of the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES).  Emerging Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research in Education and Psychology, 1(1), 1-19.

19.   Brady, D. I., Schwean, V. L., Saklofske, D. H., Montgomery, J. M., McCrimmon, A. W., & Thorne, K. J. (2017).  Executive functions in young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 32(1), 31-43. 

20.   McCrimmon, A. W., Matchullis, R. L., & Altomare, A. A.  (2016).  Resilience and emotional intelligence in children with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19(3). 154-161.

21.   Emotional Intelligence in Education: Integrating Research with Practice (pp. 243-297). Switzerland: Springer.

22.   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.

23.   Murphy, K., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2016). Book Review: WISC-V assessment and interpretation: Scientist-practitioner perspectives. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 31(1), 63-70.

24.   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. 

25.   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. 

26.   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.

27.   Coret, M. C., & McCrimmon, A. W. (2015).  Review of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Fifth Edition (CELF-5).  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 33(5), 495-500.

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

29.   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. 

30.   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.

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

32.   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.

33.   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.

34.   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.

35.   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

36.   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.

37.   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.

38.   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.

39.   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.

40.   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.

41.   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.

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

43.   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.

44.   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.

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

46.   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.

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

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

49.   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.

50.   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.



  • Canadian Psychological Association Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology in Canada award (2020)
  • Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP) Award for Excellence in Professional Training (2019)
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award (2017)
  • 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

  • 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
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