PhD Student

Sonja Saqui is a second year Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program in the department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. Sonja has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in school and clinical settings. She has presented at conferences and facilitated workshops to educators about how to support students with anxiety in the classroom. She is a research coordinator for the Pathways Study (Vancouver site) – a multi-year study of the development of children with autism throughout early childhood through to late adolescence. She is currently working as a practicum student clinician at a local mental health clinic supporting children and adolescents with anxiety, depression and social & emotional concerns. Her research interests focus on how to best support students with autism or/and intellectual disability who have comorbid symptoms of anxiety. Sonja is a mother of two young children who keep her on her toes.

Hunsche, M. C., Saqui, S., Mirenda, P., Zaidman-Zait, A., Bennett, T., Duku, E., Elsabbagh, M., Georgiades, S., Smith, I. M., Szatmari, P., Ungar, W. J., Vaillancourt, T., Waddell, C., Zwaigenbaum, L., & Kerns, C. M. (2020). Parent-reported rates and clinical correlates of suicidality in children with autism spectrum disorder: A longitudinal study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.