Priscilla Burnham Riosa

Assistant Professor


Office: TH 146G
905-688-5550 x6376

I am an assistant professor in the Centre for Applied Disability Studies. I am a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and I have been working in the disability field for over 13 years. I earned my PhD in human development at the University of Guelph and MSc at Western University in developmental psychology. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jonathan Weiss at York University where I conducted clinical research in the area of mental health and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

My research interests include:

  • Mental health and ABA
  • Behavioural interventions and cognitive behavioural interventions for youth with ASD
  • Non-specific therapeutic factors in behaviourally derived intervention
  • Community based intervention research

Weiss, J. A., Burnham Riosa, P., Robinson, S., Ryan, S., Tint, A., Viecili, M., MacMullin, J. A., & Shine, R. (2016). Understanding Special Olympics experiences from the athlete perspectives using photo-elicitation: A qualitative study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi: 10.1111/jar.12287

Thomson, K., Burnham Riosa, P., & Weiss, J. A., (2015). Brief report of preliminary outcomes of an emotion regulation intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 45(11), 3487-3495. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2446-1

Weiss, J. A., & Burnham Riosa, P. (2015). Thriving in youth with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(8), 2474-2486. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2412-y

Book chapters:

Burnham Riosa, P., Preyde, M., & Porto, M. L. (2015). Transitioning to adult mental health services: Perceptions of adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(4), 446-476. doi: 10.1177/0743558415569730

Weiss, J. A., Burnham Riosa, P., Mazefsky, C., & Beaumont, R. (accepted). Emotion regulation in autism spectrum disorder. In C. Essau and T. Ollendick (Eds.). Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents. London: Oxford University Press.