Student Engagement and Wellness

The Student Engagement and Wellness (SEW) Committee is committed to enriching the student community within the Applied Disability Studies (ADS) department at Brock University.

Our goal is to enhance student engagement, increase student satisfaction, and maximize student retention across cohorts and campuses (e.g., St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto, and Ottawa).

The committee is built of Student Ambassadors, Cohort Representatives, and ADS Faculty Volunteers. Together, committee members work to ensure that the current needs and interests of our diverse student body are being represented.

Get to know the SEW committee 
Taylor Manuge, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University

Taylor is in the full-time Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She is supervised by Dr. Kendra Thomson and is completing exciting research related to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)!

Before moving to St. Catharine’s to attend class, she lived in Durham Region where she worked as a Behaviour Consultant. She has completed a variety of college and university programs, and proudly calls herself a “forever student”.

As a first-year student, who is new to St. Catharine’s, Taylor is excited to be part of the SEW Committee to meet others in ADS and take part in the Brock Community! When her head is not buried in a text book, she enjoys hiking, baking, drinking numerous cups of coffee, painting, and showing pictures of her rescue rabbit, Foster McFluff.

Meaghan Dube is in the part-time Master of Applied Disability Studies specializing in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) program in the Ottawa cohort. In addition to her studies, Meaghan also works full-time implementing ABA in children with autism spectrum disorder. Meaghan also has her undergraduate degree in biology and psychology and a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences. She has a strong passion for ABA and working with children with autism spectrum disorder.

When Meaghan isn’t working or studying, chances are she is hanging out with or playing momager to her adorable cockapoo, Cooper (@cooperthe.cockapoo). She also makes time to reread the Harry Potter series at least once a year. Meaghan is thrilled to join to SEW committee as a student ambassador this year. She is incredibly excited to help connect the Ottawa cohort with the Brock campus and other cohorts!

Meaghan Dube, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University
Taylor McNeely, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University

Taylor is currently in her first year of the Master of Applied Disability Studies program and is specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. She moved from Ottawa to complete her master’s at Brock and is enjoying living in a new city. Her 3 years of experience as a research assistant in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and various volunteer positions led to her interest in the behavioural pediatrics subspecialty of behaviour analysis.

Taylor enjoys reading, yoga, skiing, spending time with friends and family, and hiking with her goldendoodle, Nelson.

She is looking forward to making connections with her peers and the ADS faculty as the SEW committee student ambassador for the M.ADS St. Catharines (ABA) full-time program. She is excited to help plan many fun social and professional development events.

Maria is completing her Master’s in Applied Disability Studies (ABA Specialization) in Hamilton. She currently works as a behaviour therapist at Community Living for adults with developmental disabilities. Maria is passionate about the quality of life of the people she supports.

When she is not busy with work or school, Maria loves to read and write. Her favourite book is Dune by Frank Herbert. She runs a monthly online book club with some peers and would love to start a literature lovers’ group for ADS students! Maria hopes to be a published author herself on day, while also working in the field of behaviour analysis.

Maria is a student ambassador for Hamilton on the SEW committee. She hopes to establish strong bonds amongst cohorts and create a welcoming environment for students. She cares deeply about student wellness and wants to make the experience of grad school more reinforcing and less aversive!

Maria Romano, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University
Manyata Sharma, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University

Manyata is a second year M.A. student of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

She hails from India and looks forward to settling down in Canada. A student of Dr. Rosemary Condillac’s Lab, Manyata holds staunch interest in diverse applications of ABA. She also holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is hopeful to use experiences from both the fields towards developing wholesome services for individuals with developmental disorders.

Her hobbies include knitting, spoken word poetry and cooking. She is delighted to be a part of the SEW committee and is enthusiastic to be working for the students of this department.

Sarah is a 3rd year part-time student in the Master of Applied Disability Studies program and is specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began her career working in supportive living environments, IBI, and ABA groups. She is currently employed as a Behaviour Consultant supporting individuals of all ages. Sarah returned to Brock to earn her graduate degree and pursue BCBA certification.

Her long-term goal is to continue working in a consultative model, while also exploring opportunities in education and mentoring. Sarah has specific interests in sexual behaviour analysis, person-centered approaches to ABA, employability skills, and community collaboration. She participates in the Hamilton FASD collaborative, is a Project Search steering committee member, and a S.A.F.E. (Sexuality, Abuse Awareness, Family Supports, and Education) Hub committee member.

When Sarah is not in school or studying, she may be relaxing at home with her husband and two children, playing roller derby, or cheering on her kids at their sports. She is looking forward to facilitating engagement and wellness for ADS students as a SEW ambassador.

Sarah Smith, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University
Tina Vo, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University

Tina is a part-time student completing her Master’s in Applied Disability Studies (with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis). She lives and works in Toronto, where she spends her time stuck in traffic. Tina currently works as an instructor therapist with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental exceptionalities.

Tina is passionate about the field of ABA and making a socially significant impact on the children and families she supports. When she’s escaping from school work, Tina enjoys learning French, reading Japanese manga, and figure skating mediocrely.

As one of the student ambassadors in the Student Engagement and Wellness (SEW) committee, Tina hopes to form meaningful connections with students from other Brock University campuses and cohorts.

Qi (pronounced “Chee”) is a master’s student in the Department of Applied Disability Studies (Leadership, Diversity, Community, and Culture specialization) at Brock University. She joined Dr. Burnham Riosa’s lab as a research assistant in 2020. Her interests in disability studies are broad and include examining the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and programs that promote family mental health and well-being. Qi also works as an instructor therapist at AlphaBee, where she provides 1:1 support for her clients.

When Qi is not working, she likes spending time with/in:

  • her family;
  • two Chihuahuas – Orange & Milky;
  • painting – acrylic paintings mostly;
  • playing piano;
  • cooking Chinese food;
  • reading books – mostly non-fictions such as self-help, memoir, true crime;
  • strength training.

She is excited and honoured to be involved in SWC as LDCC student ambassador and her cohort student representative.

Qi Wan, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University

Kevin is a full-time Master of Arts student in Applied Disability Studies (ADS) specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Under the supervision of Dr. Priscilla Burnham Riosa, he is currently conducting research examining the effects of strengths-based and positive psychology approaches in creating positive changes in the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

When not bogged down with academic work Kevin enjoys activities such as: cooking, baking, playing piano, playing video games, skating, and playing with his guinea pig (Crouton; @croutontheguineapig).

As an ADS student ambassador, Kevin not only wants to help create fun and engaging events for ADS students but also to improve student connections within and between cohorts to create strong and lasting academic and professional relationships!

Kevin Yu, Applied Disability Studies, Brock University