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Our Research Foci

  • Self-Regulation
  • Autism Treatment
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Neuroscience


Who We Are

The mission of York University's Milton & Ethel Harris Research Initiative is to study processes that promote the development of a healthy mind in young children. We look at this issue at both the psychological and the neurobiological level, and the complex interactions that take place between the two. Our goal is to understand the interaction between psychological and neurobiological processes in order to identify and mitigate potential problems as early as possible, and to enhance the development of healthy minds in all children.

MEHRI-Treatment Program (MEHRI-T)

An interdisciplinary team approach to therapy based on the DIR model.

Our long-term goal is to give children the tools they need to self-regulate and to enjoy and learn from their interactions. The most important components of this model are that the treatment is developmental in nature, tailored to each child’s individual profile, and uses the relationship (between the child, their family, and the therapist) as its driving force.

MEHRI Neuroscience Lab

The neuroscience group at MEHRI is studying the physiological changes in children using a high-density EEG system along with other technologies.

Interested in volunteering?

Become Involved!

If you are interested in becoming involved with our research, contact our community liason, Alicia Allison at 416 736 2100 ext 20401 or email her at allisona "at"

Volunteers do many of the essential functions at MEHRI including participating in experiments, helping to videotape therapy sessions, facilitating experiments, and coding of data. Contact us now to see where you can help!