Dr. Jessica Abrams
Dr. Jessica Abrams is registered as a clinical and school psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. Dr. Abrams completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Hospital for Sick Children and her clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Oshawa Psychological and Counselling Services. She has previously worked at York Region District School Board and Surrey Place Centre. More recently, Dr. Abrams was a staff psychologist and then Chief Psychologist at the Durham Catholic District School Board. Dr. Abrams is currently the Director of the York University Psychology Clinic, where she provides supervision and training to graduate students in the clinical psychology programs.
Dr. Abrams provides comprehensive psycho-educational assessment to children and adolescents with a range of academic, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties to help guide educational and treatment planning and to help students gain a better understanding of how to use their strengths to help manage their challenges. Dr. Abrams provides individualized therapy to children with a range of challenges related to autism, inattention, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, academic problems, anxiety, depression, behavioural difficulties, self-regulation, bullying, social skills, and peer relations.
She has worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 15 years. She has a particular interest in supporting mental health problems experienced by youth on the autism spectrum. She provides comprehensive autism assessments, including the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). She has extensive program evaluation experience and she has collaborated on several research studies and published numerous papers regarding cognitive and social information processing, mental health, and bullying experiences of youth with an autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Abrams has previously taught at York University and the University of Toronto and she has conducted several training workshops. She has completed additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, insomnia, and depression, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), trauma and grief, autism assessment (ADI-R, ADOS-2, and CARS), intervention for selective mutism, PEERS and Friendship Lab social skills groups, Violent Threat and Risk Assessment (VTRA 1 & 2), high-conflict divorce, and ASIST (suicide intervention).