Contact Information

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

McGill University

email: kirsty.ainsworth@mail.mcgill.ca

Research Interests

My research focuses on the perceptual and sensory experiences of people with autism. Currently I am researching the processes underlying multi-sensory integration (e.g. audiovisual perception) in autistic and typical children. I also have interests in mental health experiences of individuals on the spectrum and I am currently a Peer Support Mentor at McGill’s Postgraduate Student Society. I am a postdoctoral fellowship awardee from the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC).
 
Keywords: autism, perception, sensory, multi-sensory integration, mental health

 

Teaching

I am currently a guest lecturer at McGill University on the PhD program: Neurological Bases of Behaviour Across Lifespan (EDPE712).

Supervision

I am currently a supervisor on the Université de Montréal Undergraduate Psychology program (PSY2007G).

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Ainsworth, K., Robertson, A. E., Welsh, H., Day, M., Watt, J., Barry, F., Stanfield, A. and Melville, C. (2019). Anxiety in adults with autism: Perspectives from practitioners. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 69, 101457. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2019.101457

Clark, A M., Choby, A., Ainsworth, K., Thompson, D. R. (2015). Addressing Conflict of Interest in Non-Pharmacological Research, The International Journal of Clinical Practice 69:3 270- 273.
DOI:10.1111/ijcp.12569 | Times Higher Education coverage:  http://tinyurl.com/guk462v

Elliott, M. A., and Ainsworth, K. (2012). Predicting University Undergraduates’ Binge-drinking Behavior: A Comparative Test of the One- and Two-component Theories of Planned Behavior, Addictive Behaviors, 37, 92–101. DOI:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.09.005

Selected Conference Presentations (*oral presentation)

*Ainsworth, K., Falagiarda, F., Collignon, O. and Bertone, A. (2019) Emotion perception across development in children with and without autism, Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Service Sociaux (CIUSSS) Annual Conference 2019, Montreal, QC, Canada (20th September 2019)

Ainsworth, K., Scholes, S. and Bertone, A. (2019) Leading modality attenuation across audiovisual processing in autism, International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting Post-Meeting, Hôpital en santé mentale Rivière-des-Prairies, Montreal, QC, Canada (27th May 2019)

Irion, C., Ostrolenk, A., Ainsworth, K. and Bertone A., (2019) The development of multisensory integration from childhood to adulthood, Summer Institute for School Psychology, Montréal, QC, Canada (23rd-24th May 2019) [awarded best poster SISP 2019]

Ainsworth, K., Falagiarda, F., Collignon, O. and Bertone, A. (2019) Time-resolved discrimination of audiovisual expressions of emotion in children with and without autism, Vision Sciences Society 2019, Florida, USA (17th-22nd May 2019)

Ainsworth, K., Scholes, S. and Bertone, A. (2019). Audiovisual temporal binding and leading modality attenuation across development in autism, International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC, Canada (1st-4th May 2019)

Scholes, S. Ainsworth, K. and Bertone, A. (2019). Susceptibility to the Flash-Beep Illusion in Individuals with ASD, International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Montréal, QC, Canada (1st-4th May 2019)

Ainsworth, K., Falagiarda, F., Collignon, O. and Bertone, A. (2019) Audiovisual emotion perception across development in children with and without autism, Centre for Research in Human Development Conference 2019, Montreal, QC (8th January 2019) [awarded first place in post-doctoral poster competition]

Ainsworth, K., Scholes, S. and Bertone, A. (2018) Audiovisual temporal binding across development in autism spectrum disorders, 6e Journée scientifique NeuroQAM, Montréal, QC (23rd November 2018) [awarded best poster presentation]

Ainsworth, K., Tullo, D., Pietracupa, M., Guy, J. and Bertone A. (2018). Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder utilize local viewing strategies for facial identity discrimination: an eye tracking study, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, USA (May 18-23, 2018)

Ainsworth, K., Tullo, D., Pietracupa, M., Guy, J. and Bertone A. (2018). Local and Global Face Identity Discrimination in Children, Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (May 9-12th 2018)

*Ainsworth, K., Courchesne, V., Mottron, L. and Bertone., A. (2017). Feedback improves orientation discrimination in neurotypical adults, but not in adults with autism: a pilot study, Vision Health Research Network Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC (November 7th 2017)

*Ainsworth, K., Robertson, A. E., Welsh, H., Day, M., Watt, J., Barry, F., Stanfield, A. and Melville, C. (2017). Anxiety in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Perspectives from Practitioners, Scottish Autism Research Group Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK (2nd May 2017).

*Ainsworth. K., Garrod. O., Tanaka, J.W., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2015). Modelling the perception of facial expressions of emotions in adults and children with autism spectrum disorders, Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group 30th Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK(21st – 24th July 2015).

Ainsworth. K., Simmons, D.R., Garrod, O., Delis, I., Heptonstall, B., Schyns P.G., Tanaka, J.W.(2015). Revealing Sub-Categorization Strategies Used by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Decode Facial Expressions of Emotion, International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, Utah (13th-16th May 2015).

*Ainsworth. K., Garrod. O., Jack. R. E., Lee., J., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2014). Modeling Dynamic Mental Representations of Facial Expressions of Emotion in Autism Spectrum Disorders, International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, Georgia (14th-17th May 2014).

Ainsworth. K., Garrod. O., Jack. R. E., Holcomb. C., Adolphs. R., Schyns. P., Simmons. D. (2013). Perceptions of Facial Expressions of Emotion in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Reading the ‘minds eye’ Using Reverse Correlation, European Conference for Vision Perception 2013, Bremen, Germany (25th-29th August 2013).