Jonathan Weiss


Locations / Contact Info:

Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 55891

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Lab website: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health lab
Research Gate Page
Google Scholar Page

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2007
York University


Dr. Weiss is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place Centre (Toronto) and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and was a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Weiss research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as from non-Tri-Agency sources, including the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Kids Brain Health Network, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Selected Publications

* Students in italics

Albaum, C., Tablon, P., Roudbarani, F., & Weiss, J. A. (2020). Predictors and outcomes associated with therapeutic alliance in cognitive behaviour therapy for children with autismAutism, 24(1), 211-220. doi: 10.1177/1362361319849985

Burnham Riosa, P., Khan, M., & Weiss, J. A. (2019). Measuring therapeutic alliance in children with autism during cognitive behavior therapy. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 26(6), 761-767.

Salem-Guirgis, S., Albaum, C., Tablon, P., Burnham-Riosa, P., Nicholas, D., Drmic, I., & Weiss, J. A. (2019). MYmind for youth with autism and their parentsMindfulness, 10(9), 1730-1743. doi: 10.1007/s12671-019-01107-9

Tint, A., Palucka, A.M., Bradley, E., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2019). Emergency service experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual disabilityAutism, 23(3), 792-795. doi: 10.1177/1362361318760294

Fardella, M. A., Burnham Riosa, P., & Weiss, J. A. (2018). A qualitative investigation of risk and protective factors for violence victimization in adults with ASDDisability and Society, 33(9), 1460-1481. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2018.1498320

Weiss, J. A., & Fardella, M. A. (2018). Victimization and perpetration experiences of adults with an autismFrontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 203.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00203

Lunsky, Y., Tint, A., Weiss, J. A., Palucka, A., & Bradley, E. (2018). A review of emergency department visits made by youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder from the parent perspective. Advances in Autism, 4(1), 10-18doi: 10.1108/AIA-08-2017-0019

Weiss, J. A., Thomson, K., Burnham Riosa, P., Albaum, C., Chan, V., Maughan, A., Tablon, P., & Black, K. (2018). A randomized waitlist controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy to improve emotion regulation in children with autismJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(11), 1180-1191. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12915

Ncube, B., Perry, A., & Weiss, J. A. (2018). The quality of life of children with severe developmental disabilitiesJournal of Intellectual Disability Research. doi: 10.1111/jir.12460

Robinson, S. Hastings, R. Pagavathsing, J., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2018). Self-compassion and psychological distress in parents of young people and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 123(2), 164-175. doi: 10.1111/jar.12423

Ryan, S., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Weiss, J. A. (2018). Patterns of sport participation for youth with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31(3), 369-378. doi: 10.1111/jar.12414

Tint, A. & Weiss, J. A. (2018). A qualitative study of the service experiences of women with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 22(8), 928-937.

Robinson, S., Fraser-Thomas, J., Balogh, R., Lunsky, Y., & Weiss, J. A. (2018). Individual and contextual correlates of highly active Special Olympics athletesAmerican Journal of Intellectual and DevelopmentalDisabilities, 123(2), 164-175 doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-123.2.164.

Ryan, S., Lai, J. K. Y., & Weiss, J. A. (2018). Mental health service use among youth with Autism Spectrum DisorderJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(1), 20-27. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3292-0

Weiss, J. A., Isaacs, B., Diepstra, H., Wilton, A., Brown, H. K., Lunsky, Y. (2018). Health concerns and health service utilization in a population cohort of young adults with ASDJournal of Autism and DevelopmentalDisordersdoi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3292-0

Maughan, A. & Weiss., J.A. (2017). Parental outcomes following participation in cognitive behavioural therapy for children with autism spectrum disorderJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(10), 3166-3179. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3224-z

Tint, A., Palucka, A. M., Bradley, E., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2017). Correlates of police involvement Among adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum DisorderJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 2639-2647.

Tint, A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2017). Identifying the clinical needs and patterns of health service use of adolescent girls and women with autism spectrum disorderAutism Research, 10(9), 1558-1566doi: 10.1002/aur.1806

Burnham-Riosa, R., Chan, V., Maughan, A., Stables, V., Albaum, C. & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Remediating deficits or increasing strengths in autism spectrum disorder research: A content analysisAdvances inNeurodevelopmental Disorders, 1(3), 113-121

Lunsky, Y., Weiss., J., Paquette-Smith, M., Durbin, A., Tint, A., Palucka, A., & Bradley, E. (2017). Predictors of emergency department use by adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder: A prospective cohort studyBritish Medical Journal, 7(7), e017377. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017377

Lai, J. K. Y., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Priority service needs and receipt across the lifespan with Autism Spectrum DisorderAutism Research, 10(8), 1436-1447doi: 10.1002/aur.1786

Altomare, A., McCrimmon, A., Cappadocia, C., Weiss, J. A., Beran, T., & Smith-Demers, A. (2017). When push comes to shove: How are students with autism spectrum disorder coping with bullying? Canadian Journal ofSchool Psychology, 32(3-4), 209-227. doi: 10.1177.0829573516683068.

Lunsky, Y., Hastings, R., Weiss, J. A., Palucka, A., Hutton, S., & White, K. (2017). Comparative effects of mindfulness and support and information group interventions for parents of adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(6), 1769-1779.

Hassan, M., Thomson, K. M., Khan, M., Burnham Riosa, P., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Behavioral skills training for graduate students proving cognitive behaviour therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 17(2), 155-165.

Vogan, V., Lake, J. K., Tint, A., Weiss, J. A., & Lunsky, Y. (2017). Tracking health care service use and the experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual disability: A longitudinal study of service rates, barriers and satisfactionDisability and Health Journal, 10(2), 264-270.

Tint, A., Thomson, K., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). A systematic literature review of psychosocial and physical correlates of Special Olympics participation among Individuals with intellectual disability. Journal ofIntellectual Disability Research, 61(4), 301-324. doi: 10.1111.jir.12295.

Ting, V., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Emotion regulation and parent co-regulation in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(3), 680-689. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-3009-9.

Tint, A., Maughan, A. L., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Community participation of youth with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 6(2), 168-180. doi: 10.1111/jir.12311.

Khanlo, N., Haque, N., Mustafa, N., Vazquez, L. M., Mantini, A., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Access barriers to services by immigrant mothers of children with autism in Canada. International Journal of Mental Health Addiction.Open Access. doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9732-4.

Weiss, J., Ting, V., & Perry, A. (2016). Psychosocial correlates of maladaptive behaviour and psychiatric diagnoses in youth with severe developmental disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(6), 583-593. doi: 10.1111/jir.12278.

Robinson, S., Weiss, J. A., Lunsky, Y., & Ouellette-Kuntz, H. (2016). Informal support and burden among parents of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29(4), 356-365.

Weiss, J. A., Tint, A., Paquette-Smith, M., & Lunsky, Y. (2016). Perceived self-efficacy in parents of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism, 20(4), 425-434.

Tint A., & Weiss, J. A. (2016). Family wellbeing of individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A scoping review.Autism, 20(3), 262-275.

MacMullin, J., Lunsky, Y., & Weiss, J. A. (2016). Plugged in: Electronic use in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism, 20(1), 45-54.

Weiss, J. A., Cappadocia, M. C., Tint, A., & Pepler, D. (2015). Bullying victimization, parenting stress, and anxiety among adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 8(6), 727-737.

Fung, S. Lunsky, Y., & Weiss, J. A. (2015). Depression in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The role of ASD vulnerabilities and family –environmental stressors. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 8, 120-139.

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: the Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(11), 3487-3495.

Perry, A., Taheri, A., Ting, V., & Weiss, J. A. (2015). The GO4KIDDS Brief Adaptive Scale. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 28(6), 594-597.

Lunsky, Y., Paquette-Smith, M., Weiss, J. A., & Lee, J. (2015). Predictors of emergency service use in adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders living with family. Emergency Medical Journal, 32(10), 787-792.

Weiss, J. A., Viecili, M. A., & Bohr, Y. (2015). Parenting stress as a correlate of cognitive behavior therapy responsiveness in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 30(3), 154-164.


Canadian Psychological Association

Ontario Psychological Association

International Society for Autism Research

International Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities


Ontario Mental Health Foundation New Investigator Fellowship - 2010

CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research - 2012

Faculty of Health Award for Excellence in Research, Early Career - 2013

Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award - 2011

York University Research Leadership Award - 2013

University of British Columbia Summer Scholar - 2017

York University Research Leadership Award - 2017

York Research Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disability Mental Health - 2018


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Weiss's research focuses on mental health in people with autism or with intellectual disabilities across the lifespan. He conducts studies into how people with developmental disabilities access mental health care, and is interested in their service needs, use, and experiences. His work is also focused on understanding and supporting family wellness when at least one family member has a developmental disability. He is interested in program development and evaluation, and in particular on the impact of Special Olympics on the psychological well-being of participants, and of psychosocial interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with developmental disabilities.