"I decided to major in Psychology after volunteering at the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL) in high school. Having grown up with a diagnosis of autism, I decided to volunteer here to learn more about my own disability. While supervising the Social Science camp at the lab, I saw children with autism having fun and enjoying each other’s company, which sparked a desire to help people with disabilities in whatever context possible. Psychology was the ideal program for me to do so. After graduation, I would be interested in specializing my career goals towards helping people with disabilities or going into counselling.”
Alyssa Chan is a 3rd year Psychology Major (Counselling and Human Development Minor) who completed an 8 month Co-op as a Student Academic Advisor with Student Services, and has been involved on campus as the Accessibility Designated Assistant with the SFSS as well as a Secretary with SFU K.Storm.
Under the direction of Dr. Grace Iarocci, the ADDL lab conducts research on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and other Developmental Disabilities.
This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram on September 13, 2019.