Vivian Lee

Lawson Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellow, Offord Centre for Child Studies


Vivian Lee completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University. Her doctoral work involved the development of novel methodologies in the study of emotional facial perception in infants and toddlers. She also studied the relationship between early social perceptual abilities and later social cognitive skills.


Current Activities

Vivian is currently a Lawson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working with Drs. Ellen Lipman and Teresa Bennett. Her current research investigates the individual, parental, and contextual characteristics and correlates to participation in sports and recreational activities in school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also works with the Family Check-up Study and the Pathways in ASD teams.


Lee, V. and Rutherford, M.D. (under review). Categorical Perception Along the Happy-Sad Continuum in Toddlers. Infant Behavior and Development.

Lee, V., Besada, M., and Rutherford, M.D. (in press). Emotion Expressions Discrimination Predict Emotion Label Production in Toddlers. European Journal of Development Psychology.

Lee, V., Cheal, J., and Rutherford, M.D. (2015). Categorical Perception Along the Happy-Angry and Happy-Sad Continua in the First Year of Life. Infant Behavior and Development, 40, 95-102

Rutherford, M.D, Walsh, J.A., and Lee, V. (2015). Brief Report: Infants Developing with ASD Show a Unique Developmental Pattern of Facial Feature Scanning. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2618-2623

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Research Interests

  • Autism
  • Sports Inclusion
  • Social Cognition

Education, Memberships & Certifications

  • B.A., Psychology medial Biology, Queen's University
  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, McMaster University