Megan Ames

Megan Ames
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (2014) (York University) joined department in 2020

Area of expertise

Clinical Psychology

My research is centered on understanding how and why mental health concerns (e.g., depression) are associated with health-related symptoms and behaviours from early adolescence into young adulthood. This developmental period has been identified as being at-risk for declines in both mental health and health behaviours. Embedded within developmental psychopathology and life course health approaches, my research uses longitudinal, person-centered, and intensive repeated methods to enhance our understanding of the dynamic associations between mental health, health behaviours, and health risks in adolescent and young adult samples. The goal of my research is to identify how health behaviour strategies may be incorporated into mental health treatments to create effective prevention and intervention efforts that reduce associated health risks and promote well-being among adolescents and young adults. I also hold research interests related to supporting autistic students in postsecondary settings.

As a scientist-practitioner, I provide client-centered psychological services to children, adolescents, and their families presenting with a wide range of concerns.


  • Depression and mental health in young people
  • Health behaviours and health promotion
  • Postsecondary students with ASD
  • Longitudinal research design and statistical analyses



Craig, S., Ames, M. E., Bondi, B. C., & Pepler, D. J. (2022). Canadian adolescents’ mental health and substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic: Associations with COVID-19 stressors. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.

Ames, M. E., *Coombs, C. E. M., *Duerksen, K. N., Vincent, J., & McMorris, C. N. (2022). Canadian mapping of autism-specific supports for postsecondary students. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 90.

*Duerksen, K., *Besney, R., Ames, M. E., & McMorris, C. M. (2021). Supporting autistic adults in postsecondary settings: A systematic review of peer mentorship programs. Autism in Adulthood, 3, 85-99.

Ames, M. E. & Leadbeater, B. J. (2018). Depressive symptoms trajectories and physical health: Persistence of problems from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Affective Disorders, 240, 121-129doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.001

Ames, M. E., Leadbeater, B. J., Merrin, G. J., & Sturgess, C. M. (2018). Adolescent patterns of peer victimization: Concurrent and longitudinal health correlates. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, e12151. https://doi. org/10.1111/jabr.12151

Ames, M. E., Leadbeater, B. J., & MacDonald, S. W. S. (2018). Health behavior changes in adolescence and young adulthood: Implications for cardiometabolic risk. Health Psychology37(2), 103-113. doi: 10.1037/hea0000560