Self-Reg Research

Self-regulation research is leading to fantastic advances in the fields of early childhood development and education, psychotherapy, curriculum development and inclusive practices (to name a few). 

Learn more about the wonderful work being done and about the people behind it all in their profiles below, with links to their current and past work.

Angie Rosati


Angie has a PhD in Education from York University and has been a Professor of Early Childhood Education for 15 years. Angie has been interested in the impact of the schooling experience on the developmental pathways of children for as long as she can remember. Angie writes policy papers and op-ed pieces for an array of educational organizations and regularly delivers keynotes, presentations, and workshops to early childhood educators and the early learning community at large on the topics of Self-Regulation, The Neurophysiological Roots of Behaviour, and Finding Our Calm. Angie is working toward the day when the science of self-regulation becomes an embodied aspect of education and is hopeful that when all children come to be viewed through a Self-Reg lens by the important people in their lives, they will be freed to experience the promise of their potential.

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Useful Links And References

  • Rosati, Angela Marie. “The Effects of a Self-Regulation Professional Learning Intervention on Early Childhood Educator Beliefs and Practices Regarding Child Behaviour, Relationships with Children, and Professional Stress.” N.p., 2020. Print.

Casey Burgess


Casey is a Registered Psychotherapist and DIR Floortime Practitioner in private practice with training in psychodynamic play therapy, neurobiological approaches to psychotherapy, emotion-focused therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy. Her research interests include self-regulation, early learning and kindergarten, autism, developmental disorders, and physiological measures of the stress response. Currently living in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, she is an adjunct faculty member at Algoma University (Psychology), Lake Superior State University (Education), and Sault College (Social Sciences), a Self-Reg Facilitator with The MEHRIT Centre, as well as the parent of two beautiful daughters and the partner of a very understanding man. Casey’s favourite self-reg activities include hiking in the forest, yoga (yin and suspension), reading, learning, and mindfulness meditation. 

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Useful Links And References

  • Burgess, C. (2019). From paper to practice: Understanding and embodiment of self-regulation in Ontario’s kindergarten classrooms. International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development, (1).




Marie Edwards


With more than 30 years of experience as an educator, Marie has worked in Canada and Australia across a diversity of teaching and leadership roles. Her interest in and practice of Self-Reg ignited in 2010 after hearing a keynote address by Dr. Shanker. This sparked a transformational shift in her work as a principal/teacher in British Columbia and personal growth as a parent. It also inspired further research through a Masters of Educational Leadership, investigating the impact of learning environments on students’ self-regulation. Marie continues to learn through the MEHRIT Centre Self-Reg courses having completed Foundations, Facilitators, Leadership, and Reframed courses. Now residing in Nova Scotia, Marie is a full-time Ph.D. candidate through the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research seeks to understand how teachers in a regional low socioeconomic school context develop and apply self-regulation knowledge and skills to support their management of stress.

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Sonia Mastrangelo


Sonia is an Associate Professor at Lakehead University Orillia in the Faculty of Education and the Graduate Program Coordinator, chief editor of the International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development and former special education teacher. She is also a certified Miller Method therapist-- a cognitive developmental approach to working with students on the autism spectrum. Sonia travels nationally and internationally, speaking with parents and teachers about autism spectrum disorders, self-regulation, the importance of play and developmentally appropriate practice and provides direct consultative support to educators and parents. She is currently working on several SSHRC funded research projects with the Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Center and Camphill Communities of Ontario. 

Meredith Lovell-Johnston


Meridith is an Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs and Research in Education at Lakehead University. Meridith's research and teaching interests lie in early literacy acquisition, reading pedagogy and assessment, and educational technology.

She is the Editor in Chief of Language and Literacy Journal. A former K-12 teacher in the Province of Alberta, Meridith came to Lakehead University's Orillia campus in 2015. She is currently working on a SSHRC funded research project with the Kwayaciiwin Education Research Center and formerly with the Simcoe County District School Board

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