Sara Jasim


Sara Jasim is a Ph.D. student at York university in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology Stream program. She has had experience working with children, adolescents and emerging adults in various contexts, including schools, hospitals, and private clinics. Prior to beginning graduate school, she conducted cognitive assessments with adolescents with various neurodevelopmental disorders, including Tics and Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and OCD.

Sara has clinical experience working with adolescents and emerging adults with various presenting issues, including perfectionism, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, persistent worries, and impulsive behaviors. She has provided cognitive-behavioral therapy to individuals, with a primary focus on emotion identification. Her approach to therapy follows a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach while integrating techniques from various other approaches including mindfulness and motivational interviewing, depending on each individual’s needs and goals.

Sara firmly holds the belief that therapy is a personalized journey, recognizing that a universal approach doesn’t apply to all. She will work collaboratively with clients to identify the specific skills needed to take control of their life. She strives to provide a secure, explorative, and accepting environment, free from judgment.  

Sara’s research pursuits are grounded in the biopsychosocial model of pain processing with the goal of exploring the distal variables that may influence an individual’s experience of pain. Beyond the realm of academia, Sara’s research touches her clinical practice in a profound way. She recognizes that life often presents us with uncontrollable challenges, yet she firmly believes in our capacity to acquire the tools needed to navigate these hardships and carve out a life that resonates with our aspirations and goals.

Outside of work and school, Sara enjoys baking, going to the gym, and traveling.

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Recent Publications

Jasim, S. & Perry, A. (2023). Repetitive and Restricted Behaviors and Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Relation to Individual Characteristics and Mental Health Problems. BMC Psychiatry

Pillai Riddell, R., Jasim, S., & Hamwi, L. (2022). Out of the Mouth of Babes: A Lot about Pain has Nothing to Do with Pain. Pain

Recent Presentations

Jasim, S. & Perry, A. (2022, May 11 – 14). Repetitive Behaviors and Restricted Interests in Relation to Psychopathology. International Society for Autism Research 2022 (INSAR).

Jasim, S., Stern, A., Flanders, D., Weiberg, E., Garfield, H., Savlov, D., & Pillai Riddell, R. (2023, May 10 – 12). Psychosocial Predictors of Parent Physiological Response to their Child in Pain [Poster Presentation]. Canadian Pain Society 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Banff, Alberta.