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Catherine S Fichten

Catherine S Fichten
Dawson College and McGill University · Psychology and Psychiatry

Ph.D.

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January 1988 - present
McGill University
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We present eight studies dealing with artificial intelligence and mobile apps that assist post-secondary students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disabilities with their academic work. Study 1, based on an advisory board and on a Google search, provided glowing testimonials about AI tools. However, Study 2, a scoping...
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Virtually all North American two- and four-year colleges provide accommodations to their increasing numbers of students with disabilities. To explore technology and non-technology related accommodations for these students we surveyed 118 Canadian two- and four-year college students who self-reported at least one disability, including a mental healt...
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We conducted a general Google search and a scoping review of various types of artificial intelligence (AI) based technology – mobile, web-based, software, hardware – used by college and university students to do schoolwork. The main findings indicate that (1) there is no generally agreed upon definition of AI, and (2) there is a huge discrepancy be...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experts and individuals with ADHD have made many recommendations concerning mobile apps that could potentially help college students succeed. But do students know about these recommended apps? Do they find them useful? How do students use mobile apps for completing schoolwork? To answer these question...
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Covid-19 resulted in a pivot to remote teaching and learning in most North American colleges and universities. All of a sudden faculty expected students to use a variety of digital technologies. Here we report on the technologies post-secondary students had to use and on the problems experienced by students with and without disabilities (e.g., mobi...
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AI-based apps can facilitate learning for all post-secondary students and may also be useful for students with disabilities. Here we share some reflections from discussions that took place during two advisory board meetings on the use of such apps for students with disabilities at the post-secondary level.
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STUDY OBJECTIVES:In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, we address the following important questions: (1) How can patients be identified for possible obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) while sleep clinic testing is temporarily unavailable or limited? and (2) What measures can be suggested to improve sleep health until proper diagnosi...
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We compiled a comprehensive list of apps related to coping with academic work by post-secondary students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by examining 23 recent sources. Most of these were based on the opinion of single individuals, including persons with ADHD and experts. To discover relatively common apps, we summed the number...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine and critique current approaches of higher education (HE) community concerning stakeholder engagement in the development of information and communications technology (ICT) related accessibility practice. Design/methodology/approach The approach taken to this examination is to draw on presentations, pa...
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This chapter provides context for the issues discussed throughout the book to justify why the issue of students with disabilities using technology to support their studies in higher education continues to be both important and problematic. To do this, the chapter: (1) reviews current statistics regarding enrollment and success of students with disa...
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Introduction Most of the studies that evaluate risk of dangerous driving in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) examine the role of sleepiness. It is known that fatigue is also a very common complaint among drivers with OSA, however, fatigue and sleepiness are rarely examined separately when assessing risk for dangerous driving in this...
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In this preliminary investigation we examine the uses of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops for (a) non-academic and (b) academic purposes in the post-secondary classroom, as well as for (c) academic tasks outside the class by post-secondary students with disabilities. Integration of smartphones and other mobile devices into th...
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Background: The present investigation examines the role of daytime sleepiness and fatigue and how these relate to driving behaviors and risk assessment in people newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Methods: We recruited 47 individuals, (24 female, 23 male), between the ages of 25 and 71 (mean age = 51, SD = 11.28). Of those, 24 indi...
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The present study set out to explore effective teaching techniques using PowerPoint for post-secondary students with disabilities by comparing their views to those of students without disabilities. 284 Canadian post-secondary social science students, 75 of whom self-reported a disability, were surveyed about what aspects of PowerPoint use helps the...
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We explored students’ perspectives about their professors’ use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and compared these to the views of professors deemed by their students to be excellent in their use of ICTs. 311 students completed an online questionnaire and nominated up to three of their professors who used technology in a way tha...
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Introduction Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been linked to potentially dangerous driving among fatigued individuals. When OSA is diagnosed, the usual treatment offered is continuous positive airway treatment (CPAP). Adherence to CPAP treatment remains a challenge. Here, we explore what characteristics and behaviors at time of diagnosis are assoc...
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Introduction Difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep (DIMS) and complaints of insomnia are common among obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. However, the frequency of different types of DIMS (i.e., difficulty with sleep onset, waking after sleep onset, early awakening) experienced by those with untreated OSA and the impact of CPAP treatment...
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Introduction Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) common in older family medicine patients, yet hard to identify and even more challenging to treat. Little has been described about what happens to patients after a diagnosis is made and treatment is recommended. What determines which patients will adopt and persist with treatment? Methods Consecutive olde...
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This study’s goal was to compare aspects related to academic persistence of two groups of college students with non-visible disabilities: 110 Canadian two and four-year college students - 55 with mental health related disabilities and 55 with Specific Learning Disorder (LD). Results show that students with mental health related disabilities were le...
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Our goal was to explore the technology related pedagogical practices of college professors deemed by their students to be excellent in using technology in their teaching. We explored the views of 114 community/junior college professors who were nominated by their students as excellent in using technology in their teaching using both questionnaires...
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An increasing number of students with disabilities are attending higher education. These students might face various difficulties coping with academic skills and with learning methods compared to students without disabilities. Integrating information and communication technologies (ICTs) in academic studies may be effective and constructive for stu...
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Goals for the present study were to (a) describe the sleep of healthy new mothers over a 6-month postpartum period, (b) examine how sleep quality relates to daytime levels of fatigue and sleepiness, and (c) evaluate the relationship between mothers’ and infants’ sleep parameters. The sample consisted of 37 healthy, partnered, first-time mothers who...
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Introduction Family physicians are under-referring patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to sleep medicine specialists for diagnosis and treatment, a phenomenon particularly acute in women. Because recruited women have been found to have a surprisingly high OSA diagnosis rate of substantial severity, the present study examines predictors of c...
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Introduction We investigated maternal and infant sleep during in the post-partum period, and examined the relationships between maternal and infant sleep patterns. Methods Participants were 5 primiparous mothers and their infants. Mothers were recruited from the postpartum unit at the Jewish General Hospital. Only mothers who had a singleton, heal...
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Introduction Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is difficult to identify, and studies suggest that patients are under-referred for screening from primary care. Here we look at what happens when consecutive family medicine patients are offered sleep apnea assessment: What symptoms seem to guide patients to pursue assessment? How many unrecognized cases c...
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Untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has numerous negative health-related consequences. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is generally considered the treatment of choice for OSA, but rates of nonadherence are high. It is believed that OSA is more prevalent among men; therefore understanding how OSA presents among women is limited and tr...
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Purpose.: The purpose of this study was to examine the sleep characteristics, metabolic syndrome disease and likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea in a sample of older, family medicine patients previously unsuspected for sleep apnea. Methods.: A total of 295 participants, minimum age 45, 58.7% women, were recruited from two family medicine clini...
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Excessive daytime sleepiness and reduced cognitive funcitioning secondary to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been identified as an important health-related risk in commercial transportation with, possibly, an increased chance of road accidents. This has resulted in a variety of policies and restrictions imposed on commercial drivers. Here we rev...
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Aim: The aim of this study was to explore how shopping malls could be used during rehabilitation and to identify the facilitators and barriers to their use. Method: Two focus groups, conducted with 15 rehabilitation professionals from various disciplines and working with people with disabilities of all ages were structured around two topics: (i) Th...
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We examined sensitivity and specificity when using the three theory of planned behavior (TPB) scales (Perceived Behavioral Control, Subjective Norms, Attitude) to predict graduation and drop-out in a longitudinal study of 252 college and university students with disabilities and in a separate cross-sectional study of a random sample of 1380 junior/...
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Objective: To examine similarities and differences among college/university students with ADHD, LD, and comorbid ADHD and LD on variables related to academic performance. Method: Students who self-reported ADHD (n=42), LD (n=72), or comorbid ADHD and LD (n=42), completed an online questionnaire which evaluated grades, parental education, course and...
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We have examined the sustainability of providing services for students with disabilities in higher education in Canada and Israel. The two countries differ in their approaches: Israel subscribes to the accommodations model of service delivery; Canada, to the universal design approach. Case examples of services to students with disabilities in Canad...
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We tested the ability of Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) model to predict intention to graduate among Canadian and Israeli students with and without a learning disability / attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD). Results based on 1486 postsecondary students show that the model’s predictors (i.e., attitude, subjective norms, per...
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The purpose of this investigation was to explore predictors and correlates of grades and intention to graduate among junior/community college and university students with visual impairments in Canada, and to compare students with low vision to students who are blind on variables related to academic success. In all, 66 junior/community college and u...
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Sleep quality is a construct often measured, employed as an outcome criterion for therapeutic success, but never defined. In two studies we examined appraised good and poor sleep quality in three groups: a control group, individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, and those with insomnia disorder. In Study 1 we used qualitative methodology to examine...
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The aims of this study were to examine the presence, type, and severity of insomnia complaints in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients and to assess the utility of the Sleep Symptom Checklist (SSC) for case identification in primary care. Participants were 88 OSA patients, 57 cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) patients, and 14 heal...
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The goal of the current descriptive and comparative study is to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the employment realities of recent junior/community college and university graduates and premature leavers (i.e., those who drop out before completing their program of study) with disabilities. We investigate the following research question...
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The goal of this research was to develop a model to predict which students with disabilities will drop out before graduation and to investigate the drop out pattern of students with disabilities. To accomplish this we evaluated potential predictors of persistence and drop-out among 611 college and university students with various disabilities and d...
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Les personnes handicapées rencontrent des défis dans la réalisation de leurs activités quotidiennes comme les déplacements ou la communication, et de leurs rôles sociaux. La participation sociale suppose que les personnes handicapées interagissent et vivent au sein de leur communauté. Les centres commerciaux sont des espaces publics utilisés par di...
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We translated and report on the psychometric properties of English and French versions of two reading difficulties screening tools for junior/community college students. We administered the Adult Reading History Questionnaire-Revised (ARHQ-R) (Parrila, Georgiou, & Corkett, 2007) to 1889 students enrolled in compulsory language courses in English an...
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Introduction Screening of obstructive sleep apnea in primary care settings is challenging for the family doctor, given the wide variety of patients’ symptom complaints. We developed the Sleep Symptoms Checklist (SSC), which groups common complaints into four subscales: Insomnia, Daytime Distress, Sleep Disorder, and Psychological Distress. In the p...
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Introduction New mothers commonly experience sleep deprivation and sleep fragmentation. Normally, in other populations, such sleep disruption has been associated with decreased perceived sleep quality, daytime fatigue, and sleepiness. But is this necessarily the case in the population of first-time mothers? In order to examine the “pure” effect of...
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We derived descriptive characteristics related to habitual sleep duration and insomnia for individuals newly diagnosed with sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome and evaluated how sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome, insomnia, depression, and sleep duration relate to sleepiness and fatigue. In total, 100 participants were divided into three sleep groups: short (...
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Les centres commerciaux sont des endroits utilisés pour différentes raisons, fréquentés par des personnes de tous genres et où les diverses composantes de l’environnement social (p.ex. l’attitude des gens) ou physique (ex. l’accès) ont un impact direct sur la participation sociale des personnes ayant des incapacités. Le but de cette étude était de...
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We interviewed 58 experts (30 in French, 28 in English) about potentially useful information and communication technologies (ICTs) for Québec college students with a learning disability (LD) and evaluated whether college students with an LD (n = 74), in fact, used these. We also compared ICT use, learning opportunities, and attitudes among three gr...
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Purpose: To explore variables related to how well the information and communication technologies (ICTs) related needs of students with different disabilities are being met on campus at institutions of higher education, at home and in e-learning contexts. We also explore the disciplines and programmes pursued by students with different disabilities...
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Inclusion of people with disabilities in the new knowledge-based society can be facilitated by universal design of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This will be a first step in providing the tools to reduce poverty and enhance human rights. Here, we present highlights of the Adaptech Research Network's ten-year corpus of empirical...
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We present the findings from two Canada-wide studies involving post-secondary students who self-identified as either being totally blind (n = 29) or having low vision (n = 143). The first study examined the ICTs used by students and how adequately these met their on- and off-campus needs, and the second study explored the accessibility of eLearning...
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The objective was to compare employment status of junior/community college graduates with and without disabilities. We compared post-graduation outcomes of 182 graduates with and 1304 without disabilities from career/technical and pre-university programs from three junior/community colleges. Findings for graduates who had registered for disability...