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About Us Researchers

ASD-CARC is a group of more than 60 researchers, clinicians and families from across Canada and the US working together in order to better understand ASDs. Our research is headed by Dr. Suzanne Lewis at UBC and Dr. Xudong Liu at Queen's University, with regional teams in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and New York, and collaborators in many other locations as well.


Ontario Regional Team

Regional Team Leader:

  • Xudong Liu, PhD (Co-Director, ASD-CARC; Molecular Genetics; Clinical & Behavioural Phenotyping; Research Registry)

Team Members in Kingston/Ottawa:

  • Judith Allanson, MD (Dysmorphology)(CHEO)
  • Hymie Anisman, PhD (Neurochemistry)(Carleton Univesity)
  • Helen Coo (Epidemiology)(Queen's University)
  • Melissa Hudson, BSc (ASD-CARC Website & Research Registry) (Queen's University)
  • Kim Matheson, PhD (Carleton University)
  • Bruce McCreary, MD (Clinical Phenotyping) (Queen's University)
  • Erin McIlmoyle (Research Technologist)(Queen's University)
  • Jennifer McKenzie, MD (Dysmorphology; Genetics) (Queen's University)
  • Jeff Mielke, PhD (Linguistics)(University of Ottawa)
  • Roumen Milev, MD, PhD, FRCPsych, FRCPC (Psychiatry, Queen's University)
  • Patricia Minnes, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping) (Queen's University)
  • Kevin Munhall, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping; Multi-Modal Communication) (Queen's University)
  • Doug Munoz, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping; Eye-Tracking) (Queen's University)
  • Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz, MSc, RN (Epidemiology)(Queen's University)
  • Kevin Parker, PhD (Statistics) (Queen's University)
  • Mark Sabbagh, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping; ERPs; Theory of Mind) (Queen's University)
  • Garth Smith, MD (Clinical Phenotyping) (Queen's University, Hotel Dieu Hospital)
  • Jessica Ward-King, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping; EEG)(Royal Miliary College of Canada)
  • Jennifer Zhang, BSc candidate (Undergraduate Lab Student)(Queen's University)

Team members in the Toronto Area:

  • James Bebko, PhD (Clinical and Behavioural Phenotyping)(York University)
  • Elspeth Bradley, PhD MBBS FRCPsych FRCPC (University of Toronto, Surrey Place Centre)
  • Sandra Farrell, MD (Dysmorphology, Genetics)(Credit Valley Hospital)
  • Cynthia Forster-Gibson, MD, PhD (3D facial scanning, Dysmorphology, Genetics)
  • Adrienne Perry, PhD (Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention) (York University)
  • Margaret Spoelstra (Executive Director of Autism Ontario)
  • Kevin Stoddart, MSW, PhD, RSW (Director, The Redpath Centre)
  • John Vincent, PhD (CAMH, University of Toronto)
  • Jonathan Weiss, PhD, C.Psych (York University)

Team Member in St. Catharines:

  • Maurice Feldman, PhD (Clinical & Behavioural Phenotyping; Prospective Study)(Brock University)

Team Member in London:

  • Derrick MacFabe, MD (The Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group)(University of Western Ontario)

Team Member in Peterborough:

  • Laura Summerfeldt, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)(Trent University)


British Columbia (Vancouver) Regional Team

Regional Team Leader:

  • Suzanne Lewis, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG (Co-Director, ASD-CARC; Clinical Phenotyping, Genetics, Epidemiology)(University of British Columbia)

Team Members:

  • Kristina Calli, BSc (Research Coordinator)(University of British Columbia)
  • Prescilla Carrion, MSc, CGC, CCGC (Research Genetic Counsellor)(University of British Columbia)
  • Rebecca Choi (Research Assistant)(University of British Columbia)
  • Mary Connolly, MD (Neurology)(University of British Columbia)
  • Jila Dastan, MD (Post doctoral Fellow)(University of British Columbia)
  • Parisa Golahmadinia (Health Information Management Practicum Student)(University of British Columbia)
  • Thomas Grigliatti, PhD (Proteomics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Jeanette Hildebrand, RN, MSc, CGC, CCGC - Research Genetic Counsellor (University of British Columbia)
  • Monica Hrynchak, MD (Cytogenetics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Levina Kasmara (Research Assistant)(University of British Columbia)
  • Susan Koh (Undergraduate Student Volunteer)(University of British Columbia)
  • Boris Kuzeljevic (Biostatistician)(University of British Columbia)
  • Elena Lopez, MD (Clinical Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Elizabeth Mickelson, MD (Developmental Pediatrics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Ying Qiao, PhD (CNV Analysis)(University of British Columbia)
  • Paul Pavlidis, PhD (Bioinformatics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Evica Rajcan-Separovic, PhD, FCCMG (Cytogenetics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Pratibha Reebye, MB, BS, DPM (Leeds). MRCPsych (UK), FRCPC (Child Psychiatry)(University of British Columbia)
  • Sanja Rogic, PhD  (Bioinformatics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Fatima Solehdin, MD (Pediatrics and Human Genetics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Christine Tyson, PhD (Cytogenetics)(University of British Columbia)
  • Hilary Vallance, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG (Biochemical Genetics and Pathology)(University of British Columbia)
  • Peter Wang (BC Clinical Genomics Network Undergraduate Trainee)(University of British Columbia)
  • Steve Wellington, MD, PhD (Developmental Pediatrics, Health Epidemiology)(University of British Columbia)
  • Ian Wong (Undergraduate Student Volunteer)(University of British Columbia)
  • Zach Zong (Undergraduate Student Volunteer)(University of British Columbia)


Alberta (Calgary) Regional Team

Regional Team Co-Leaders:

  • Francois Bernier, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG (Epidemiology)(University of Calgary)
  • Deborah Dewey, PhD (Epidemiology)(Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute)

Team Members:

  • Bernadette Benson (Alberta Project Coordinator)
  • Andy Greenshaw, PhD (Biochemical Genetics)
  • Suzanne Hala, PhD (Behavioural Phenotyping)
  • Adam McCrimmon, PhD (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education)(University of Calgary)


Manitoba (Winnipeg) Regional Team

Regional Team Co-Leaders:

  • Albert E. Chudley, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG - Co-Team Leader (Children's Hospital & University of Manitoba)
  • Dickie C.T. Yu, PhD - Co-Team Leader (St. Amant Centre & University of Manitoba)

Research Staff:

  • Jane Bow, PhD - Clinical Health Psychology, HSC Autism Service, Health Sciences Centre & U of Manitoba
  • Eleanor Chornoboy, BA, MSc - Director, Interdepartmental Initiatives, Children's Programs, Government of Manitoba
  • Angela Cornick, PhD, CPsych – Director ABA Program & Psychological Services, St. Amant Centre
  • Alison Elliott, PhD, CGC - Genetic Counsellor - University of Manitoba Community Partners
  • Sally Longstaffe, MD, FRCPC - Director, Child Development Clinic, HSC
  • Sandra McKay – President, Autism Society Manitoba
  • Janine Montgomery, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
  • Maureen Penko, MSc, SLP(C) CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist, Pembina Trails School Division
  • Quinn Senkow - Project Coordinator  (University of Manitoba)
  • Shahin Shooshtari, PhD -Assistant Professor, Department of Family Social Sciences, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Beverley Temple, BScN, MN, PhD - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba; Research Associate, St. Amant Centre

New York Regional Team

Regional Team Leader:

  • Ira Cohen, PhD (Clinical & Behavioural Phenotyping)(NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island)

Team Members:

  • Ted Brown, MD, PhD (Molecular Genetics) (NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island)
  • Shoda Gonzalez, MD (NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island)
  • Edmund Jenkins, PhD (Cytogenetics)(NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island)
  • John A. Tsiouris, MD (NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island)

Other Collaborators

  • Margaret Bauman, MD (Lurie Center for Autism; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA)
  • Avi Chaudhuri, PhD (McGill University)
  • Susan Connors, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA)
  • Cheryl Dissanayake (Latrobe University, Australia)
  • Sultana Faradz, PhD (Diponegoro University, Indonesia)
  • Nathalie Garcin, PhD (Myriam Foundation, Gold Centre, Montreal, QC)
  • Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, PhD (Clinical & Behavioural Phenotyping; Language Development)(Dalhousie University, Halifax,  NS)
  • Anthony Persico (Campus Biomedico (Italy)
  • Guy Rouleau, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)(University of Montreal, Montreal, QC)
  • Kimberley Schreck, Phd (Penn State Harrisburg, PA)
  • Jenny Torr, MBBS, Mmed (Monash University, Australia)