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Developmental Disabilities Clinical and Research Rounds 2018-2019

The Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) is pleased to announce the speaker schedule for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Learning objectives and titles for each talk will be amended as we move through the academic year.  

You can view the speaker schedule below. 

*All presentations are at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), 600 Sanitorium Road, London Ontario.  They are all at 4pm, in the Crombie Building, room 2-18.  Parking is free at CPRI.  A map to CPRI is available here.  

These talks are also all streamed live as webinars using zoom.  Web links for each talk will be posted and circulated in the weeks preceeding each talk.  

These rounds are accredited through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as through the Canadian Psychological Association, and all attendees receive a certificate after each talk.  

 

Wednesday October 10, 2018.                     Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude.

Dr. Johnsrude obtained a BSc from Queen's University and a PhD in clinical psychology (neuropsychology) from McGill University in 1997.  Following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at University College London (UK), she was recruited to the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge (UK).  In 2004 she returned to Queen's University where she was appointed Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Cognitive Neuroscience and established the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication and Hearing (CoNCH) lab.  She and her lab moved to Western University in 2014, where she is now Western Research Chair and full professor.  Dr. Johnsrude and her trainees use behavioural and neuroimaging methods to study the processes by which sound is transformed in the brain into meaningful language, in both young and older individuals.  

Visit www.conchlab.ca for more information.

 

Dr. Johnsrude's talk can ve viewed here.

 

 

Wednesday November 14, 2018.                   Joan Gardiner and Mandy Harloff

Ms. Joan Gardiner has worked as a speech-language pathologist with the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Clinic at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) for the past 18 years.  In her role, she works as part of an interdisciplinary clinical team to provide services including diagnostic assessments, functional assessments of communication, and problem solving about the interplay between communication and behaviour.  Prior to beginning at CPRI, Ms. Gardiner earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Brock University and her Masters of Clinical Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western University.  Ms.Gardiner is also a faculty member in the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

Ms. Mandy Harloff has worked as a speech-language pathologist at CPRI for 11 years.  She has contributed her expertise to various teams across the facility, but currently works with the ASD Clinic, Selective Mutism Clinic, Brake Shop and General Clinical Services Teams.  She completed her Undergraduate Degree in Health Sciences. She earned her Master of Clinical Sciences in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology at Western University.  Ms. Harloff also mentors Speech-Language Pathology Students at CPRI.

*Please note  -  due to patient identifying information, this presentation will not be available for viewing.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at ddp@uwo.ca  

 

 

Wednesday December 12, 2018.                     Dr. Emma Duerden

Dr. Duerden completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University and later trained at the Montreal Neurological Institute for her Master's degree.  She then pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Montreal.  Her postdoctoral work was conducted at SickKids and focused on Paediatric pain and brain development in children born preterm and those with autism spectrum disorder.  

Dr. Duerden's talk was be entitled: "Early Adversity and the Association with Altered Brain Development and Functional Outcomes in Children Born Very Preterm".

 

 

 

Wednesday January 9, 2019.                             Dr. Jeff St. Pierre

Dr. St. Pierre completed his B.Sc. at McMaster University and his Ph.D. at Western University. For the past 19 years he has taught part time at Western. Dr. St. Pierre is currently an adjunct clinical faculty member in both the departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Western University. Dr. St. Pierre has been the Lead Psychologist at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) for 16 years, and serves as site lead for the largest accredited doctoral clinical psychology internship in Canada. At CPRI, he created the Selective Mutism Consultation Service in 2006 (http://www.cpri.ca/families/programs-services/selective-mutism/about-us/), and currently he also serves on the Brake Shop (www.leakybrakes.ca), outpatient mental health and dual diagnosis teams, Complex Special Needs reviews, and chairs the Research Ethics Review Committee.

 

*Please note  -  due to patient identifying information, this presentation will not be available for viewing.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at ddp@uwo.ca  

 

 

Wednesday February 13, 2019.                        Dr. Laura Brunton

Dr. Brunton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University.  She earned her bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at Brock University, and completed her MSc, MPT, as well as her PhD at Western University.  Her research interests include physical activity, pain, fatigue and sleep in children with cerebral palsy as well as promoting self-management in cerebral palsy.  Dr. Brunton is currently the chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Paediatric Division.  

Due to the nature of the data presented (unpublished thusfar), Dr. Brunton's talk will not be available for viewing.

 

 

Wednesday March 20, 2019.                              Dr. Rob Nicolson

Dr. Nicolson is the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and a member of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.  He is a Clinician-Scientist, and his clinical practice focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Due to potential patient identifiers, Dr. Nicolson's talk will not be posted for viewing.

 

 

Wednesday April 17, 2019.                                  No session

In lieu of a talk for our DD Clinical and Research Rounds in April 2019, the Developmental Disabilities Program hosted their 17th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD.

This year we were pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Jenkins, MD., Joan Gardiner, SLP., Mandy Harloff, SLP., Erin Jefferies, OT., & Dr. Craig Ross, PhD. (Clin. Psychologist).  

The event was held on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at the Windermere Manor from 12pm - 4:30pm. 

 

 

Wednesday May 8, 2019.                                       Dr. Jennifer McLean

Dr. Jennifer McLean is a faculty member in the Departments of Paediatrics and Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and her clinical practice as a Developmental Paediatrician is at the Child and Parent Resource Institute.  

 

 

Wednesday June 12, 2019                                    Joshua Patenaude

Mr. Patenaude is a PhD candidate at Western University.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in Biology and Psychology.  He went on to earn his Master's degree at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas, in Psychology.  Joshua will present his findings from a study funded by the DDP.

17th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD

The Developmental Disabilities Program hosted their 17th annual Spring CPD on Wednesday April 17, 2019.

This year we were pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Jenkins, MD., Joan Gardiner, SLP., Mandy Harloff, SLP., Erin Jefferies, OT., & Dr. Craig Ross, PhD. (Clin. Psychologist).  

If you have an quesitons about this event, please contact Sarah O'Flanagan at sarah.oflanagan@lhsc.on.ca.  

Developmental Disabilities Clinical and Research Rounds 2017-2018

The Developmental Disabilities Program hosts a series of Clinical/Basic Science Rounds on the second Wednesday of every month, from 4pm-5pm at the Child and Parent Resource Institute.  

These rounds are meant to fill the gap between bedside care and basic science, specifically in the population with developmental disabilities, across the lifespan. 

There is no cost to attend these rounds, and are meant to speak to an inter-disciplinary audience.  If you cannot attend these talks in person, they are also offered as live webinars, and are recorded for viewing here on our website after the fact.

The Child and Parent Resource Institute is located at 600 Sanitorium Road.  Parking is free.  The talks are held in the Crombie Building, room 2-18.  A map to the location can be found by clicking here.

If you are interested in receiving emails about these talks, please contact Sarah O'Flanagan at sarah.oflanagan@lhsc.on.ca  

 

Rounds for the 2017/2018 academic year are complete.  The schedule and videos for most sessions is outlined below:

 

Wednesday October 11, 2017.                   Dr. Jennifer McLean

Dr. Jennifer McLean is a faculty member in the Departments of Paediatrics and Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and her clinical practice as a Developmental Paediatrician is at the Child and Parent Resource Institute.   Dr. McLean has published extensively on Developmental Coordination Disorder, and spoke about DCD in her October 11 talk. 

The slides and audio for Dr. McLean's presentation are available for viewing:

  

Wednesday November 8, 2017.                Dr. Caitlin Cassidy. 

Dr. Cassidy is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Paediatrics at Western University.  Dr. Cassidy’s main clinical focus is in the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program, housed primarily at Parkwood Institute.  The program provides long term rehabilitative care to people with chronic and sometimes complex conditions of childhood onset, including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and others.  Dr. Cassidy’s other clinical responsibilities include regular electrodiagnostic clinics at St. Joseph’s Health Care, specialty teen clinics at Thames Valley Children’s Centre, and inpatient coverage of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation unit at Parkwood Institute. 

 The slides and audio for Dr. Cassidy's presentation are available for viewing:

 

Wednesday December 13, 2017.              Dr. Rob Nicolson and Ms. Joan Gardiner

Dr. Nicolson is the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and a member of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.  He is a Clinician-Scientist, and his clinical practice at both the Child and Parent Resource Institute and Victoria Hospital focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ms. Joan Gardiner is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Child and Parent Resource Institute, a faculty member in the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and a lecturer in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Western University. 

The December talk is entitled;  “Thought, Language, Autism, and Psychosis”.

The slides and audio for this presentation are available for viewing:

 

  

Wednesday January 10, 2018.                    Dr. Lisa Archibald

Dr. Lisa Archibald is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Western University.  Her research interests focus on the interaction between language and memory in typical and atypical development and the role of memory in communication disorders. 

 The slides and audio for this presentation are available for viewing:

 Wednesday February 14, 2018.                 Dr. Bruce Morton

Dr. Morton is a Professor in Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and is also a faculty member of the Graduate Programme in Neuroscience, and a member of the Centre for Brain and Mind.   Dr. Morton’s research interests concern the development of cognitive control and its association with changes in prefrontal cortex function.

Dr. Morton's presentation can be viewed here:

  

Wednesday March 21, 2018.                       Dr. Susanne Schmid

Dr. Schmid is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Western University.  Her research focuses on finding out how the mammalian brain processes sensory information in order to generate the appropriate behavioural response.  Her research also looks at habituation; a form of sensory filtering and an essential form of implicit learning, and at prepulse inhibition; our startle responses are inhibited by a preceding non-startling stimulus, considered to represent an ubiquitous sensory filter mechanism our brain that protects the processing of sensory stimuli.  An impairment of PPI is one of the major symptoms in schizophrenia and other neurological disorders.  She explores neurotransmitters, receptors and second messenger pathways that mediate PPI in rodents. 

 

Dr. Schmid's presentation can be viewed here:

 

Wednesday April 11, 2018.                          Ms. Sarah O'Flanagan

Sarah O'Flanagan is the Program Coordinator of the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The mandate of the Program (DDP) is to provide clinical education to medical students, residents, physicians and other health care providers, as well as to facilitate and produce scholarly research on developmental disabilities.  The DDP is currently involved in a number of research studies investigating what Psychiatry Residents are taught specific to developmental disabilities through their residency across Canada.

 

 Wednesday May 9, 2018.                             Dr. Marc Joanisse

Dr. Joanisse is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University, and the Associate Chair, Graduate Affairs.  His research focuses on language acquisition, language processing, and connectionist models.  He is primarily interested in how children acquire their first language, and how language is represented in the brain. This includes work on developmental disorders of language and reading, such as specific language impairment (SLI) and dyslexia.  He is also involved in research using brain imaging techniques such as functional MRI to better understand the brain bases of speech perception, reading and grammatical morphology. This research includes using connectionist models to derive predictions for behavioural and imaging studies, and using these models to better understand how general constraints on articulation, perception and statistical learning influence how humans learn and process language.

Dr. Joanisse's presentation can be viewed here:

 

Wednesday June 13, 2018.                          Dr. Sohail Makhdoom.

Dr. Makhdoom is a Child Psychiatrist at the Child and Parent Resource Institute and an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. 

Dr. Makhdoom gave a complex case presentation at our last session of the 2017-2018 academic year.  Due to patient confidentiality concerns, this case will unfortunately be available for viewing.    

 

Developmental Disabilities Clinical and Research Rounds 2016-2017

Our final presentation of the 2016/2017 academic year was held on Wednesday June 14, 2017. It featured a presentation by Dr. Russell Schachar.   

Russell Schachar is a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and senior scientist in the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. After graduating from medical school at the University of Toronto, he completed his residency in psychiatry at McMaster University after which he took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, under the supervision of Professor Sir Michael Rutter. Returning to the Hospital for Sick Children, he established a clinical-research programme in neuropsychiatry specializing in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

 

Dr. Ryan Stevenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University presented in December 2016. 

You can view December's session below.

You can view November's session below.  

You can view September's session below.  

16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD  Wednesday April 18, 2018

The Developmental Disabilities Program hosted the 16th annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD on Wednesday April 18, 2018, at the Windermere Manor.  

This year we welcomed the following speakers;

Dr. Joyce So

Dr. Joyce So is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  Her research interests are Identification and characterization of rare genetic variants in psychiatric populations.  Dr. So spoke about rare genetic conditions, and when health care providers should send their patients with developmental disabilities for genetic testing.  

 

Dr. Nicole Neil

Dr. Nicole Neil is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, and holds a cross appointment to the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.  Dr. Neil is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and she is the Coordinator of the MPED in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Her research interests are Applied behavior analytic interventions for individuals with Down syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome, Assessment and treatment of comorbid mental health diagnoses for individuals with developmental disabilities, optimizing intervention intensity in behavior-analytic instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities, and social skills and support programs for children with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Neil spoke about behavior interventions that primary and other health care providers can suggest and/or provide for their patients with developmental disabilities.

 

Dr. Rob Nicolson

Dr. Rob Nicolson is the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.  He is a Child Psychiatrist at the Child and Parent Resource Institute, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.  He is also a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. 

Dr. Nicolson spoke about pharmaceutical options for behavior intervention in individuals with developmental disabilities.  

 

   

15th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD

The Developmental Disabilities Program hosted the 15th Annual Spring CPD on March 29, 2017 at the Windermere Manor.  

This year we welcomed Dr. Amer Burhan (Associate Professor and Chair - Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University), Dr. Michael Mak (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,  Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University) and Louis Busch, (BST, M. Ed., BCaBA. Behavioural Therapist, Forensic Rehabilitation Unit D, Complex Care & Recovery Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  President, Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis,  Coordinator, Ontario Behaviour Analytic Community of Practice), to speak about Developmental Disabilities in the aging population, sleep disorders in the developmentally disabled population, and behaviour analysis for severe Pica (respectively).

The slides for these presentations can be viewed below.

Dr. Amer Burhan; Slides.

 

Dr. Michael Mak; Slides.  

 

Louis Busch.  Mr. Busch has recently published a paper in the journal "Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders" that focuses on this presentation.  You can read that article here; https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs41252-018-0053-9.pdf 

14th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD

The 14th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD was held on April 13, 2016.  This year we welcomed;

1. Heather Bailey - Occupational Therapist, who spoke about sensory issues in people with developmental disabilities.  View Heather's entire presentation below.

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2.  Joan Gardiner - Speech Language Therapist, who spoke about communication disorders in people with developmental disabilties.

View Joan's entire presentation below.  

3.  Stephanie Gratton from Developmental Services Ontario, who spoke about navigating the DSO system.

View Stephanie's entire presentation below.