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Developmental Disabilities Clinical and Research Rounds 2019-2020

The Developmental Disabilities Program is pleased to continue our Clinical and Research Rounds for the 2019/20 academic year.  The speaker schedule is below.  

As always, these talks are held at CPRI (map available here), in the Crombie Building, 2nd floor, room 2-18, at 4pm.  These talks are streamed live as webinars.  The webinars are free, and specialists watching can earn CME credits through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  The webinar link will be available a few weeks before each talk here on our website, or by contacting Sarah O'Flanagan at sarah.oflanagan@lhsc.on.ca.  

 

Wednesday October 9, 2019                  Dr. Erin Heerey

is an Associate Professor at Western University in the Department of Psychology.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in Clinical Psychology.  She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, at the University of Maryland Medical School.  She subsequently became an Assistant Professor at Bangor University in Bangor Wales, before moving on to Western.  

Her research focuses on social interaction, decision-making, reward learning, and these concepts within clinical populations.

Dr. Heerey's talk will be available for viewing soon.

 

Wednesday November 13, 2019                    Dr. Tugce Balci

Dr. Tugce Balci joined the Department of Paediatrics and the Medical Genetics Program of Southwestern Ontario in 2018.  She is a Clinical Geneticist and Clinician Researcher, with a research focus on rare disease models and gene discovery.  

Dr. Balci completed her medical degree at Ankara University in the Faculty of Medicine in 2005 and her Medical Genetics residency training in 2009 at Baskent University, also in Ankara.  She then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in the Berman Zebrafish Lab at Dalhousie University, where she worked on zebrafish models of rare human diseases.

Dr. Balci completed her Canadian residency training at the University of Ottawa in 2018.  She is currently the London site lead for the newly installed Care4Rare SOLVE project.

She is building a research program (with a special interest in neurological conditions) focused on exploring new ways to diagnose children and adults with rare genetic conditions, finding new disease genes, interpreting gene variants and creating animal models in hopes of finding new avenues for personalized treatment.  

Dr. Balci's talk will be available for viewing soon.

 

Wednesday December 11, 2019             Dr. Madeline Burghardt

Dr. Burghardt (Ph.D.) is an associate professor in the Disability Studies Program at Kings University College here at Western.  She is the author of the book “Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability”.  Her talk focussed on the history of institutionalization in Ontario and Canada, and the subsequent landscape following de-institutionalization. 

Dr. Burghardt's talk will be available for viewing soon.  

 

January 8, 2020                Dr. Ruth Lanius. 

Dr. Lanius is a Psychiatrist in London.  She is a Professor of Psychiatry, and the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario.

She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders.

She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. 

Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies.  She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book ‘The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease’ with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.

Dr. Lanius' talk is entitled: "Complex Adaptations to Developmental Trauma: Overcoming Clincal Challenges".

To view this talk live as a webinar, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pWLC-2iMSf6QV7BhEJJC5g  

 

February 12, 2020                Dr. Tugce Balci, Dr. Simon Levine, and Dr. Rob Nicolson (tentative).

Dr. Balci is a Medical Geneticist in the Departmnet of Paediatrics at Western, Dr. Levine is a Paediatric Neurologist in the Department of Paediatrics at Western, and Dr. Nicolson is a Child Psychiatrist, and chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program at Western.  They are schedule to give a case presentation on a patient with Angelman Syndrome that all three have seen.  They will discuss the case from all three perspectives.

 

March 11, 2020                        Dr. Gail Teachman

Dr. Teachman (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western.  Her research focuses on the following:

  • Mediators of social inclusion and exclusion and effects for disabled children’s participation & inclusion
  • Moral experiences of disabled children and youth
  • Social, cultural and ethical dimensions of children’s rehabilitation
  • Communication impairment, augmentative & alternative communication, and the implications of dominant conceptions of ‘voice’
  • Critical perspectives in occupational therapy and occupational science
  • Qualitative methodologies informed by social theory, interdisciplinary studies of childhood ethics, and critical disability studies

For a list of Dr. Teachman's recent publications, please visit her google scholar profile here.  

 

April 8, 2020              Dr. Kenneth McRae 

Dr. McRae (Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology here at Western, and the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Social Science.  His research focus is on how people understand language.  He is scheduled to speak about how people understand languages, with a focus on clinical populations (DD population in this instance).  To read more about his research, please visit his research page here.  

 

May 13, 2020                      Dr. Jessie Wilson 

Dr. Wilson (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western.  Her research focuses on the following:

  • Occupational performance and engagement of children and youth with developmental disabilities
  • Supporting youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders transition into adulthood
  • The Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach

 

June 10, 2020       TBD

Developmental Disabilities Clinical and Research Rounds 2018-2019

The Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) showcased clinical and research innovation through our Developmental Disabilities (DD) Clinical and Research Rounds through the 2018/19 academic year.  . 

 

These talks were also all streamed live as webinars using zoom.    

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

Some of these talks are posted for viewing below.  

 

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.

18th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD

The Developmental Disabilities Program will host our 18th annual Spring CPD on Wednesday March 25, 2020 at the Windermere Manor.  This event will start with a complimentary lunch at 12pm, and the learning event will run from 1pm - 4pm.  

Register here for this event:

This year we are pleased to welcome the following speakers:

Dr. Pam Frid, MD.

In 1999 Dr. Frid became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Children's Hospital within the Provost Stream. In July 2003, she moved from the CPRI to a new position as Medical Director of the Thames Valley Children's Center. This is an important role in a fully affiliated London based academic child health agency.

Dr. Frid completed her MD degree at Queen's University in 1982. She then undertook paediatric residency training at the Children's Hospital within the McMaster system, completing residency training in paediatrics in 1986. Commencing in 1986, she undertook fellowship training in developmental paediatrics, remaining within the McMaster system. In 1988, Dr. Frid was appointed to the Department of Paediatrics within Queen's University at the rank of Lecturer at Queen's University in Kingston. Two years later she was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor.

While at Queen's Dr. Frid's role required her to provide leadership to a major regional mental health centre for children and adolescents, named the Beech Grove Children's Center. This multidisciplinary service included short and medium term residential programs that served five eastern Ontario counties. All major disciplines including child and adolescent psychiatry, paediatrics, psychology and other mental health rehabilitation staff were involved. Dr. Frid took on a new position as Professional Discipline leader at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in London. Upon her arrival, Dr. Frid assumed the role of Coordinator of the department's paediatric residency rotation at CPRI.

 

Dr. Clare Mitchell

Dr. Clare Mitchell is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University in London, Ontario. She is the Head of the Division of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics. Her main clinical duties are at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI). At CPRI she does consultation and assessments of children and adolescents with developmental delays and/or mental health problems as part of a multidisciplinary team. She has a particular interest in Tourette Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, assessment of children with social deficits and global health. Dr. Mitchell was part of the London Region Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic since its inception in 2012.

Dr. Mitchell is actively involved in medical education at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate level at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. She is the Director of Undergraduate Education within the Department of Paediatrics, has completed a term as Associate Program Director of the Paediatric Residency Training Program and Interim Curriculum Committee Chair. Dr. Mitchell is the Medical Director of Canada Guyana Outreach (CanGO) She has joined this interdisciplinary team on medical missions to Guyana annually since September 2014.

 

Dr. Ana Suller-Marti

Dr. Ana Suller Marti earned her medical degree at the ‘Universidad de Valencia’ in Spain in 2010. Subsequently, Dr. Suller Marti completed her neurology residency at ‘Hospital Lozano Blesa’ in Spain. She then completed a one-year fellowship specializing in headaches at ‘Hospital Clínico de Valencia’ in Spain. Dr. Suller Marti acquired her Master’s degree in Medical Research at the ‘Universidad de Zaragoza’ and continued to complete a PhD program.

Dr. Suller Marti has been at Western University since 2018 when she completed a two-year clinical fellowship and a one-year research fellowship specializing in Epilepsy. She is a member of the newly developed Transition Epilepsy Clinic team that helps to better organize the transition of the pediatric epileptic population to the adult world. Dr. Suller Marti is a member of the London and District Academy of Medicine, the Clinical Teachers Association, the Canadian League Against Epilepsy, Young Epilepsy Society-International League Against Epilepsy, American Epilepsy Society, Spanish Group of Epilepsy (Spanish Neurological Society) and American Academy of Neurology.

 

If you have an questions 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.  

17th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD

The Developmental Disabilities Program hosted the 17th annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD on Wednesday April 18, 2019, at the Windermere Manor.  

This year we were thrilled to welcome the following speakers:

Joan Gardiner, SLP.

Joan Gardiner has worked as a speech-language pathologist for eighteen years.  She has worked primarily in the Autism Spectrum Disorders service at CPRI as a member of an interdisciplinary clinical team.  Joan’s roles include assessment, consultation, collaboration, and capacity building, intending to help others to understand the importance of speech, language and social communication in the every day lives of children and adolescents with communication difficulties. 

Joan is also a lecturer in both the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, both at Western University. 

 

Mandy Harloff, SLP.  

Mandy has been a speech-language pathologist at CPRI for the previous 11 years. She has worked with multiple teams across the facility; she currently works with the Selective Mutism team and covers one of the residential units. She also has taken a special interest in mentoring graduate SLP students on placement at CPRI. Prior to this, Mandy worked for a local school board. Mandy received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders:  Speech-Language Pathology from Western University.

Mandy is also a lecturer in the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. 

 

Erin Jefferies, OT.  

Erin Jefferies is an experienced Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry as well as community care. Skilled in paediatrics, technology and adaptive equipment use, communication and time management. Strong healthcare services professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Occupational Therapy/Therapist from Western University.

 

Dr. Craig Ross, Ph.D. (Clin. Psychologist).

Dr. Ross is a clinical psychologist at CPRI.  He is currently assigned to two outpatient clnics, the Interdisciplinary Autism Servce Team and the Sexual Behaviour Team.  Common to both of these teams is his clinical interest in neurodevelopmental disorders.  Dr. Ross sees both children and adolescents in his clinical practice.  He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University.  

 

Dr. Mary Jenkins, MD.  

Dr. Jenkins received her MD and Neurology Residency at Western University. Following residency, Dr. Jenkins completed two years of fellowship training in Movement Disorders, the first year at Western University and the second year at the University of Rochester.  Dr. Jenkins is an Associate Professor at Western University. She joined the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences in 2004.

Dr. Jenkins specializes in both Adult and Pediatric Movement Disorders including Parkinson's disease, Tourette Syndrome and other movement disorder diseases.

Dr. Jenkins is also Program Director of the Neurology Residency Program.  

 

   

16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD

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.