MacART Trainee Spotlight – Linda Nguyen

MacART Trainee Spotlight – Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen

PhD candidate

School of Rehabilitation Science

Supervisor:  Dr. Jan Willem Gorter

  • Describe your autism research program.
    My research focuses on the role of siblings of youth with autism and other childhood disabilities during transition from pediatric to adult health care. I have also conducted research about peer mentorship programs for youth with autism during the transition to adulthood.
  • How does your work contribute to the MacART vision of “advancing autism care through meaningful research”?
    My research aims to better understand the experiences of siblings of youth with autism, including their roles and responsibilities, which can inform the planning of the transition of care journey for young people with autism and their families.
  • What inspires your program of research?
    My research journey has focused on enhancing family-centred services to support families of children with disabilities, and siblings are part of the family. I reflect on my experience of having an older sister who supported me when I faced challenges.
  • If you could change one thing in the way we train the next generation of autism experts, what would that be?
    To train the next generation of autism experts, collaboration with stakeholders is key. Stakeholders (e.g., siblings, families, researchers, clinicians, policymakers) can be involved in all research phases. All perspectives should be valued to work together in true partnership.
  • How can we improve our research efforts to advance autism care?
    To advance autism care, it is important to conduct meaningful research that can help change current practices. There should be a focus on knowledge translation and implementation activities to share our research that can be used by stakeholders, such as families and clinicians.
  • Describe yourself in three words. 
    Passionate, reflective, action-oriented.
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