MacART Trainee Spotlight – Stephen Gentles

MacART Trainee Spotlight – Stephen Gentles

Stephen Gentles

Lawson Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences

Supervisor:  Dr. Stelios Georgiades


  • Describe your autism research program.
    My research involves exploring caregiver perspectives of pediatric care, and developing tools that support family needs within autism clinical services.
  • How does your work contribute to the MacART vision of “advancing autism care through meaningful research”?
    Given the growing emphasis on family-centred care, caregiver perspectives are an increasingly important part of autism care. My research is aimed at promoting caregiver perspectives, and giving providers tools to support caregivers’ important roles in care.
  • Why do you think your research is interesting?
    My early interest in consumer use of health information later expanded to an awareness of the need to support consumers engaging in and navigating care—and families affected by autism are, to me, one of the most urgent examples of this need.
  • If you could change one thing in the way we train the next generation of autism experts, what would that be?
    If I could change one thing in how we train future autism experts, it would be to promote more systematic use of theory and evaluation of developing training programs, so that choices about the ingredients of such programs are evidence-informed.
  • How can we improve our research efforts to advance autism care?
    I think it makes sense to 1) promote methods that account for and produce meaningful knowledge from heterogeneity and individual-level data; and 2) support implementation approaches that translate such knowledge to flexible individualized care.
  • Describe yourself in three words. 
    Methodologically-minded, qualitatively-curious, physically-active.


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