Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice

Clinical practice refers to the activities carried out in a medical setting with practitioners’ patients. Some of these are based on guidelines that specify how diagnosis and treatment should be carried out in a particular condition. Clear and strict guidelines around Autism diagnosis ensures that the proper support and care needs of Autistic individuals are provided.

Karen Margallo

Karen Margallo is the Director for Child & Youth Ambulatory Services at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences and Site Administrator for the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. She is responsible for the majority of pediatric medicine/surgical clinics located at the McMaster University Medical Centre site. Within the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, her portfolio

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Dr. Elisabetta Trinari

Dr. Elisabetta Trinari is a Developmental Pediatrician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, at McMaster University. She holds a master’s in Health Research Methodology and her clinical and research interests are evidence synthesis and clinical trials in autism, patients with dual diagnosis, and neurogenetic syndromes associated with developmental disabilities.

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Dr. Rebecca Shine

Dr. Rebecca Shine is a Clinical Psychologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital’s Autism Program. Her clinical and research interests include the mental health of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, program development and evaluation, and treatment outcomes.

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Holly Augerman

Holly Augerman is the Director of Child and Youth Mental Health and Autism Services at McMaster Children’s Hospital. She is interested in evidence based supports for autism and engagement with families and those with lived experience to inform the development of policy and programs.

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Dr. Olivia Ng

Dr. Olivia Ng is the Clinical Director of the Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Her clinical and research interests are in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodevelopmental differences (including Autistic children), program evaluation and

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Alina Kislenko

Alina Kislenko is an Autistic psychotherapist who runs The ADHD & Spectrum Centres in Guelph and Ottawa (with an all-neurodivergent practitioner team). She is also an Assistant Clinical Adjunct Professor at Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Alina’s special interests are ADHD, Autism, Giftedness, and Psychopathy. 

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Dr. Julia Frei

Dr. Julia Frei is a Developmental Pediatrician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University.  Her clinical and research interests include dual diagnosis and disadvantaged populations. She is the Site Qualified Investigator for an international multi-site randomized controlled trial of Arbaclofen as part of a support and care plan for Autistic persons.

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Lorraine Hoult

Lorraine Hoult is a Clinical Psychometrist at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in the Autism Program.  Her clinical and research interests include genetics of autism, predictors of treatment response and outcome, risks of premature birth, provincial and federal policies, autism program development and evaluation.

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Dr. Mohammad Zubairi

Dr. Mohammad Zubairi is a Developmental Pediatrician & Assistant Professor at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre at McMaster University. His primary area of clinical work is with Autistic children and youth. His research focus is on understanding how elements related to a patient’s cultural context are incorporated into clinical reasoning within health professionals’ education, and how

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Dr. Irene Drmic

Dr. Irene Drmic is a Psychologist at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in the Autism Program and Child and Youth Mental Health Program. Her clinical and research interests include mental health in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, phenotypic and genetic overlap of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, predictors of treatment response and outcome, and program development

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