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.
Clinical research determines whether or not medications, devices, or diagnostic methods are effective and safe for humans. This includes research being carried out by MacART members who are testing medications that can be part of a care and support plan for some Autistic persons’ needs.
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.
Areeba is a first-year MSc student in the Neuroscience program under the supervision of Dr. Stelios Georgiades. Her research focuses on developing a tool to assess the functional skills of Autistic children across various environments during early transitional periods.
Irene O’Connor worked for many years as a psychometrist for the genetics of Autism studies at the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She is now completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the Research and Clinical Training Stream at McMaster University. Her clinical and research interests include vocational training for transition age Autistic youth, mental
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 treatment
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.
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.
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
Dr. Stephen Gentles was a postdoctoral fellow with MacART, under the supervision of Dr. Stelios Georgiades. His research examines the social psychological needs and responses of parents of Autistic children as they navigate intervention. He is now a CIHR Health System Impact Fellow in a project that is a partership between an academic institution and a community organization; he is
Dr. Stephanie Lavoie is a Neuropsychologist with the Pediatric Neurology Program and the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Stephanie’s clinical and research interests focus on mental health and neurological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders.