Carolyn Abel, Policy and Communications Specialist
Rakhee Chowdhury, Communications ManagerRead More
Over the last years, Rakhee has been involved in a variety of projects alongside neurodivergent youth and their families. At the Centre for Innovation in Autism & Intellectual Disabilities, Rakhee coordinated EmploymentWorks, a pre-employment initiative for young adults, and provided parent coach services to families of pre-school children. At McGill University, Rakhee supported the operations of accommodated exams for students registered at the Office for Students with Disabilities and participated in the unit’s leadership team.
Outside of work, Rakhee loves creating pantry concoctions, watching international movies, and exploring the outdoors. LinkedIn
Stephanie Côté, Manager, Policy Initiatives
Jacalyn Guy, MITACS-CASDA Post-Doctoral FellowRead More
Currently, Jacalyn works at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. Her work aims to understand how and why children struggle at school irrespective of any clinical diagnosis, with a long-term goal of developing targeted interventions and risk factors for long-term difficulties. She is excited to broaden her interests outside of a traditional academic setting with the MITACS-CASDA fellowship to engage with stakeholders and translate research into evidence-informed policies.
Megan, Krasnodembski, Special Projects CoordinatorRead More
Jonathan Lai, Executive DirectorRead More
Previously, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at York University, examining predictors of changes in service use for people with developmental disabilities. He led a series of TEDx talks and other integrated knowledge translation projects. This was followed by a CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship at McGill University and the Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, where he led the development of a program evaluation of a specialized medical-dental primary care clinic for people with developmental disabilities, led federal government engagement of evidence-use in policy dialogues, and reports at the United Nations Convention on research evidence used in rights-based approaches for children with disabilities in Canada.
His graduate training in Neuroscience at Guelph and McMaster focused on gene-environment influences on the developing brain, funded consecutively by Ontario Mental Health Foundation and a CIHR Vanier Scholarship.
In his spare time, Jonathan likes to conduct cooking experiments in the kitchen, entertain his cat, and stay active outdoors. LinkedIn
Adelina Nielsen, Executive Coordinator
Deepa Singal, Director of Scientific and Data InitiativesRead More
Dr. Singal is a quantitative child and maternal health researcher working at the intersection of academia and policy. As a two-time Health System Impact Fellow at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) Rising Star, Dr. Singal has a breadth of experience working in multiple jurisdictions with senior level policy makers and key change makers in the health data science sector. She has a demonstrated history of leading multidisciplinary teams and her work has informed government policy and has been widely disseminated among media outlets throughout the country. LinkedIn