We would like to welcome Dr. Jacalyn Guy to the CASDA team!
Dr. Jacalyn Guy is passionate about improving the well-being of autistic individuals and individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. She is currently pursuing this interest as the recent recipient of a MITACS-CASDA postdoctoral fellowship. Jacalyn’s projects will focus on coordinating autism-related and pan-disability data collection initiatives that are being developed and shared via various outlets throughout Canada in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative will bring together researchers and leaders from disability organizations to encourage collaboration and ensure that the most relevant and evidence-based information is being shared. The information curated will be utilized when writing federal government policy recommendations to suggest concrete ways to support families now and following the pandemic.
Jacalyn earned her BSc, MSc, and PhD (Neuroscience) all at McGill University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford. Funded by the Fonds de Recherche Sante-Quebec, she investigated sensory-related abilities that underpin cognition and behaviour in autism and fragile-x syndrome.
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.