Jessica Brian, PhD, Co-Lead Autism Research Centre, Bloorview Research Institute, University of Toronto
Bio: Jessica Brian is a Psychologist and Clinician-Investigator at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She co-leads the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview. Dr. Brian received her Ph.D. from the clinical-developmental psychology program at York University and received intensive training in Applied Behaviour Analysis during a full-year internship at the Princeton Child Development Institute in New Jersey. She has been heavily involved in a range of multi-site research programs aimed at understanding the emergence of ASD, the behavioural phenotype, and genetic markers of ASD and related disorders. For almost two decades, Dr. Brian has been involved in the Canadian Infant Siblings Study; she co-developed the Social ABCs, a parent-mediated intervention for toddlers with emerging ASD and related developmental challenges, currently being implemented as part of a community pilot program.