Dr. Stelios Georgiades – Tracing autism’s trajectories can help explain its diversity
Dr. Georgiades will discuss his team’s research on the developmental trajectories of children with ASD. He will introduce the concept of ‘chronogeneity’ – heterogeneity in relation to the concept of time – and discuss how this concept can facilitate communication and inquiry among researchers studying the longitudinal course of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He will also explore how socio- contextual factors are associated with diverse trajectories. Dr. Georgiades will then discuss how interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate research, clinical practice, and policy may move us closer to more precise and adaptive models of care for the children, youth, and families living with autism.
Dr. Stelios Georgiades is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He is Founder and Co-Director of the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), Co-Founder of the Child Health Specialization in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc.) Program, and a Core Scientist at the Offord Centre for Child Studies. Dr. Georgiades’ research investigates the heterogeneity in diagnostic profiles and developmental trajectories in autism. Within an integrated model of research and practice, Dr. Georgiades’ work aims to inform the development of more precise and adaptive models of care that meet the complex needs of those living with autism. Dr. Georgiades is the Principal Investigator of the Pediatric Autism Research Collaborative – PARC Project at McMaster Children’s Hospital, the McMaster co-lead for the national Pathways in ASD study, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders – POND Network. Dr. Georgiades has served as an Expert Scientist appointed by the Federal Minister of Health on the Working Group for the Canadian Autism Partnership and sits on the ASD Clinical Expert Committee of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.