About the Autism Centre of Excellence


Mission:

The mission of The University of Western - Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) is to lead in the generation, advancement and dissemination of knowledge in autism.

 

Vision:

ACE is an international leader in the advancement of interdisciplinary scholarly and scientific research and clinical training to improve the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families.

 

Mandate:

 

ACE is committed to:

• Facilitate and create a research community of scholars by prompting partnerships and collaborations

• Provide graduate training of highly qualified personnel

• Support the needs of individuals and families with autism as well as service providers by providing current research and information on autism to the community

• Create opportunities for knowledge exchange to promote evidence based practice

The Autism Centre of Excellence was generated as part of the Endowed Chair in Autism awarded to Dr. R. Nicolson in 2007. Dr. Nicolson MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2007 the Autism Centre of Excellence was created to forward the mandate of the Endowed Chair. For recent publications by Dr. Nicolson please click here.

Dr. L. LaRose, BCBA-D, Co-Director of Autism Centre of Excellence, has cross appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at UWO. She has taught at the graduate level in the Department of Psychology at UWO and has worked in the area of Autism in the educational system, health care and social services. For further information about Dr. LaRose click here.

Western University Autism Centre of Excellence Steering Committee Members

 

Dr. Rob Nicolson, Endowed Chair in Autism Studies, Schulich School of Medicine; Chair, Developmental Disabilities Division, Dept. of Psychiatry, Western University

Dr. Louise LaRose, Psychologist; Co-Director, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University: http://www.larosepsychology.com

Dr. Sandra Fisman, Interim Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University; LHSC

Dr. Peter Williamson, Tanna Schulich Chair, Neuroscience and Mental Health, Schulich School of Medicine; Chair, Division of Neuropsychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry, Western University Department Webpage: http://www.psychiatry.med.uwo.ca/

Dr. Janis Cardy, Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University Lab webpage: http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/ASLD/index.html

Ms. Maria Gitta, Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities Division, Dept. of Psychiatry, Western University Division Webpage: http://www.ddd.uwo.ca/

Dr. Elizabeth Hampson, – Western University, Department of Psychology Representative

Western University Autism Centre of Excellence Advisory Board Members

 

Dr. Rob Nicolson – Endowed Chair of ACE

Dr. Louise LaRose - Co-Director of ACE

Mr. George Kerhoulas - Parent Representative

Ms. Joni Davey – Parent Representative

Ms. Marti Lussier – Manager-Autism Ontario – London Chapter

Ms. Anne Stark - Administrator CPRI

Mr. Jim Boniffero – Program Manager, Clinical Services CPRI

Dr. John LaPorta – CEO, Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Carmen Hall – Program Coordinator, Autism and Behavioural Science program, Fanshawe College

Andrea Leatham – Learning Coordinator, Special Education, Thames Valley District School Board

Virginia Rutledge – Supervisor, Learning Services, London District Catholic School Board