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Dr. Peter Szatmari, Trustee

Peter Szatmari

In 2013, Dr. Peter Szatmari assumed the combined position of Chief, Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, as well as Director of the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health at the University of Toronto. Szatmari holds the newly-endowed Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health.

Szatmari is the head of one of the largest divisions of child and adolescent psychiatry in the world, and an international expert in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He has made significant contributions to the ASD field in many areas including diagnosis, measurement, genetics and longitudinal development – all of which led to significant changes in our understanding of ASD as well as the classification of ASD in both DSM IV and 5.

He has also published more generally in psychiatric epidemiology (especially attention deficit disorder) and in clinical research in developmental psychopathology. More recently, he has turned his attention to developing evidence-based, patient-oriented systems of care for children and youth and evaluating innovative models of care using clinical trials methodology. He has been editor of several important journals in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and has consulted to government agencies in Canada, the USA and the UK. He is the author of the book A Mind Apart; Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome.