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Peter Szatmari, MD

Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Chief, Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Hospital for Sick Children
Director, Division of Child and Youth Mental Health
University of Toronto
Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair, Child and Youth Mental Health
University of Toronto

Dr. Peter Szatmari has worked in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for over 30 years and has been engaged in studying the longitudinal course of this disorder and its genetic causes. Dr. Szatmari’s group has published extensively on identifying genetically informative phenotypes and copy number variants, and, along with the Autism Genome Project, on linkage and GWAS in autism. Dr. Szatmari has made significant contributions to the autism spectrum disorder 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 DSM-5. He has also published more generally in psychiatric epidemiology 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 is the founding director of CAIRN, a patient-oriented research network in early intervention in ASD. He has been editor of several important journals in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and has consulted with government agencies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the book A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and co-author of Start Here: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children and Teens through Mental Health Challenges.