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6th Annual Discovering Autism Conference

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Edmonton Clinical Health Academy

11405 87 Avenue Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9

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The 6th Annual Discovering Autism Conference hosted by the Centre for Autism Services Alberta Student's Association aims to provide awareness and education on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This year our conference will focus on ASD and mental health, from both the professional and self-advocacy perspectives. We hope to see you there!

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8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00-10:00am: Opening remarks and Keynote Speaker Dr. Jonathan Weiss (ECHA 2-190)

    • Promoting Mental Health in Autism: The Case for Individual and Contextual Solutions

10:00-11:00am: Breakout Sessions (please be sure to select which breakout session you would like to attend when purchasing a ticket)

  • Dr. Katelyn Lowe (ECHA 2-190)

    • Autism and Mental Health: Myths, Mindfulness, and Magic (Managing Anxiety)

  • Dr. Yogesh Thakkar (ECHA 2-140)

    • Mental Health Conditions in People with Developmental Disabilities (Psychiatric Perspective)

  • Mark Donovan (ECHA 2-150)

    • Autism in the Classroom

11:00-11:20am: Nourishment Break

11:20-12:15pm: Self-Advocate Panel Discussion (ECHA 2-190)

12:15-12:45pm: Wrap-Up and Concluding Remarks (ECHA 2-190)


Speaker Bios


Dr. Jonathan Weiss - Ph.D., C.Psych

Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University (Toronto, Canada) and a Clinical Psychologist. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry, and held the Canadian Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. He currently holds a York Research Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disability Mental Health. His research focuses on mental health in people with autism or intellectual disabilities, and their families, across the lifespan. He conducts studies into how people with developmental disabilities access mental health care and is interested in their service needs, use, and experiences of crisis and wellness. He is interested in program development and evaluation, and in particular on the impact of Special Olympics on the psychological well-being of participants, and of cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions to promote resilience and improve mental health.

Mark Donovan - M.A., R. Psych, BCBA

Mark Donovan is a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who received his training in early intervention, general education, and community mental health settings. He currently works as a Clinical Supervisor for the Centre for Autism Services Alberta where he supports children and families accessing home-based programming. Mark’s experience also includes school-based assessment and intervention, group therapy for adolescents with autism and anxiety, consultation to smaller communities in Canada’s territories, and teaching courses on behavior at MacEwan University.

Dr. Katelyn Lowe - Ph.D., R. Psych

Dr. Katelyn Lowe is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Sinneave Family Foundation. Since joining Sinneave in 2008, Katelyn has been involved in the delivery of a number of key initiatives including the Launch Program, PEERS®, and Worktopia. Dr. Lowe is a Registered Psychologist specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. She has trained in a wide range of mental health interventions such as HeartMath®, MYmind, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Katelyn is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Yogesh Thakker - MBBS, MD (Psychiatry), MRCPsych, CCT

Dr. Yogesh Thakker is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Developmental Disability working as part of the COAST (Community Outreach Assessment and Support Team). He is the Lead Psychiatrist for the COAST program. He did his membership in Psychiatry and higher training in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability from London, UK. He has been involved in developing Glenrose Adult Autism Diagnostic Clinic in Edmonton. He is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, Edmonton. He also works at Adult Convulsive Disorder Clinic, Adult FASD Clinic at Glenrose Hospital and with Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Edmonton. He is a visiting psychiatrist for various group homes in and around Edmonton supporting people with developmental disabilities. He also works at Alberta Hospital Edmonton as an in-patient psychiatrist for people with Developmental Disabilities. He works at Manor Clinic in South West Edmonton. He has a special interest in psychiatry of developmental disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, assessment and management of mental health conditions in people with neurological conditions like Epilepsy, teaching and health-care management.



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