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Advanced Issues in Dual Diagnosis - CAMH Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty...

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CAMH's Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty Service is pleased to present its second event to promote bidirectional information exchange between the developmental and mental health sectors in the support of adults with developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses!

Breakfast and registration start at 8:00am. Lunch will be provided. Poster Session at Lunch!

The day will include exciting talks on the intersection of individuals with developmental disorders with the forensic mental health system, personality disorder, genetics, applied behaviour analysis and sexual offending behaviour, and a panel on police and community engagement for adults with developmental disabilities.


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Personality Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disoder in Forensic Units for People with Developmental Disorders: Dr. Regi Alexander (St John's House, Norfolk, United Kingdom / Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)

Rare or rarely diagnosed? Genetic syndromes in psychiatry: Dr. Joyce So (Mount Sinai Hospital / University of Toronto)

Applied Behaviour Analysis and Sexual Offending: Dr. Kendra Thomson (Brock University)

Panel on Police and Community Engagement in Developmental Disabilities: Dr. Yona Lunsky (Panel Discussant; CAMH / HCARDD / UofT)


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Dr. Regi Alexander, MBBS, DPM, FRCPsych. A practicing clinician throughout his professional career, Dr Alexander has over 20 years of experience treating people with learning or developmental disability and mental health problems. He is currently a Consultant Psychiatrist at St John's House, Priory Partnerships in Care, Norfolk and the Research Lead Consultant for Adults with Developmental Disorders at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, UK. An author of several peer reviewed publications, particularly on forensic aspects of learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders, he is also the editor of the Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability. With a keen interest in service development, Dr Alexander was closely involved in producing a series of practice/ policy guidelines from the Royal College of Psychiatrists including those on in-patient services, forensic learning disability and medication use and was also a member of the National Institute of Healthcare and Excellence (NICE) Guidelines Development Group on Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities. Outside of his professional life, he edits Village Voice, http://beltonandbrowston.com/?page_id=47 a community magazine that has a significant print and on-line circulation and is run entirely by volunteers.

Dr. Yona Lunsky, Ph.D. (panel discussant) Dr. Lunsky is a Clinician-Scientist in Adult Neurodevelopmental Services and Director of the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is Professor and Developmental Disabilities Lead in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Dr. Lunsky has focused her research on the mental health needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. She studies psychosocial risk factors for psychiatric disorders and health service utilization patterns in this population. Dr. Lunsky is the principal investigator of several studies examining clinical and systems issues related to health services. She is also involved in a number of projects focused on improving primary and emergency health care.

Dr. Kendra Thomson, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Dr. Kendra Thomson is an assistant professor in the Centre for Applied Disability Studies and a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at York University with Dr. Jonathan Weiss, the CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. Dr. Thomson earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Manitoba in 2011, her MA in Lifespan Development (Psychology) from Brock University in 2007, and her honours undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 2005.

Dr. Joyce So, MD, PhD. Dr. So, is a geneticist at Mount Sinai Hospital and assistant professor with the department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on the identification and characterization of genetic conditions in psychiatric patients, particularly those with dual diagnosis (psychiatric disorder + intellectual disability). In collaboration with psychiatrists, her goal is to develop protocols and tools for psychiatrists and primary care physicians to optimize the diagnosis, management and treatment of psychiatric patients with underlying genetic disorders.

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