Jonathan Lai

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Recent Research Projects

Nothing without us: Towards inclusive, equitable COVID-19 policy responses for youth with disabilities and their families

2020/21 • $199,650 • PI,CO,Other
Persons with disabilities and their caregivers are an at-risk population in the COVID-19 pandemic who's mental health has been disproportionately impacted by the policy measures adopted in response. Given the increased risk for this vulnerable population during the pandemic and existing higher...

Understanding age at first autism health claim and acute health service use in girls and women relative to boys and men

2020/21 • $64,600 • PI,CO
It is harder to recognize autism in girls and women, compared to boys and men. In practice, this can mean that autism goes undiagnosed for longer and as a consequence is unsupported for longer in girls and women compared to boys and men. Girls and women on the autism spectrum have described many...

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health and Well-being of Caregivers and Families Living with Autism

2020/21 • $34,068 • PI,CO,Other
Caregivers and families (i.e. siblings) with children and adolescents with autism often experience demanding stressors and distress associated with providing care to the family member with autism. We aim to better understand what has been documented regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Improving the use of evidence-informed health policy for individuals with brain-based disabilities

2017/18-2019/20 • $58,500 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
There has been an increasing focus in the health and disabilities research field on knowledge translation - that is, to ensure that emerging research can be effectively integrated into health and social service policies and into service delivery. Studies on the development of policy and services...

Panel title: "Training for health system impact"; Presentation title: "Dynamics in a Complex Learning Health System: the Push and Pull of Knowledge Exchange in Research, Service Delivery, and Policy"

2019/20 • $1,230 • PI
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research recently funded 4 postdoctoral Health System Impact Fellows to complete autism-related projects. In this panel, these trainees will share learnings from their fellowship experience that are relevant to a national autism strategy. They will also...

The Shared Neurobiology of Autism and Fragile X Syndrome through the Neuroligin Gene Family

2011/12-2013/14 • $150,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impairments in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviour. The impact of ASDs on individuals and their families is life-changing. Diagnosis has risen considerably in the last 20 years, yet very little is known about this...