Starting March 1st 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 in Toronto, as well as Director of the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Szatmari holds the newly-endowed Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health.
Dr. Szatmari has worked in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for over thirty 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, copy number variants, and along with the Autism Genome Project, on linkage and GWAS in autism. He is the founding Director of CAIRN (www.cairn-site.com) 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 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”.