Summer Institute Faculty Bios

Anthony Bailey, MBBS, DCH, MRCPsych, FRCPsych, FRCPC
Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Anthony Bailey became Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UBC in July 2010. He came from the University of Oxford where he was the Cheryl and Reece Scott Chair of Psychiatry, the first medical chair devoted to the study of autism. Dr. Bailey's research has investigated the neurobiological basis of autistic disorders, using genetic, neuropathological and neuroimaging approaches. Until his move to Canada, Dr. Bailey coordinated the International Molecular Genetic Study of Autism Consortium: a large international team of clinicians and scientists brought together to identify susceptibility genes for autism. At Oxford, Dr. Bailey built the first Magnetoencephalographic Centre designed for the study of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Bailey's clinical work focuses on teenagers and able adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Bailey is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Autism Research: the journal of the International Society of Autism Research.

Will Mandy DClinPsy, PhD
UCL Clinical Psychology Department

Will Mandy is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer whose work aims to improve the recognition of autism spectrum conditions (ASC), and to develop new interventions to help people with ASC. He has a particular research interest in improving the identification and care of females with ASD, who are currently at high risk of going unnoticed and unhelped by clinical and educational services. He also studies sub-diagnostic autistic traits in non-clinical populations, and the role these can play in the development of a range of common childhood, adolescent and adult mental health problems. With colleagues at Great Ormond Street Hospital’s National Centre for High-Functioning Autism he has developed and trialled interventions to help children with ASC transition from primary to secondary school, and to teach children about their ASC diagnosis, with an emphasis on fostering their sense of self-worth and pride.

PatriciaHowlin, PhD
Institute of Psychiatry, King’s CollegeLondon and Professor of Developmental Disability, University of Sydney

PatriciaHowlinis Emeritus Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s CollegeLondon and Professor of Developmental Disability at the University of Sydney. Her principal research interests focus on the long-term prognosis for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders and on developing intervention programmes that may help to improve outcome. ProfessorHowlinis a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and has served as Chair of the UK Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes. She is a founding editor of the journal Autism. Recent awards include the INSAR Life-time Achievement Award and theKanner-Asperger medal from the German, Austrian, Swiss Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Connie Kasari, PhD
Professor of Human Development and Psychology in Education and Psychiatry, UCLA

Connie Kasari is the Principal Investigator for several multi-site research programs, and a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and has been actively involved in autism research for the past 30 years, leading projects under the CPEA, STAART, and Autism Centers of Excellence programs from NIH. Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and has been the primary advisor to more than 40 PhD students. Dr. Kasari ispublished widely on topics related to social, emotional, and communication development and intervention in autism. She is on the science advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

Joseph Piven, M.D.
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Joseph Piven, M.D. received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1981 and completed training in general and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He continued in research training in the genetics of neurobehavioral disorders, during a postdoctoral Merck Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa from 1990 through 1999. Dr. Piven is currently Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, a comprehensive institute for services, research and training relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Piven is an active clinician. He directs an NIH-funded postdoctoral research training program in neurodevelopmental disorders at UNC, and is Director of an NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence Network study of brain development in infants at risk for autism. He is founding Editor of the Journal of Neurodevelomental Disorders (start date March 2009 Springer Publishing). His research is focused on: (1) the pathogenesis of autism related disorders (such as Fragile X Syndrome) and includes studies on the molecular genetics of autism, the neuropsychological basis of autism and the broad autism phenotype, and magnetic resonance imaging of early brain development; and, (2) clinical studies describing characteristics of older adults with autism.

John N. Constantino, M.D
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri

John N. Constantino, M.D., is the Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is Director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, principal investigator of an NICHD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, and Psychiatrist-In-Chief of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Constantino’s work has focused on understanding genetic and environmental influences on social development in childhood. In collaborations with Drs. Richard D. Todd, James J. Hudziak (Univ. Vermont), Daniel H. Geschwind (UCLA), Thomas W. Frazier (Cleveland Clinic), Christian P. Gruber (Western Psychological Services), Paul Law (Johns Hopkins University) and others, Dr. Constantino’s team developed and advanced methods for measuring autistic social impairment as a quantitative trait, allowing patterns of transmission of autistic syndromes and sub clinical autistic traits to be traced in families and populations. These studies have helped elucidate the factoral and genetic structure of autism, and the nature of its pronounced sex ratio. Most recently these measurements have proven capable of specifying elevations in offspring risk for autism and variation in social-adaptive functioning across diverse child psychiatric syndromes. These findings have significant implications for gene discovery, the identification of new targets for biological and developmental therapy, genetic counseling, and preventing impairment in adaptive functioning that is incurred by autism and other disorders of social development in childhood.

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