Founder and Visionary, Canada-Israel Autism Research Initiative- International Collaborations in Autism Research
Research Interests: 1. Autism research; 2. Children's brain health/neurodevelopmental research; 3. Stakeholder i.e. parent/patient needs in neurodevelopmental research; 4. Parent engagement in autism/neurodevelopmental research; 5. Parent mentorship in autism/neurodevelopmental research Current Research Activities: Advisory Roles: a. Member, Patient/Parent Advisory Council for POND, Ontario Brain Institute's Neurodevelopmental Research Group; b. Co-Chair, Knowledge Translation Committee, Child-Bright, CIHR's SPOR Initiative c. Member, Patient Family Advisory Council, CHILD-BRIGHT Transition Project called READYorNot’ Moving Ahead with Transition of Care from Adolescence to Adulthood; d. Member of Development Team, Family Engagement Certificate Program, Canchild, McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario; e. Editor and Journal Reviewer, Canchild, McMaster U;
Parent advocate for autism research and parent engagement and inclusion, Connie is the founder and visionary of the Canada/Israel Research Initiative. For twenty years, Connie has focused her professional efforts on connecting people, all with a view towards promoting partnerships, innovation, development, business strategies and new ideas. In facilitating these goals, Connie has represented the “parent voice” in research settings, publicly spoken both in Canada and overseas, managed conferences, developed programming, managed skills development, and facilitated business opportunities. Her blog- the Parent Link, and Ted Talk-Finding your Waze, reflect her perspectives. As founder of the Canada/Israel Autism Research Initiative, she helped to organize the first Canada-Israel Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Symposium. She continues to foster collaborations between scientists and look for new ways to support them. She frequently uses social media to promote parent participation in research. Along with her many years of advancing partnerships in the academic/research sector, she has also worked in the corporate sector and most recently helping corporations hire people with autism.