National Autism Project with Dr. Pat Mirenda Enters Phase III

Our very own autism spectrum disorder expert, Dr. Pat Mirenda, is continuing her work on the critical nationwide research program.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation has granted a team of committed researchers across Canada with funds amounting to $5,332,277 in order to continue with phase three of the research program: Pathways to Better Developmental Health in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Phase III

Did You Know?!

The Pathways in ASD study is the largest of its kind in the world! Findings from this study will create a lasting legacy for all children with ASD and will strengthen Canada’s position in the forefront of ASD research internationally.


The goal of this research program is to examine the developmental health (DH) of a large cross-Canada sample of young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from the preschool years through to their transitions into adulthood. We aim to identify the distinct DH trajectories that adolescents with ASD follow; the biological, child, family and service variables that influence these trajectories; and the extent to which these domains of DH interact over time to determine outcome. We will also seek to understand the broader social and economic context for those growing up with ASD, including conducting economic analyses of the impact of ASD across adolescence and exploring the perspectives and lived experiences of youth with ASD through in-depth interviews.  Learn more about the Pathways in ASD Program! 

Research Program Team Members

Principal Investigators:  Dr. Peter Szatmari, Dr. Susan Bryson, Dr. Eric Fombonne

Co-Investigators:  Dr. Pat Mirenda, Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Dr. Joanne Volden, Dr. Charlotte Waddell, Dr. Wendy Roberts, Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt, Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh, Dr. Isabel Smith

Local Co-Investigators:  Dr. Terry Bennett, Dr. Stelios Georgiades

Study Coordinator: Mike Chalupka


Learn more about CIHR funding.