Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR): Transforming autism research, training and care -- improving lives via Open Science

Our Team

Our patients and their families

Our patients and their families - this includes other people in their close support networks - are at the very centre of all that we do.

Together as a team, our experienced clinicians, trainees and coordinators work collaboratively with patients and families who seek our help to provide the highest quality care, support and services.

Our clinicians

Our specialized team of research clinicians use best practices in line with the latest research findings and professional guidelines.

Allied health professionals

Myriam Beauchamp

Myriam Beauchamp
Speech-Language Pathologist

Myriam Beauchamp, MS ORT/SLP, PhD, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) specializing in neurodevelopmental conditions, with expertise in the assessment and support of bilingual speakers.

She has over 10 years of clinical experience, which include working on multidisciplinary diagnostic teams, offering speech-language assessment and intervention services, and facilitating social skills groups for young adults.

Her work as a post-doctoral researcher examines language development in bilingual children, as well as the link between bilingualism, narrative skills, social skills, and cognition. Her research also aims to understand the barriers and facilitators to healthcare services for minority-language speakers with neurodevelopmental conditions and their families, and to use this knowledge to improve access to such services.

She also has extensive experience teaching and mentoring future SLPs, and supervising student research.

Martine Habra

Martine Habra
Clinical Psychologist

Martine Habra, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has worked in a variety of clinical, research and administrative settings since obtaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Habra brings to the ACAR Clinic a breadth of experience in mental health assessments for older youth and adults, cognitive behaviour therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, clinical research, and program evaluation.

 

Noémie Hébert-Lalonde

Noémie Hébert-Lalonde
Neuropsychologist

Noémie Hébert-Lalonde, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in neurodevelopmental conditions present in children and young adults. She holds a clinical position at the MUHC and a research position at the ACAR Clinic.

Dr. Hébert-Lalonde obtained her degree from the Université de Montréal in 2014. She also holds a Certificate in Neuropsychological Assessment and has received advanced training in the use of the ADOS-2 in her clinical and research practices.

Julie Scorah

Julie Scorah
Neuropsychologist

Julie Scorah, PhD (link to full profile), is the Associate Director of the ACAR Clinic and a licensed neuropsychologist specializing in neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

She has over 16 years of experience working in clinics specializing in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions. She also has experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in home, school, and centre-based intervention for autism. Dr. Scorah has clinical research experience in the design and implementation of clinical assessment protocols, project development, and as a clinical site leader in multi-site research protocols.

 

Mandy Steiman

Mandy Steiman
Psychologist

Mandy Steiman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment of autism and associated diagnoses. For over 15 years, she has served as a clinical site leader for multi-site and longitudinal research studies. At the ACAR Clinic, Dr. Steiman contributes to the development and implementation of integrated clinical-research protocols.

Dr. Steiman trains students and professionals in diagnostic assessment for research and clinical purposes. She is a certified trainer for diagnostic tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R). Her goal is to train professionals to provide high quality, evidence-based care while employing an empathic and collaborative approach with patients and their families.

 

Medical professionals

Raluca Pana

Raluca Pana
Neurologist

Raluca Pana, MD FRCP(C) CSCN (EEG) (link to profile), is a Neurologist and Epileptologist at The Neuro and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine from Université Laval, followed by post-graduate degree in Neurology from McGill University, and an Epilepsy Fellowship from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Guy Rouleau

Guy Rouleau 
Neurogeneticist

Guy A. Rouleau, OC, OQ, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC (link to profile), is the Director of ACAR and The Neuro, and a Neurogeneticist at the ACAR Clinic. 

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Rouleau sees patients with genetic conditions, and focuses his research on discovering the underlying basis or causes of these conditions. Throughout his active research career, which spans more than 30 years, he has published nearly 850 articles in peer‐reviewed journals, which have been cited more than 74,000 times (Google Scholar). Among Dr. Rouleau’s landmark achievements are his contribution to the identification of dozens of genes and his discovery of new mutational mechanisms, including in autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hereditary neuropathies, epilepsy and schizophrenia.

 

 

Our coordinators

Jessica Charlebois

Jessica Charlebois
Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessica Charlebois, BA (jessica.charlebois [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (subject: ACAR%20Research%20and%20Training%20Programs%20Inquiry) (email)), is a research coordinator for ACAR Clinic’s research and training programs. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University in 2020, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology. She also has experience in providing services and support for autistic children. Charlebois is from the Laurentians region of Quebec and moved to Montreal in 2015. She enjoys working with ACAR Clinic’s dynamic team, where she can contribute to research and improved services for autistic individuals and their families.

Karine Malenfant

Karine Malenfant
Research Assistant and Navigator Master Trainer

Karine Malenfant, MA (karine.malenfant [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (subject: ACAR%20Research%20and%20Training%20Programs%20Inquiry) (email)), is a research assistant for ACAR Clinic’s research and training programs. She graduated with master's in sociology at Lakehead University and obtained the Dean’s Scholar Award for Outstanding Graduating MA Student 2020-21. Her thesis explored the lived experiences of adults diagnosed with autism in adulthood, which led her to pursue a career in autism research. Her goal is to help autistic individuals and their families in obtaining a better quality of life.

 

 

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penelope.plessas [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (Penelope Plessas)
Interim Clinical Coordinator

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.

 

 

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