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About the webinar:

Dr. Cook will describe and present results from the groundbreaking Dataform research project, which has captured information about hundreds of FASD diagnoses made across Canada. The project aims to better understand this life-long disorder and support individuals and families through improved understanding of service needs and informing policy and practice across the country.

Dr. Temple will provide an overview of current diagnostic criteria for FASD and review some of the clinical signs and symptoms of the disorder. She will also present results from a new research project that describes how receiving an FASD diagnosis can improve lives through better understanding and increased access to supports and services.A


About the presenters:

Dr. Jocelynn Cook has a long history in the field of alcohol and pregnancy, in both an academic and a program and policy context. She received a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours Biology) from Bishop’s University and then a PhD in Physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Cook studied the effects of alcohol consumption on preterm birth for her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta. She has worked with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch’s FASD Team developing cost-benefit analyses for FASD diagnosis and intervention programming. She is a past member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Commission’s FASD Expert Advisory Committee, the National Institute of Health’s Expert Advisory Committee on Terminology related to FAS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FAS Task Force.

Dr. Valerie Temple (PhD. C. Psych.), Clinical Psychologist and Professional Practice Leader, works with individuals and families in Toronto, as well as those living in remote communities in northwestern Ontario through Surrey Place’s MMW Video conferencing program. Dr. Temple has published research papers and book chapters on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Down Syndrome, and Autism. She is a member of CanFASD a national collaborative network of researchers focused on FASD, and FASD-ONE an Ontario network of professionals involved in FASD support.