Centre for Leadership:
As a clinician investigator, Dr. Penner's clinical and research interests are in autism spectrum disorder. In particular, she is interested in service delivery for this population, including evaluating the impact and cost-effectiveness of new care models. Dr. Penner has done research and educational work to expand Ontario's diagnostic capacity for autism spectrum disorder diagnoses in the community setting, decreasing wait times and facilitating earlier access to essential intervention programs.
Dr. Melanie Penner obtained her Bachelors degree in Health Sciences at McMaster University in 2004, followed by her Medical degree at Queen's University in 2008. She did her paediatric residency training at the University of Toronto and did a developmental paediatrics subspecialty residency at the University of Toronto/Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed a Masters of Science in the Health Services Research program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto through the Clinician Investigator Program in 2015.
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- International Society for Autism Research
1. Penner M, Rayar M, Bashir N, Roberts SW, Hancock-Howard R, Coyte C. Cost-effectiveness analysis comparing pre-diagnosis autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-targeted intervention with Ontario's Autism Intervention Program. Accepted to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
2. Penner M, Xie WY, Binepal N, Switzer L & Fehlings D. Characteristics of pain in children and youth with cerebral palsy. Pediatrics. 2013. 132(2): e407-13.
3. Piccininni C., Bisnaire L., Penner M. Cost-effectiveness of wait time reduction for intensive behavioural interventions in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017.171(1):23-30.