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Dr. Jessica Brian, senior clinician scientist, Autism Research Centre

Jessica Brian, PhD, CPsych

Senior clinician scientist; Psychologist

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Research Focus:

Jessica Brian is a Psychologist and Senior Clinician Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the department of Paediatrics. She co-leads the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview. Dr. Brian received her Ph.D. from the clinical-developmental program at York University and received intensive training in Applied Behaviour Analysis during a full-year internship at the Princeton Child Development Institute in New Jersey. Jessica has been heavily involved in a range of multi-site research programs aimed at understanding the emergence of ASD, the behavioural phenotype, and genetic markers of ASD and related disorders. For over a decade, Dr. Brian has been involved in the Canadian Infant Siblings Study, and is a member of the international Baby Siblings Research Consortium. Jessica co-developed and led the evaluation of the Social ABCs, a very early parent-mediated intervention for infants and toddlers with emerging ASD or related social-communication challenges.

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Education & Profession


  • Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical-Developmental), York University

  • MA, Clinical Developmental Psychology, York University

  • BA (Hons), Psychology, Queen's University at Kingston

Professional Memberships:

  • College of Psychologists of Ontario

  • Canadian Psychological Association

  • Baby Sibling Research Consortium

University Positions / Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto 

  • Adjunct Professor, OISE/UT, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto

  • Member, OISE/UT, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Honours and Awards:


  • Medical Research Council of Canada Studentship Award, York University, Toronto, ON (Academic years 1993-1997)


  • York University Scholarship, York University, Toronto, ON (Academic year 1991 - 1992) 

  • Senator Frank Carrell Upper Year Scholarship, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON (Academic years 1987-1990)

  • Thesis/Dissertation Award (nominee), York University, Toronto, ON (Dec 1999)


Assessment Measures Developed:

  • Autism Observation Scale for Infants (AOSI; Bryson et al.) - currently available for use in research studies only. 
  • Co-developer of the Social ABCs, a parent-mediated early intervention for infants and toddlers with emerging ASD or related social-communication challenges. Led the pilot and RCT evaluation of this intervention program, a child-care model, and the development of an abbreviated, group-based model. Overseeing a large community implementation of the standard Social ABCs.

Current Projects

Contact Info

Contact Information:

Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8                                                                       

T: 416-425-6220, Ext. 3716

 F: 416-422-7045

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Media Expertise

autism spectrum disorder - early identification and intervention