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  • Virtual Group Social ABCs
  • Social ABCs for Babies
Our team

Meet the staff and students


Dr. Jessica Brian

Dr. 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.


Research Staff

  • Kate Bernardi, Research Coordinator 
  • Sara Daoud, Research Coordinator
  • Erin Dowds, Research Coordinator 
  • Alex Hoffman, Research Assistant
  • Ian Roth, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Abbie Solish, Psychologist

Current Trainees

  • Erin Dowds, Doctor of Education

Below are some of our publications.

Find more of our published work with Dr. Brian on Google Scholar

Support and funding

Project: Parent-mediated Intervention for Toddlers with Autism: A multi-site Randomized Controlled Trial of a Group-based Virtual Program that Empowers Parents as Change Agents.

Researchers: J. Brian (PI), I. M. Smith; L. Zwaigenbaum; P. Andreou

Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) ($569,926, 2022-2025)

Project: Earlier Intervention and Improved Access: Extending the Reach of Social ABCs through Nimble Models of Care and Capacity Building

Researchers: J. Brian (PI)

Agency: Kids Brain Health Network Implementation Project Award (Networks of Centres of Excellence) ($597,580, 2020-2023)

Project: Infant Screening and Treatment of Autism

Researchers: L. Zwaigenbaum (PI), J. Brian and co-investigator team

Agency: Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) ($750,000, 2018-2024)