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Dr. Meng-Chuan Lai is staff psychiatrist, clinician scientist and O'Brien Scholar in the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and The Hospital for Sick […]
CAMH, Child, Youth and Family Services
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Dr. Meng-Chuan Lai is staff psychiatrist, clinician scientist and O’Brien Scholar in the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is also honorary Director of Gender Research in Autism at the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, and adjunct attending psychiatrist and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the National Taiwan University and Hospital. He received his MD from the National Taiwan University and completed his residency training in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital. He holds a PhD in psychiatry and neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Lai’s vision is to bridge and integrate multi-level (biological, cognitive, psychological, and social) research and clinical services. His clinical interests are in the risk and resilience processes in individuals with atypical social-affective development (e.g., autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders), and how sex and gender modulate these processes. Dr. Lai’s research program aims to delineate how sex- and gender-related factors act as risk, protective, and moderating mechanisms for the (1) behavioural presentation, (2) clinical recognition and diagnosis, (3) neurobiology, and (4) etiologies of autism, as well as its co-occurring neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. A particular focus is on females with autism and the complex relationships between autism and sexual differentiation, gender socialization, and sex- and gender-related factors. His research also extends to social cognitive development, mind-brain-body interactions, health of sexual and gender diverse populations, and psychiatric nosology.