null Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



autism • developmental disorders • EEG • eye tracking • knowledge translation

Research Focus

My research focuses on understanding the root causes of autism and tracing its developmental pathways. The approach combines innovative research with the mission of accelerating translation of scientific discoveries into community impact. My contributions include the discovery of very early brain function markers for autism prior to the onset of behavioural signs. I have supported the successful launch of several collaborative research and translational networks aimed at accelerating the pace of discovery in autism. This includes my role as the Director of the Transforming Autism Care Consortium, which advances discovery, training, and community partnerships. I am also active in global efforts to improve evidence-based practice in the community and capacity building with special focus on underserved groups, both in Canada and in low- and middle-income countries.

Selected Publications

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  • Elsabbagh M. (2020) Linking risk factors and outcomes in autism spectrum disorder: is there evidence for resilience? BMJ 368:l6880. PMID: 31992555.

  • van Noordt SJR, Desjardins J, Huberty S, Abou-Abbas L, Webb SJ, Levin A, Segalowitz SJ, Evans A, The BASIS Team, & Elsabbagh M. (2020) EEG-IP: An International Infant EEG Data Integration Platform for the Study of Risk and Resilience in Autism and Related Conditions. Mol Med 26:40. PMID: 32380941.

  • Tesfaye R, Courchesne V, Yusuf A, Savion-Lemieux T, Singh I, Shikako-Thomas K, Mirenda P, Waddell C, Smith IM, Nicholas D, Szatmari, P, Bennett T, Duku E, Georgiades S, Kerns C, Vaillancourt T, Zaidman-Zait A, Zwaigenbaum L, & Elsabbagh M. (2019) Assuming ability of youth with autism: Synthesis of methods capturing the first-person perspectives of children and youth with disabilities. Autism 23: 1882-1886.  PMID: 30915852.

  • Lord C, Elsabbagh M, Baird G, & Veenstra-Vanderweele J. (2018) Autism spectrum disorder. Lancet 392:508-520. PMID: 30078460.

  • Elsabbagh M, Yusuf A, Prasanna S, Shikako-Thomas K, Ruff C, & Fehlings MG. (2014) Community engagement and knowledge translation: Progress and challenge in autism research. Autism 18:771-781. PMID: 25128332.