Cover art for podcast PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

46 EpisodesProduced by PsychEdWebsite

This podcast is written and produced by psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto and is aimed at medical students and residents. Listeners will learn about fundamental and more advanced topics in psychiatry as our resident team explore these topics with world-class psychiatrists at U of T a… read more


PsychEd Episode 23: Autism Spectrum Disorder with Dr. Melanie Penner, Dr. Yona Lunsky and Dr. Mitesh Patel

Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with not one, not two but THREE experts in the field: Dr. Melanie Penner (Developmental Pediatrician at Holland-Bloorview), Dr. Mitesh Patel (Forensic and Child Psychiatrist at CAMH) and Dr. Yona Lunsky (Psychologist at CAMH)


The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:


By the end of this episode, you should be able to…

  1. Have an understanding of the neurobiology and epidemiology of autism
  2. Tailor their diagnostic interview for autism in a way that improves accuracy and is empathic
  3. Have familiarity with the impact of autism on people and their families and the interdisciplinary and biopsychosocial approaches involved in caring for people with autism


Host(s): Dr. Alex Raben (PGY5), Dr. Sabrina Agnihotri (PGY1) 


Produced by: Dr. Alex Raben (PGY5), Dr. Sabrina Agnihotri (PGY1), Weam Sieffien (CC3) and Dr. Gurnaam Kasbia


Guest experts: Dr. Melanie Penner, Dr. Mitesh Patel and Dr. Yona Lunsky


Episode infographic by Weam Sieffien (CC3) and Dr. Nikhita Singhal (PGY1)




  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pediatrics. 2007 Nov;120(5):1183-1215.
  • Bartlo P, Klein PJ. Physical activity benefits and needs in adults with intellectual disabilities: systematic review of the literature. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2011 May. 116(3):220-32.
  • Bazzano AT, Zeldin AS, Diab IR, Garro NM, Allevato NA, Lehrer D. The Healthy Lifestyle Change Program: a pilot of a community-based health promotion intervention for adults with developmental disabilities. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec. 37(6 Suppl 1):S201-8.
  • Lyall, K., Croen, L., Daniels, J., Fallin, M. D., Ladd-Acosta, C., Lee, B. K., ... & Windham, G. C.  (2017). The changing epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders. Annual review of public health, 38, 81-102.
  • Maulik, P. K., Mascarenhas, M. N., Mathers, C. D., Dua, T., & Saxena, S. (2011). Prevalence of intellectual disability: a meta-analysis of population-based studies. Research in developmental disabilities, 32(2), 419-436.
  • McPheeters ML, Warren Z, Sathe N, Bruzek JL, Krishnaswami S, Jerome RN, et al. A systematic review of medical treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2011 May. 127(5):e1312-21.
  • Rubin IL, Crocker AC. Medical care for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Second edition. Baltimore, MD: Paul H Brookes Publishing Co, Inc; 2006.
  • Rueda JR, Ballesteros J, Tejada MI. Systematic review of pharmacological treatments in fragile X syndrome. BMC Neurol. 2009 Oct 13. 9:53.
  • Taylor, L. E., Swerdfeger, A. L., & Eslick, G. D. (2014). Vaccines are not associated with autism: an evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies. Vaccine, 32(29), 3623-3629.
  • Taylor, L. E., Swerdfeger, A. L., & Eslick, G. D. (2014). Vaccines are not associated with autism: an evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies. Vaccine, 32(29), 3623-3629.
  • Thapar, A., Cooper, M., & Rutter, M. (2017). Neurodevelopmental disorders. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(4), 339-346

CPA Note: The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

For more PsychEd, follow us on Twitter (@psychedpodcast) and Facebook. You can provide feedback by email at  For more information visit our website:

Educational emoji reaction


Interesting emoji reaction


Funny emoji reaction


Agree emoji reaction


Love emoji reaction


Wow emoji reaction


Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens