CanFASD is pleased to announce Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan has joined CanFASD as a Research Lead in Justice.
Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan is an Assistant Professor in the CPA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at the University of Guelph. Dr. McLachlan is a Psychologist (C. Psych) who completed graduate training (MA, PhD) with a forensic specialization at Simon Fraser University, and subsequent postdoctoral training as a Fellow with the Kids Brain Health Network with concurrent appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and the Child and Family Research Institute, Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health, at the University of British Columbia. Dr. McLachlan also holds an adjunct faculty affiliation in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and is a member of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
Dr. McLachlan’s research interests include understanding neurobiological and environmental risk markers associated with adverse outcomes in FASD, identifying risk and protective factors linked with criminal justice and forensic mental health trajectories, and the importance of establishing valid and reliable screening and diagnostic approaches. The overall focus of her research and clinical work seeks to improve developmental and social outcomes for vulnerable individuals across the lifespan, with a core focus on policy engagement and knowledge translation.