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Terry Bennett


Dr. Teresa (Terry) Bennett is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Dr. Bennett is a graduate of McMaster University’s Arts and Science, Medical and Psychiatric Residency programs. More recently at McMaster, she completed a PhD in Health Research Methodology, funded by a fellowship training award from CIHR, for which she was awarded a dissertation award from the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). Her PhD research focused on longitudinal “cascade” models of development in young children with ASD.

Dr. Bennett is a co-investigator on the multi-site national “Pathways in ASD Study” (PI: P. Szatmari), and the 2014 Ontario Child Health Survey (OCHS: PIs M. Boyle and K. Georgiades). She is also the local qualified investigator for a multi-site randomized controlled study of medication targeting core symptoms of ASD (PI: E. Anagnostou). Her clinical and research interests include children and families with ASD and neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as pathways in child social development and mental health – how children’s social brains and social worlds influence, and are influenced by, their mental health.

Featured Publications

  • Bennett, TA, Szatmari, P, Georgiades, K, Hanna, S, Janus, M, Georgiades, S, Duku, E, Bryson, S, Fombonne, E, Smith, I,  Mirenda, P, Volden, J, Waddell, C, Roberts, W, Vaillancourt, .TZ .   Language Impairment and Early Social Competence in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comparison on DSM-5 Profiles. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders  2014;44(11):2797-2808.  PMID 24865586; Epub 2014May28
  • Bennett TA, Szatmari P, Georgiades K, Hanna S, Janus M, Georgiades S, Duku E, Bryson S, Fombonne E, Smith IM, Mirenda P, Volden J, Waddell C, Roberts W, Vaillancourt T, Zwaigenbaum L, Elsabbagh M, Thompson A, & The Pathways ASD Study Team .    Do reciprocal associations exist between social and language pathways in preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders?   Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry 2014 doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12356. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Szatmari, P., Georgiades, S., Duku, E, Bennett, T.A., Bryson, S., Fombonne, E., Mirenda, P, Roberts, W., Smith, I. Vaillancourt, T., Volden, J., Waddell, C. Zwaigenbaum, L, Elsabbagh, M. Thompson, A. & Pathways in ASD Study Team.    Developmental Trajectories of Symptom Severity and Adaptive Functioning in an Inception Cohort of Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  JAMA Psychiatry.  In Press.
  • Bennett, T., Szatmari, P., Bryson, S., Vaccarella, L., Duku, E., Tuff, L. Theory of Mind, Language and Adaptive Functioning in ASD: A Neuroconstructivist Approach. Canadian Journal of Child Psychiatry, 22,1, 13-9. 2013.
  • Bennett T, Boyle MH, Georgiades K, Geogiades S, Thompson A, Duku E, Bryson S, Fombonne E, Vaillancourt T, Mirenda P, Roberts W, Smith I. Volden J, Waddell C, Zwaigenbaum L, The Pathways Study Team and Szatmari P. Reporting Effects Influence the Association Between Maternal Depression and Child Autism Spectrum Disorder Behaviours. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 1, 89-96. 2012. 

Clinical and Research Interests

Pathways in ASD – a national multi-site study examining developmental trajectories of young children with ASD transitioning from the preschool to school-aged years and beyond


  • B.A.Sc (Hon.), McMaster University
  • M.D., Michael DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University
  • FRCPC: McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
  • Ph.D., Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Research Methodology Programme, McMaster
  • Clinical Investigators’ Programme, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

Research Areas

  • social development and social environments of children with autism spectrum disorders
  • ways of measuring developmental cascades

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