Yona Lunsky, Scientist & Psychologist

Yona is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and director of ICESthe Health Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program and the Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health. She is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In addition to authoring nearly 200 research papers focused on developmental disabilities, she is involved in many educational efforts aimed at professionals, people with disabilities, and families.

Session: There Is No Health Without Mental Health: Why Mental Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities

Nearly one in every two adults with developmental disabilities has a psychiatric diagnosis. Yet, most of our broader efforts to address mental health fail to include them. In this session, Yona will identify some of the biggest current mental health challenges facing our sector and offer seven promising directions, based on Ontario based research, clinical practice, and her own experiences.

Session: Quality Health Care and Developmental Disability: Are We There Yet? 

What does it mean to deliver quality health care to youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families? We have important guidelines here in Canada and from other jurisdictions on the way we should provide care, as well as many helpful resources which can help us make quality health care a reality. Moving these guidelines into practice continues to be a challenge. In this session, Yona will reflect on strategies which have helped push forward changes in primary and emergency care in Ontario, and share some tools and resources developed for this purpose.