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Dr. Melanie Penner-Senior Clinician Scientist and Developmental Paediatrician

Melanie Penner, MD FRCP(C)

Senior Clinician Scientist and Developmental Pediatrician; Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation (BCHF) Research Chair in Developmental Pediatrics

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto; Assistant Professor (Status), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Associate Faculty, Institute of Medical Sciences

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Research Focus:

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Penner's clinical and research interests are in autism spectrum disorder. In particular, she is interested in service delivery for this population, including evaluating the impact and cost-effectiveness of new care models. Dr. Penner has done research and educational work to expand Ontario's diagnostic capacity for autism spectrum disorder diagnoses in the community setting, decreasing wait times and facilitating earlier access to essential intervention programs.

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Education & Profession


Dr. Melanie Penner obtained her Bachelors degree in Health Sciences at McMaster University in 2004, followed by her Medical degree at Queen's University in 2008. She did her paediatric residency training at the University of Toronto and did a developmental paediatrics subspecialty residency at the University of Toronto/Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  She completed a Masters of Science in the Health Services Research program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto through the Clinician Investigator Program in 2015.

Professional Memberships:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • International Society for Autism Research
  • American Academy of Paediatrics
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Association

Current Projects


Contact Info

Contact Information:

Please contact Leah Wong, Executive Assistant

Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 

T: 416-425-6220, Ext.3832 F: 416-424-3840

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Media Expertise

autism spectrum disorder - diagnosis and treatment in kids with complex behavioural challenges; how health services are delivered to children and youth with autism