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Kimberley Ward Ph.D. (R.Psych) (she/her) – Executive Director since 2018

Kimberley became a Registered Psychologist in 1996 and joined the clinical team at Society for Treatment of Autism (STA). After serving as the Clinical Director for nine years, she transitioned to the role of Executive Director in 2018.

Kim has also worked with the Government of Alberta to develop a resource manual for teachers (i.e., Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders) and draft recommendations for service delivery (i.e., A System of Care for Children with Autism: Expert Panel Report). She has also facilitated workshop for parents and professionals across Canada. Finally, as a Sessional Instructor Kimberley developed and taught a course that focused on “ASD across the Life Span” at the University of Calgary as part of Graduate Certificate program. Kimberley joined the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance Board of Directors in 2020 where she serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and Board Secretary.

Kim completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 at the University of Calgary. During her years in graduate school, her research focused specifically on the social-cognitive differences associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).