• Wellington, Stephen


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Clinical Co-Director, British Columbia Autism Assessment Network and Provincial Autism Resource Centre

    Degrees / Designations
    B.Sc., MD, MHSc, PhD
    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-453-8300 ext. 8264
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
    Room HT103
    3644 Slocan Street
    Vancouver, BC V5M 3E8

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Developmental and behavioural pediatrics
    • Autism and autism spectrum disorders
    • Population research
    • Measurement instruments for social/communication behaviours
    • Health informatics technologies

    My interests involve improving the early identification, assessment, diagnosis and intervention outcomes of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

    Autism spectrum disorders are common (affecting about 1 in every 155 individuals), and impacts childhood development and behaviour from a very early age. Autism affects children and youth chronically in the areas of social interaction, communication and behaviour. Although genetic influences and brain development appear to play an important role, not all the mechanisms leading to autism are fully understood.

    At present, there are no available medical tests that detect autism. However the diagnosis of autism can be made accurately by appropriately trained clinicians. In British Columbia, I've played a key role in developing the provincial model for providing accurate and consistent diagnoses of autism, based on international standards for autism definitions, and have been involved with provincial database designs which allow us to monitor our assessment program.

    Current Projects
    Autism Spectrum Disorders: Pathways to Better Diagnosis and Outcomes

    The University of British Columbia is a collaborator on this 5 year national multi-site project, which is investigating the developmental pathways of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

    Selected Publications
    Honours & Awards

    Autism Community Training's (ACT) First Annual Award for Service to the Autism Community in BC. ACT is a registered not-for-profit society who serves as a BC province-wide information and referral service created to support families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). On September 8, 2006, in recognition of the ground-breaking work that the BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN) has done in setting up a province-wide network of diagnostic services for children with ASD, ACT honoured the professionals around the province who make up BCAAN. On hand to receive the award were Drs. Stephen Wellington and Vikram Dua, Clinical Co-Directors of BCAAN, and Karen Kalynchuk, Program Manager.

    Research Group Members