Dr. Gerard Kysela, Ph.D.
Gerard M. Kysela received a B.Sc. and M.A. in Psychology and Clinical Child Psychology respectively from Xavier University (Ohio) in 1966. Following three years of study at the University of Waterloo, he received a Ph.D. degree in Child Development in 1969. Since that time, he has been teaching and carrying out research with children, parents and teachers in areas of childhood special needs and disorders. Dr. Kysela received the award for excellence in research from the Canadian Psychological Foundation in 1995 for his lifetime research with children with special needs and their families. Dr. Kysela is a professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Collaborative research and clinical developments with families having a young child with special needs such as a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum have been the focus of Dr. Kysela’s clinical activities for the past several years. In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Kysela has been developing both family centred practice models as well as intensive behavioural intervention models. As Senior Advisor, Dr. Kysela oversees the practice and provides advice to the Clinical Director.