Dr. Mirenda has worked with children with autism and their families as a behaviour therapist and consultant through various agencies and organizations since 1974, and publishes and lectures widely on topics related to communication interventions for people with autism, in particular. She is a member of the professional advisory board of ACT-Autism Community Training and was a member of the Steering Committee of CAIRN, the Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network. From 2001-2004, she was the Project Director of the Early Intervention Evaluation Project for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, funded by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. From 2000-2002, she was also Project Director of an Autism Expert Panel funded through the BC Ministry of Health. She was also Project Director of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Predicting Outcomes, whose aim was to examine the relationships between various child, family, and community variables and progress made by children receiving early intervention. Currently, she is a co-investigator on a cross-Canada research project funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and others, entitled “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Pathways to Better Diagnosis and Outcomes.” She is also the principal investigator in BC of a National Centres of Excellence project on autism funded through NeuroDevNet.