A one-day in person conference for parents, educators and care providers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Our annual update focuses on new research and services for individuals with autism to optimize their long term functioning.
Please note: This conference focuses on individuals who need a significant level of support. The goal of this conference is to learn about the science and focus on individuals with significant needs.
Professor, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego. Co-Director, UCSD Autism Center of Excellence.
Lecture: “New directions in autism early detection, biomarker discovery and understanding heterogeneity using eye tracking and brain imaging"
Breakout Session: "Understanding eye tracking and current applications in Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Karen Pierce, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego and has been studying autism for the past 25 years. Her research spans a range of topics from early screening and detection to eye tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Her early detection approach that focuses on mobilizing pediatricians, called the Get SET Early model, has identified thousands of ASD toddlers around the 1st birthday and has resulted in rapid treatment access. Using eye tracking and brain imaging technology within this early-detected population, Dr. Pierce’s work has revealed unusual patterns of eye gaze and brain activity that helps elucidate the behavioral and biological heterogeneity of ASD.
Dr. Pierce has been invited as a keynote speaker on the topic of autism at national and international conferences. Her work is published in high-impact journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, and has been highlighted in the public media including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Her research is funded by the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as private organizations such as the SImons Foundation. She has been honored by several awards and recognitions including a NIMH Merit Award, US Department of Health and Human Services IACC Top 20 Research Paper, Autism Speaks Top 10 Research Paper, and the San Diego Health Hero Award.
Professor, University of Virginia
Lecture: “Mental health in children and youth with autism: A contextual approach"
Breakout Session: "Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies for Improving Sleep in Children with Autism"
Micah Mazurek, PhD, is the Novartis U.S. Foundation Professor of Education at the University of Virginia, Director of UVA’s Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative, and Director of the Blue Ridge Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Blue Ridge LEND) program. She is currently the President-Elect of Division 33 (IDD/ASD) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Mazurek received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience and specific expertise in autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is also active in efforts to enhance quality of care through training, capacity-building, and development and dissemination of best-practice autism guidelines and toolkits.
Dr. Mazurek has an active program of research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the US Department of Defense, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Autism Speaks, the Simons Foundation, and other agencies. Her research focuses on promoting positive and meaningful outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications to date. Her current projects focus on new tools for diagnosis and outcome assessment, new models for intervention, and new methods for enhancing access to care for underserved populations. Her work also focuses on examining positive and negative aspects of screen-based technology use, and on improving mental health outcomes across the lifespan.
Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Lecture :“Toward healthy aging in autism: What we know and don't know, and what autistic children, adolescents and adults can do now"
Breakout Session: “Aging across the lifespan in autistic individuals: let your life stories, concerns, and ideas be heard.”
Janet Lainhart, MD, completed training in Pediatrics, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, and autism research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has had the honor of providing outpatient care for autistic children, adolescents, and adults, across the lifespan, for many years. She is currently Lead Principal Investigator of a NIH Autism Center of Excellence, “Toward Healthy Aging in Autism: A Longitudinal Clinical and Multimodal Brain Imaging Study”, which is investigating physical, mental, and brain health and aging along with well-being and resilience across adulthood.
$75 Attendance Fee. Registration includes all lectures, choice of one breakout session in the afternoon, boxed lunch and morning refreshments. We are not offering a virtual attendance option.
Limited scholarships are available for $25 for those who have a financial need and cannot receive reimbursement from their regional center. Please click here to provide your name and email address so that you will be notified of next steps.
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305
Parking is free and available at the Galvez lot. The Alumni Center is on the corner of Galvez and Campus Drive and the entrance is on Galvez Street. We will have volunteers and signs indicating where to cross and enter the building. Please allow 10 minutes to park and cross the street to the Alumni Center. Note: Parking is free in most spots at Stanford on Saturdays. There are a few disabled parking spots near the entrance of the building where the Alumni Center is located on Galvez Street. For more info, please go the Stanford Transportation website: https://transportation.stanford.edu/maps-resources-and-access