16th Annual Autism Update 3/25/23 8:45am-4:30pm
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Supported by The Teresa and Charles Michael Fund for Autism Research and Education

Autism through the Lifespan

A one-day in person conference for parents, educators and care providers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Our annual update will focus on new research and services for individuals with autism to optimize their long term functioning.

Please note: This conference will provide scientific information to families who are seeking interventions and therapeutic support for their children and to professionals working with  individuals who need a significant level of support. 

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Stanford Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305.   Light breakfast/coffee/tea and box lunch served. Research and community non-profit info tables at breaks and lunch.

Program begins at 8:45 am and ends at 4:30 pm.

A virtual option will be offered for those unable to attend in person. Live Spanish interpreting option, see below for more information.    

If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in person, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at: disability.access@stanford.edu or 650.725.0326. Requests should be received at least one week prior to the event/activity.

Supported by The Teresa and Charles Michael Fund for Autism Research and Education

Keynote Speakers

Sally Rogers, PhD

“Where early intervention has been and where it needs to go: Supporting young autistic children and their families in a time of change”

Brief Bio

Sally J. Rogers is a  Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the MIND Institute, University of California Davis and is a licensed psychologist and developmental scientist who has been the principal investigator of many NIH funded programs of early autism research. She has served as vice president and president of the International Society for Autism Research, associate editor of the journal Autism Research, member of the Autism Speaks Global Autism Public Health Initiative, member of the Autism DSM5 workgroup, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Sciences, and the International Society for Autism Research, among others. Her treatment model and research program began at the University of Colorado Denver and continued at the MIND Institute at UC Davis, where the Denver Model further developed with Geri Dawson into the Early Start Denver Model.  The results from the first published ESDM efficacy paper were recognized by Time magazine and by Autism Speaks as one of the 10 main medical breakthroughs of 2012 and the method is used by parents and professionals around the world. Some of her career awards include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society for Autism Research and the New York University Child Study Center, UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award, John W. Jacobsen Career Award from the American Psychological Association and the UC Hibbard Williams Award for Extraordinary Achievement.   She has published over 300 papers, chapters, videos, and books and is in the top 1% of Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers. She enjoys all aspects of her worklife and her personal life: working with families and young children with autism, teaching others, participating in research, writing, family time, music, travel, and many hobbies and volunteer activities.

Shulamite Green, PhD

"Sensory Over-Responsivity in Autism: How Neuroscience Can Inform Intervention"

Brief Bio

Dr. Shulamite Green is an Assistant Professor and the Friends of the Semel Institute Term Chair in Translational Mental Health Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Green completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, and thereafter completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on pediatric functional neuroimaging methods at UCLA's Brain Mapping Center. Dr. Green’s research is focused on the neurobiological bases of sensory over-responsivity, a common and impairing condition in which individuals over-react to sensory stimuli in their environments, causing challenges with participation in school, work, family life, and the community. Dr. Green conducted some of the first fMRI work demonstrating brain differences in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specifically related to sensory over-responsivity, as well as identifying potential brain mechanisms through which some children with ASD regulate their sensory responses. Her work has been funded by multiple grants from the National Institute of Mental Health as well as through private autism and neuroscience foundations. Dr. Green received the International Society for Autism Research Dissertation Award as well as their Slifka/Ritvo Award for Innovation in Autism Research. She was also recently awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Dr. Green is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the autism specialist at UCLA TIES for Families, providing evaluation and consultation for families adopting children from foster care

James McCracken, MD

"Pharmacological Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Focus on Adolescents and Transitional age group"

Brief Bio

James McCracken, MD is the Joseph Campbell Chair in Child Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. McCracken is recognized as a leading authority on the testing of new treatments for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and cognitive disorders.

New Trends in Autism Research at Stanford

Brief 15-minute presentations (including Q & A) from Stanford researchers

Philippe Mourrain, PhD
"Can sleep disruptions in fish shine a new light on neurodevelopment relevant to autism? "

Brief Bio

Philippe Mourrain, PhD: Dr. Mourrain is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He leads a program focused on subcellular changes occurring during normal sleep and associated neurological pathologies using mouse and fish genetic models as well as human tissues. Over the past years, the program has developed new approaches and whole-brain imaging tools to uncover changes and abnormalities in the fish and mouse brains.

Alessandro Morganti, MD
"How to design Autism-friendly healthcare spaces: evidence and experience based research"

Brief Bio

Alessandro Morganti, MD, has been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Autism Center in The Autism and Developmental Disorder Research Program and Ph.D. Candidate at the Design&Health Lab at Politecnico di Milano - Italy. In the last 5 years, he has been researching the intersection of Medicine and Design, focusing on Healthcare Design for Mental Health. His Ph.D. research aims at providing experience- and evidence-based design strategies to improve the well-being of individuals with autism in hospital and clinic spaces.

Joachim Hallmayer, MD & Antonio Hardan, MD
"Sleep physiology in autism: From clinical to research investigation"

Brief Bio

Joachim Hallmayer, MD, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. His research has emphasized the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders and encompasses the recruitment, the laboratory, and the analytic side, and specializes in integrating across basic and clinical domains.  Recently, he in collaboration with a team of investigators (Drs O’hara, Hardan, Kawai, Mourrain, Fung, Phillips,  Hegarty, and Uljarevic) was awarded an Autism Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health to study the relationship between sleep dysregulation and autism symptoms.


Brief Bio

Antonio Hardan, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has more than 20 years’ experience assessing and treating children and adults with developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His research has focused on investigating the neurobiology of ASD and developing novel interventions for neurodevelopmental disorders using precision medicine approaches. He recently was awarded along colleagues at Stanford an Autism Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health to study the relationship between sleep dysregulation and autism symptoms.

Grace Gengoux, PhD, BCBA-D & Tatyana Lark, M.S.
"Teaching PRT via Telehealth"

Brief Bio

Grace Gengoux,Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Clinical Professor, Director of the Autism Intervention Clinic, and the Well-being Director within Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Gengoux is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in training parents to promote the healthy development of social skills in their children and manage challenging behavior using positive behavioral approaches. Dr. Gengoux has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on treatments for autism. She has specialized training in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), having completed her doctoral studies under the mentorship of Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel. Dr. Gengoux oversees the PRT parent training program at Stanford and has completed multiple clinical trials evaluating the effects of PRT on the social-communication competence of young children with autism. Dr. Gengoux serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Dr. Gengoux received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, before joining the Stanford University School of Medicine clinical faculty in 2010.

Brief Bio


Tatyana Lark, M.S., is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium with a clinical and research focus on child development and mental health, particularly within low-income communities of color. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center. Throughout the course of her graduate training, Tatyana has been involved in various studies with the Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program at Stanford under the supervision of Dr. Gengoux.

Breakout Sessions

In person attendees will choose one to attend, virtual attendees will be shown one live.

Sally Rogers, PhD: Dialogues involving supports for young autistic children and their families.

Shulamite Green, PhD: Sensory challenges in autism: Where are the areas of greatest need and how can neuroscience help us fill in the gaps?

James McCracken, MD: Questions and answers about pharmacological treatment of autism spectrum disorder

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Supported by The Teresa and Charles Michael Fund for Autism Research and Education

16a Conferencia Anual de Actualización sobre el Autismo Sábado, 25 de Marzo de 2023

Autismo a lo Largo de la Vida

Una conferencia de un día para padres, educadores y proveedores de cuidado de niños y adultos con trastornos del espectro autista. Nuestra actualización anual se centrará en nuevas investigaciones y servicios para personas con autismo para optimizar su funcionamiento a largo plazo.

Nota: La conferencia brindará información científica para familias que están buscando intervenciones y apoyo terapéutico para sus hijos y para profesionales trabajando con individuos que necesitan un nivel de apoyo significativo.

Sábado, 25 de Marzo de 2023 en Stanford Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305. Se ofrecerá un desayuno liviano, café, té y almuerzo en bandeja. Habrán mesas con información acerca de investigación y organizaciones sin fines de lucro en la comunidad que podrá visitar durante los recreos y el almuerzo.

Esta conferencia también se ofrece de manera virtual para aquellas personas que no pueden asistir en persona.

Puede aplicar a una beca en el siguiente link: beca

Si necesita una acomodación para poder participar en persona debido a una discapacidad por favor contáctese con la oficina de Diversidad y Acceso al: disability.access@stanford.edu o 650.725.0326. Por favor comuníquese con ellos al menos una semana antes del evento.

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2022 Autism Update

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sally Ozonoff
"Advances in Early Screening and Diagnosis of ASD"

Brief Bio

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis.  Dr. Ozonoff is a past Joint Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on earliest manifestations of ASD and infant screening and diagnosis. She directed an 18-year prospective investigation that followed children at familial risk for ASD from birth through adolescence. In a new project, she and colleagues in Engineering are exploring artificial intelligence approaches to detection of ASD-relevant behaviors in video. She has published over 150 papers and three books on autism-related topics and her work on early diagnosis has appeared on the television show 60 Minutes.

Dr. Matthew S. Goodwin
"Predicting Challenging Behavior in Individuals with Autism using Wearable Biosensors and Machine Learning Classifiers"

Brief Bio

Matthew S. Goodwin, PhD. is an Interdisciplinary Associate Professor with tenure at Northeastern University jointly appointed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Khoury College of Computer Science, where he is a founding member of a new doctoral program in Personal Health Informatics and Directs the Computational Behavioral Science Laboratory. He has over 25 years of research and clinical experience working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and developing and evaluating innovative technologies for behavioral assessment and intervention, including video and audio capture, telemetric physiological monitors, accelerometry sensors, and digital video/facial recognition systems. Goodwin received his B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology and behavioral science, respectively, from the University of Rhode Island. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Affective Computing in the MIT Media Lab in 2010.


Unpredictable and potentially dangerous challenging behavior (aggression to others, self-injury, emotion dysregulation) can create barriers to accessing community, therapeutic, medical, and educational services for individuals with autism. The current line of research evaluates whether peripheral nervous system and physical activity data obtained from a wearable biosensor can be used to predict challenging behaviors before they occur. Iterative results in a sample of 70 psychiatric inpatients with autism suggest that aggression to others, self-injury, and tantrums can all be predicted 3 minutes in advance with 80% average accuracy using machine learning classifiers. These findings lay the groundwork for the future development of precursor behavior analysis and just-in-time adaptive intervention systems to prevent or mitigate the emergence, occurrence, and impact of challenging behavior in individuals with autism.

Dr. Paul Wehman
"School to Work for Youth with Autism: Career Pathways Toward Successful Competitive Employment"

Brief Bio

Paul Wehman, Ph.D. has been a tenured faculty member with Virginia Commonwealth University since 1980 with a primary appointment in the School of Education, Counseling and Special Education and a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His highly interdisciplinary background and pioneering work in the beginning of supported employment has facilitated thousands of persons with physical disabilities, mental health issues, developmental disabilities, brain injury, and spinal cord injury to enter competitive integrated employment. As Director of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, he has written over 230 articles related to transition, postsecondary education, business engagement, and employment for young people with disabilities. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and has been the recipient of numerous awards, plus functioning as the Principal Investigator on more than $80 million worth of federal and state grants since joining VCU.

New Trends in Autism Research at Stanford

Dr. Janani Venugopalakrishnan
"Suicide and Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Brief Bio

Janani Venugopalakrishnan, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with advanced training and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and early onset psychosis. She is Director of the INSPIRE Early Psychosis clinic at LPCH, and Co-Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology clinic at LPCH.

Dr. Mirko Uljarevic
"Development of a New Measure of Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors"

Brief Bio

Mirko Uljarević, MD, PhD. is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at University of Melbourne. He is a medically trained early career researcher with a background in developmental psychopathology, psychometrics, and big data science. His primary research interest has focused on combining cutting-edge psychometric procedures and a big data approach to better understand structure of core autism symptoms and on using this knowledge to improve existing and develop new clinical assessments that are more effective for screening and diagnosis and tracking the natural and treatment-related symptom progression. In addition to his focus on the development of new measures, he is engaged on numerous projects spanning a range of topics including genetics, treatment and employment, with a particular focus on understanding risk and resilience factors underpinning poor mental health outcomes in people with autism

Dr. Makoto Kawai
“Sleep Characteristics and Neurodevelopment in ASD”

Brief Bio

Makoto Kawai, MD is a physician scientist in the field of sleep medicine in aging and brain function. Using combined polysomnogram and novel neuroimaging technology, he aims to identify potential sleep biomarkers to investigate the mechanism of progression from normal aging to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or dementia. Dr. Kawai also investigate the impact of sleep on cognitive/affective function or behavior abnormality in various neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Daniel Abrams
"Voice processing brain systems: a window into communication deficits and social reward in children with autism"

Brief Bio

Daniel Abrams, PhD. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University where he conducts research investigating the brain bases of social communication impairments in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Abrams research focuses on understanding why children with ASD often "tune out" from the social world around them and how this impacts social and brain development. His research employs a combination of psychophysical, cognitive, and brain imaging techniques, with the goal of identifying key neural features underlying social deficits in children with ASD.

Breakout Sessions (participants choose one to attend)

Session 1: Sally Ozonoff, PhD, "Assessments during the time of COVID: Opportunities and Challenges"

Session 2: Matthew Goodwin, PhD, "The promises and pitfalls of innovative technology in autism"

Session 3: Paul Wehman, PhD, "Vocational preparation for youth with autism spectrum disorder"

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Registration Fees: We are offering "pay what you can" registration fees:

Free Attendance: $0.00

Suggested donation to cover registration fees: $10.00

Suggested donation to cover registration and administrative fees: $25.00

15a Conferencia Anual de Actualización sobre el Autismo Sábado, 19 de Marzo de 2022

Autismo a lo Largo de la Vida

Una conferencia de un día para padres, educadores y proveedores de cuidado de niños y adultos con trastornos del espectro autista. Nuestra actualización anual se centrará en nuevas investigaciones y servicios para personas con autismo para optimizar su funcionamiento a largo plazo. Sábado, 19 de Marzo de 2022, 9:00 am-4:30 pm (hora estándar del Pacífico). Esta conferencia será virtual debido a las restricciones de COVID-19.
Si indicó que está interesado en escuchar la conferencia en Español cuando se registró, se le enviarán por correo electrónico las grabaciones en Español en una fecha posterior.

Para registrarse, haga clic aquí