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Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Life Span 2020

This conference offers a broad review of advances in autism spectrum disorder research, including assessment measures, neuroimaging, psychological interventions and pharmacologic options.

Attend this conference on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to hear the latest research and enhance the way you care for patients of all ages with ASD and related conditions.

The conference offers a broad review of advances in ASD research, genetics, diagnostic tools and treatments. This includes assessment measures, neuroimaging, psychological interventions and pharmacologic options. This is important content for clinicians in mental health, primary care, school health, pediatrics, psychology and nursing.

In every session, our faculty focus on insights that help you assess, treat and manage your patients in the best way possible. They answer questions during panel discussions and discuss complex topics face-to-face with you after their sessions. There are also curbside consultation hours when psychiatry experts are available to address specific questions and clinical challenges.

Our course directors design this conference not only to share knowledge on ASD, but to help you translate what you learn into enhanced mental health practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess for autism in clinically referred populations
  • Analyze the significant presence of various psychiatric disorders in individuals with autism and corresponding treatments
  • Discuss the clinical applicability of the latest advances in neuroimaging, genetics and treatment research in autism
  • Describe the effects of an autism diagnosis on caregivers and the role of reducing burnout
  • Provide clinical guidance on the latest pharmaco- and behavioral therapies for autism spectrum disorders
  • Discuss the latest screening tools for autism spectrum disorders in a primary care setting

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary Care and Family Practice Physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychologists
  • Nursing Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • School Mental Health Counselors
  • Other Mental Health, Primary Care and Pediatric Clinicians

Saturday, January 11, 2020

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM: Welcome & Introduction
Gagan Joshi, MD

Module Topic: ASD: Assessment

8:20 AM - 8:40 AM: Diagnostic Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder
James McCracken, MD

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM: Assessment Tools for Screening and Diagnosis of ASD and Associated Psychopathology
Gagan Joshi, MD

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM: Diagnostic Role of Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) & Observation Schedule (ADOS) in Clinic Settings: Strengths and Limitations
Ellen Braaten, PhD

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM: Neuropsychological Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ronna Fried, PhD

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Joseph Biederman, MD
Panelists: James McCracken, MD, Gagan Joshi, MD, Ellen Braaten, PhD & Ronna Fried, PhD

10:00 AM - 10:20: Coffee Break

Module Topic: ASD: Genetics & Neurobiology

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM: Genetics
Elise B. Robinson, ScD

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM: Functional Neuroimaging
Susan Gabrieli, PhD

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM: Spectroscopic Neuroimaging
Gagan Joshi, MD

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Joseph Biederman, MD
Panelists: Elise B. Robinson, ScD, Susan Gabrieli, PhD & Gagan Joshi, MD

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM: Lunch

Module Topic: ASD: Psychiatric Comorbidity

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM: ADHD
Gagan Joshi, MD

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM: Anxiety
Erica L. Greenberg, MD

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM: Mood Disorders
Janet Wozniak, MD

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM: Psychosis
Abigail Donovan, MD

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM: SUD
Amy Yule, MD

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM: Emotional Dysregulation
Joseph Biederman, MD

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM: Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Rubin, MD
Panelists: Gagan Joshi, MD, Erica L. Greenberg, MD, Janet Wozniak, MD, Abigail Donovan, MD, Amy Yule, MD & Joseph Biederman, MD

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM: Coffee Break

Module Topic: ASD: Psychosocial Interventions

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM: Effectiveness of Parent Training for Managing Children with ASD
Lawrence Scahill, MD

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Aude Henin, PhD

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM: Social Skills Training for Youth with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Scott McLeod, MD

4:20 PM - 4:40 PM: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Gagan Joshi, MD
Panelists: Lawrence Scahill, MD, Aude Henin, PhD & Scott McLeod, MD

4:40 PM - 6:10 PM: Dinner

Module Topic: Evening Seminars

6:10 PM - 7:10 PM: Legal Issues in Treating Individuals with Autism
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD

6:10 PM - 7:10 PM: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent and Caregiver's Perspective
Hosted by: Jim Braude, Kris Rondeau, Constance Sullivan & Kathleen Yazbak

6:10 PM - 7:10 PM: Department of Mental Health: Services for Individuals with ASD & Mental Illness
Hosted by: Kathy M. Sanders, MD


MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals

Regular Registration (after October 24, 2019): $475.00

Other Professionals or Trainees

Regular Registration (after October 24, 2019): $425.00


On or before December 31, 2019: $29.00

After December 31, 2019: $45.00

The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide.

As an alternative to purchasing a conference syllabus, we provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. Free wi-fi is also available throughout the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees.

We may offer a limited supply of the conference syllabus for purchase on-site, however we cannot guarantee the price or availability. We highly recommend purchasing a syllabus in advance if you want one.

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by December 11, 2019. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after December 11, 2019. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies.

Location and Accommodations

The conference will be held at The Westin Copley Place.

The hotel's address is:

10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

The discounted block rate is $185 plus 14.5% taxes per night.

To reserve a room at this discounted rate, please visit the Westin site.

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