Annual Autism Conference: April 4, 2019
Kasia Chawarska, PhD is the Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, Director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of the Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Dr. Chawarska is a leading expert in research on identifying early diagnostic markers and novel treatment targets in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She leads the NIH Autism Center of Excellence at the Yale Child Study Center.
Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD is a clinical psychologist, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and the Executive Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program. She oversees TEACCH’s clinical services including seven regional centers, a supported employment program, and the Carolina Living and Learning Center, an integrated vocational and residential program for adults. Her research includes the study of learning differences in individuals with ASD and the development of community-based intervention programs to promote successful adult outcomes.
Peter Gerhardt, EdD is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the Founding Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research.
Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University School of Medicine. He served as Director of the Yale Child Study Center from 2006 through 2014. He has dedicated his career to understanding and treating children with developmental disorders and is a leader in the field of autism research. He is editor of the Journal of Autism, and he is a gifted clinician and teacher.
Aaltje van Zweden van Buuren is the founder and current board member of the Papageno Foundation which offers support to families of children with autism. In 2015, she opened the Papageno House, a home for assisted living and working for young adults with autism. In November 2016, she received the prestigious Hélène de Montigny Prize for her outstanding work for people with autism. Her book ‘A blessing in disguise’ was published in 2017 (Ambo/Anthos). It is a moving story about a mother who processes her own childhood experiences through her struggle for her son’s happiness.
Eli Lebowitz, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and Associate Director of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program at the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with special emphasis on cross-generational and familial influences in these disorders. Dr. Lebowitz is the lead investigator on multiple funded research projects and is the author of numerous research papers and of books and chapters on childhood and adolescent anxiety.
Kelly K. Powell, PhD , an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Toddler Disabilities Clinic, Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Powell specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), from birth to young adulthood, and their families. Her current research focus is in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based parenting interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Kathy Koenig, MSN, APRN is the Director of the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center, and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry. Her research involves using evidence-based intervention methods in a group therapy framework to help children improve their ability to participate meaningfully in social interaction with others. She has published on gender differences in ASD and the growth trajectory of girls who are diagnosed with the disorder. She is the author of: Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child Specific Intervention.
Roger Jou, MD, PhD is an Instructor at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, and founder of Community Autism Socials at Yale (Project CASY), who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Jou’s research involves characterization of abnormal connectivity in autism spectrum disorders using multiple neuroimaging modalities. Specific clinical interests include issues related to adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.