ADDRESSING COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Presented by: Gladney University
Dr. Robin P. Kochel, Ph.D. will present Addressing Common Questions About Autism Spectrum Disorder. A current overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through the framework of commonly asked questions:
- What is it?
- How common is it?
- Who is affected?
- Who is at risk?
- When does it develop?
- When is it detected/diagnosed?
- What causes (and does not cause) it?
- How is it treated/managed?
- What do families need to know now?
The most current research addressing these questions will be discussed, as well as next steps in these lines of research, practical information for affected families, and the value of families' participation in autism research.
About the Speaker
Robin Kochel, Ph.D.
Dr. Robin Kochel is a full-time research psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Her expertise in the phenotypic characterization and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She received master’s degrees from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Baylor College of Medicine in the areas of Child & Family Studies and Clinical Investigation, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Since 2003, Dr. Kochel’s research has primarily focused on characterization of individuals with ASD and related genetic conditions, including management of three large, network-affiliated studies supported by the prestigious Simons Foundation. Her involvement in these network efforts have helped her to launch specific programs of research on causes and consequences of developmental regression in ASD, how parent perceptions about ASD influence their health-related behaviors, and emergent vaccine hesitancy resulting from fears about ASD.
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