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Scientific Workshop Summary: Treatment January 16, 2008

The workshop chair, Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., remarked that the Treatment workshop participants were quite diverse and spanned the broad areas of treatment, intervention, and services for ASD. The participants began by identifying basic themes and then divided into subgroups to generate specific ideas. One subgroup focused on psychosocial treatments and services; another subgroup focused on biological or biomedical treatments; and a third subgroup considered ideas at the interface of the two approaches. The resulting research opportunities concerned topics such as: changing the developmental trajectory of ASD through early intervention; testing novel or commonly used treatments not yet studied empirically; addressing medical and psychiatric conditions that co-occur with ASD; identifying biomarkers of treatment responsiveness; compiling outcome measures sensitive to change; identifying treatments for adolescents and adults with ASD; conducting effectiveness and dissemination studies in real world communities; and, conducting cost-effectiveness studies.

Presentations of the Workshop Chairs to the Strategic Planning Workgroup (February 2008)

Treatment Workshop Participants

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.
University of Washington Autism Center
University of Washington
Bryan Jepson, M.D.
Medical Director
Thoughtful House Center for Children
Margaret Bauman, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology
Harvard Medical School
James Laidler, M.D.
Portland State University
Ellen Blackwell, M.S.W.
Health Insurance Specialist
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
David Mandell, Sc.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Tony Charman, Ph.D.
Professor, Institute of Child Health
University College London
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Special Education
University of Kansas
James Conroy, Ph.D.
Center for Outcome Analysis, Inc.
Samuel Odom, Ph.D.
Frank Porter Graham Child
Development Institute
University of North Carolina
Charles T. Gordon, M.D
Child psychiatrist in private practice
Lyn Redwood
Vice President
Coalition for SafeMinds
William Greenough, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Illinois
Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Rochester Medical Center
Lee Grossman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Autism Society of America
Sarah Spence, M.D., Ph.D.
Pediatrics &
Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch
National Institute of Mental Health
Eric Hollander, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Psychiatry
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Rady Children's Hospital
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