Past Special Interest Groups
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IMFAR 2016 Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

Implementing and Evaluating Community-Based Early Intervention
Session Chairs: Kristelle Hudry & Giacomo Vivanti
Co-Leader (ECR): Melissa Maye

Moving Past the Categories: Creating Novel Re-conceptualizations of the ASD Diagnosis and Phenotype
Session Chairs: Eric London, Christopher Gillberg
Faculty: Nancy Minshew, Emanuel Dicicco-Bloom, Susan Hyman, Tristram Smith, Margaret Bauman, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Matthew Maenner

Older Adults with ASD: The Consequences of Aging
Session Chairs: Hilde Geurts
Co-Leader: Amanda Roestorf

Suicidality in Autism Spectrum Conditions: Setting Priorities for Future Research
Session Chairs: Sarah Cassidy, Jacqui Rodgers, Mikle South, Lori McIlwain
Co-Leaders: Magda Glod and Kathryn Cook

Anxiety in Autism: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Treatment
Session Chair: Mikle South
Co-Leader: Alana McVey

Bridging the Research/Application Gap: Incorporating Autistic Intellect in Research Design and Evaluation
Session Chairs: Dena L. Gassner and Stephen Shore

Multiple Risk Factors for ASD: Genetic Predisposition and Environmental Influences
Session Chair: Heather Volk
Co-Leader: Shannon Ellis

IMFAR 2015 SIGS

Creating Patient Centric Information Commons for Autism Research
Session Chairs: Isaac Kohane and Megan O’Boyle

Anxiety in Autism: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Treatment
Session Chairs: Mikle South, Amy Van Hecke, Alana McVey

Minimally Verbal Individuals
Session Chairs: Nancy Jones, Terry Katz, Connie Kasari

Multiple Risk Factors for ASD: Genetic Predisposition and Environmental Influences
Session Chairs: Heather Volk and Gayle Windham

ASD and Sex Offenses: Guidance for the Criminal Justice System
Session Chair: Dr. Laurie Sperry
Co-Chairs: Dr. Rachel Loftin, Dr. Philip O’Donnell, Dr. Alexander Westphal, Hannah Heyward, Ph.D. candidate

Implementing and Evaluating Community-Based Early Intervention
Session Chairs: Dr. Kristelle Hudry and Dr. Giacomo Vivanti

Technology and Autism
Session Chair: Sue Fletcher-Watson
Committee: Alyssa Alcorn, Renae Beaumont, Ouriel Grynszpan, Mari MacFarland, Helen Pain, Katharina Spiel

Approaching Adulthood: Transitional and Vocational Issues in ASD
Session Chairs: Dr. David Nicholas and Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

IMFAR 2014 SIGS

Risk Assessment, Management and ASD
Chair: Dr. Laurie Sperry
Co-Chairs: Dr. Gary Mesibov, Dr. Todd Milford, Dr. Philip O’Donnell

Approaching Adulthood: Transitional and Vocational Issues in ASD
Co-Chairs: Dr. David Nicholas and Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Technology and Autism
Chair: Sue Fletcher-Watson
Committee: Gregory Abowd, Alyssa Alcorn, Renae Beaumont, Judith Good, Ouriel Grynszpan, Mari MacFarland, Helen Pain

Global Knowledge Translation for Research on Early Identification and Intervention in Autism
Co-Chairs: Mayada Elsabbagh and Petrus de Vries

Autism Social, Legal and Ethical Research
Co-Chairs: Liz Pellicano, Ph.D., Michael Yudell, Ph.D., Bryna Siegel, Ph.D.

Minimally Verbal Individuals
Co-Chairs: Nancy Jones, Ph.D., Terry Katz, Ph.D., Connie Kasari, Ph.D.

Sensory Motor Special Interest Group (SMIG)
Co-Chairs: Alison Lane and Justin Williams

IMFAR 2013 SIGS

Autism SMIG 2013
Chairs: Allison Lane and Justin Williams

Females with ASD
Chairs: Alexandra Head and William Mandy

Relationship Between Criminal Justice Policy and ASDs
Chair: Laurie Sperry

Technology and Autism — Developing a Framework for Best Practice in Design, Development, Evaluation and Dissemination of Autism-Specific Technologies
Chair: Sue Fletcher-Watson

Minimally Verbal Individuals
Chairs: Nancy Jones, Ph.D., Terry Katz, Ph.D., Connie Kasari, Ph.D.

Approaching Adulthood: Transitional and Vocational Issues
Chairs: David Nicholas and Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Autism Social, Ethical, and Legal Research
Chairs: Liz Pellicano , Bryna Siegel and Michael Yudell

Global Knowledge Translation for Research on Early Identification and Intervention in Autism
Chairs: Mayada Elsabbagh and Petrus de Vries

IMFAR 2012 SIGS

Global Knowledge Translation for Research on Early Identification and Intervention in Autism
Co-Chairs: Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh, McGill University and Dr. Petrus de Vries, University of Cape Town

Sleep in Autism
Co-Chairs: Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Vanderbilt University and Amanda Richdale, Ph.D., LaTrobe University

Contextually-based Intervention Research in ASD
Co-Chairs: Laura Anthony, Ph.D. and Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D., Children’s National Medical Center

Postmortem Brain Tissue Research in Autism
Co-Chairs: Cyndi Schumann, Ph.D., UC Davis MIND Institute and Robert Ring, Ph.D., Autism Speaks

Autism Social, Ethical, and Legal Research
Co-Chairs: Dr. Liz Pellicano, Institute of Education, University of London, Dr. Bryna Siegel, University of California San Francisco and Dr. Michael Yudell, Drexel University

Sensory and Motor Features in Autism
Co-Chairs: Dr. Alison Lane, The Ohio State University and Dr. Justin Williams, University of Aberdeen Medical School

Female Profile in ASD
Co-Chairs: Alexandra Head, Deakin University, Australia and Dr. William Mandy, University College, London

EEG/MEG in Autism
Chair: Sara Jane Webb, Ph.D., University of Washington

IMFAR 2012 SIGS

Motor Action Development (MAD)
Organizer: Justin Williams, MD, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, University of Aberdeen

Sensory Features in Autism
Moderators: Alison Lane PhD, OTR/L, The Ohio State University, Roseann Schaaf PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Thomas Jefferson University, Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carissa Cascio, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Postmortem Brain Tissue Research in Autism
Organizers: Cynthia Schumann, Ph.D., UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and Daniel Lightfoot, Ph.D., Autism Tissue Program

EEG/MEG
Organizers: Sara Jane Webb, PhD, University of Washington and James McPartland, PhD, Yale Child Study Center

Contextually-Valid Interventions for School-Aged Children
Organizers: Laura Anthony, PhD and Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, Children’s National Medical Center, The George Washington University

Sleep
Organizers: Beth Malow, MD, MS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN and Amanda Richdale, PhD, LaTrobe University, Victoria, Australia

 
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