Working with Autistic Individuals Across the Lifespan: Current Perspectives
Presenter: Dr. Catherine Lord
Working Group Leader: Alana McVey
About this Session: This session is an overview on current understanding of autism across the lifespan from a research perspective and linking theory with clinical practice to evaluate existing frameworks for working with autistic people across different life transitions.
About the Presenter: Dr. Catherine Lord is the George Tarjan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Education at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a practicing clinical psychologist whose primary focus is autism and related disorders across the lifespan from toddlers through adulthood. Her research and clinical work have involved the development of diagnostic instruments that describe individual profiles of skills and weaknesses and carrying out longitudinal studies from age 15 months up to 26 years with the goal of identifying protective and risk factors that influence milestones of progress over the years. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association of Arts and Sciences.