This year the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics & Human Development and the Michigan State University Research in Autism, Intellectual, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) initiative partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to present the first Michigan State University Autism Family-Professional Conference on July 28th, 2016. Held at the Henry Center at Michigan State University's East Lansing campus, the conference distinguished itself by its accessibility not only to researchers and health professionals, but to families and caregivers looking to better understand the autism spectrum.

Videos and pictures of the day's proceedings may be found below:




Keynote Presentation: Anthony Ianni, Michigan Department of Civil Rights


Panel Discussion


Family Track Presentations:


Part 1 

  1. Neuroimaging Evidence in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Presented by Jodene Fine, PhD
  2. Resource Panel
  3. Supporting Families of Individuals with ASD: The what and the how - Presented by Katherine Pickard, MA


Part 2

  1. How learning more about what goes on in pregnancy can help us understand where autism comes from - Presented by Nigel Paneth, MD
  2. Social Vulnerabilities of Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD - Presented by Marisa Fisher, PhD


Professional Track Presentations:



Part 1

  1. The role of primary care physicians in screening, evaluation, and management of a child with Autistic spectrum disorder - Presented by Olga Napolova, MD
  2. Introduction to applied Behavior Analysis - Presented by Ana Dueñas, MA
  3. Health - Promotional Wellness - Presented by Sharon Milberger, PhD


Part 2

  1. Diagnostic/Assessment - Presented by Fiona Miller, PhD
  2. Medication and Autism: Evidence and Experience - Presented by Lauren O'Connell, MD


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2016 MSU Autism Family-Professional Conference