2020 Series Dates & Times:  September 11, 18, and 25
1:00 PM  – 3:15 PM, US Eastern Time Zone

The UNC Autism Speaker Series provides the most up-to-date information on current topics in autism education, intervention, and diagnosis being researched and implemented at UNC. Content will be shared in three, two-hour virtual sessions, each highlighting UNC advancements in research and community practice from cells to services across the lifespan.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe educational, intervention, and diagnostic techniques used in virtual services for an autism population
  2. Describe best practices in clinical care for individuals with ASD across the lifespan
  3. Describe recent advances in biomedical research and treatment of individuals with autism

Presenter Names and Topics:

September  11th

  1. Genetic Treatments for ASD: The Example of the Single Gene Disorder Angelman Syndrome – Ben Philpot, Ph.D. & Hyejung Won, Ph.D.
  2. Using Evidence-Based Practices: Practical E-learning Tools for Practitioners Serving Learners with ASD – Kara Hume, Ph.D.

September  18th

  1. Hiding in Plain Sight: A Deeper Look at Females on the Autism Spectrum – Clare Harrop, Ph.D.
  2. DBT Skills Training with Autistic Adults – Brenna Maddox, Ph.D. & Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D.

September  25th

  1. Factors That Influence Treatment Outcomes in Toddlers With ASD – Rebecca Grzadzinski, Ph.D.
  2. Utilizing the Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition- High Functioning Version (CARS2-HF) in Telehealth Assessments – Mary Van Bourgondien, Ph.D.

Target Audience:  The target audience includes a range of professionals involved in the clinical care and education of autistic individuals across the lifespan, researchers in the field of autism, and autistic individuals and their family members.

Virtual Format:

The sessions will be hosted via Zoom webinar. Attendees must have high-speed internet connectivity and a personal Zoom account. To create a free Zoom account visit https://zoom.us/.  Registrants will receive an event weblink and additional instructions one week prior to the event start date.


Contact for general questions regarding registration and payment for the speaker series: TEACCH_Registrar@med.unc.edu