Attend this conference on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to hear the latest research and enhance the way you care for patients of all ages with ASD and related conditions.

The conference offers a broad review of advances in ASD research, genetics, diagnostic tools, and treatments. This includes assessment measures, neuroimaging, psychological interventions, and pharmacologic options. This is important content for clinicians in mental health, primary care, school health, pediatrics, psychology and nursing.

In every session, our faculty focus on insights that help you assess, treat and manage your patients in the best way possible. They answer questions during panel discussions and discuss complex topics face-to-face with you after their sessions. There are also Curbside Consultation hours when psychiatry experts are available to address specific questions and clinical challenges.

Our Course Directors design this conference not only to share knowledge on ASD, but to help you translate what you learn into enhanced mental health practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the diagnostic approach for autism in clinically referred populations.
  • Analyze the significant presence of various psychiatric disorders in individuals with autism and corresponding treatments
  • Discuss the clinical applicability of the latest advances in neuroimaging, genetics, and treatment research in autism
  • Describe the effects of an autism diagnosis on caregivers and the role of reducing burnout
  • Provide clinical guidance on the latest pharmaco- and behavioral therapies for autism spectrum disorders
  • Discuss the latest screening tools for autism spectrum disorders in a primary care setting
  • Examine the effects of psychiatric co-morbidity on the diagnosis, presentation, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • Describe legal and risk-management issues related to the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders


Content and faculty subject to change.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Welcome & Introduction
Gagan Joshi, MD


8:20 AM - 8:40 AM

Diagnostic Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder
James McCracken, MD

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

Assessment Tools for Screening and Diagnosis of ASD and Associated Psychopathology
Gagan Joshi, MD

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Diagnostic Role of Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) & Observation Schedule (ADOS) in Clinic Settings: Strengths and Limitations
Ellen Braaten, PhD

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

Neuropsychological Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ronna Fried, PhD

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Joseph Biederman, MD
Panelists: James McCracken, MD, Gagan Joshi, MD, Ellen Braaten, PhD & Ronna Fried, PhD.

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM



10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

Elise B. Robinson, ScD

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Functional Neuroimaging
Susan Gabrieli, PhD

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Spectroscopic Neuroimaging
Gagan Joshi, MD

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Joseph Biederman, MD
Panelists: Elise B. Robinson, ScD, Susan Gabrieli, PhD & Gagan Joshi, MD.

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM



12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

Gagan Joshi, MD

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Erica L. Greenberg, MD

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

Mood Disorders
Janet Wozniak, MD

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Abigail Donovan, MD

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Amy Yule, MD

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Emotional Dysregulation
Joseph Biederman, MD

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Rubin, MD
Panelists: Gagan Joshi, MD, Erica L. Greenberg, MD, Janet Wozniak, MD, Abigail Donovan, MD, Amy Yule, MD & Joseph Biederman, MD.

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM



3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Effectiveness of Parent Training for Managing Children with ASD
Lawrence Scahill, MD

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Aude Henin, PhD

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Social Skills Training for Youth with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Scott McLeod, MD

4:20 PM - 4:40 PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Gagan Joshi, MD
Panelists: Lawrence Scahill, MD, Aude Henin, PhD & Scott McLeod, MD.


4:40-5:40 PM

Legal Issues in Treating Individuals with Autism
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD

4:40-5:40 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent and Caregiver's Perspective
Hosted by: Jim Braude, Kris Rondeau, Constance Sullivan & Kathleen Yazbak.

4:40-5:40 PM

Department of Mental Health: Services for Individuals with ASD & Mental Illness
Hosted by: Kathy M. Sanders, MD

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary Care and Family Practice Physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychologists
  • Nursing Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • School Mental Health Counselors
  • Other Mental Health, Primary Care, and Pediatric Clinicians


  • Chief, Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD
    Director, Bressler Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Track Director, Child Psychology Training Program, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
    Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, First Episode and Early Psychosis Program
    Associate Director, Acute Psychiatry Service
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director of Neuropsychology in the Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience
    Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Staff Psychiatrist
    Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program
    OCD and Related Disorders Program

    Instructor in Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Program
    Clinical & Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California Los Angeles
    Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles
  • Executive Director, Aspire, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor in Medicine, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital/Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Deputy Commissioner for Clinical and Professional Services
    State Medical Director
    Department of Mental Health
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Assistant Professor Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Director of Clinical Trials
    Marcus Autism Center
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Emory University
  • Director, Law & Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Chief, Quality and Safety, Department of Psychiatry
    Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service
    Director, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Research Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before September 8, 2019): $375.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before October 24, 2019): $425.00
Regular Registration (after October 24, 2019): $475.00

Other Professionals or Trainees
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before September 8, 2019): $325.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before October 24, 2019): $375.00
Regular Registration (after October 24, 2019): $425.00

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.


The conference will be held at The Westin Copley Place.

The hotel's address is:
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

The discounted block rate is $185 plus 14.5% taxes per night.

To reserve a room at this discounted rate click here:


On or before December 31, 2019: $29.00
After December 31, 2019: $45.00

The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide.

As an alternative to purchasing a conference syllabus, we provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. Free wi-fi is also available throughout the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees.

We may offer a limited supply of the conference syllabus for purchase on-site, however we cannot guarantee the price or availability. We highly recommend purchasing a syllabus in advance if you want one.

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by December 11, 2019. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after December 11, 2019. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies.

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Additional Live Conferences

We offer other live conferences on various facets of mental health in addition to the conference you are currently viewing.

View a full list of our mental health conferences

CME Information

Live Event Date: January 11, 2020






AMA PRACategory
1 Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meeting the criteria for8.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 8.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.

Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities that meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Workers

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

This program has been approved for 5.75 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 81248-4



Other Professions

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


David Rubin, MD,reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH

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Live Event Date: January 11, 2020

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