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Rhode Island Autism Update
August 9, 10:05-11:35am

Giulia Righi, Ph.D.
, Staff Psychologist, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities; Assistant Professor (Research,) Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; E. P. Bradley Hospital; Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Stephen Sheinkopf, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics; Director, RI Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment; Women & Infants Hospital; Brown Medical School

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  • Special Education, K-12, Teachers, Administrators
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This presentation is designed to provide participants with an overview of the most current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is one of the most common disorders of childhood, with an estimated prevalence of about 1 in 68 children in the United States (CDC, 2014). The assessment of this syndrome is relatively challenging because its presentation is heterogeneous, and varies depending on developmental level, cognitive functioning, language functioning, and the presence of psychiatric co-morbidities.

This presentation will offer participants an overview of evidence-based practices for the assessment and treatment of ASD from childhood to early adulthood, with an emphasis on behavioral supports in classroom or peer group settings. Presenters will share local resources for diagnostic and therapeutic services for families and schools, including an overview of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment.


Dr. Giulia Righi is a staff psychologist at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at E. P. Bradley Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Righi is focused on understanding ASD through both research and clinical services, with a primary focus on the assessment and study of those who require significant levels of psychiatric care. Her research interests are in the study of the phenotypic and psychophysiological characteristics of children and adolescents with ASD and co-morbid psychopathologies, as well as on improving diagnostic accuracy and identifying factors relevant to treatment outcomes.

Prior to joining RI-CART, Giulia completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston where she conducted research surrounding early markers of ASD using electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral measures.

Giulia received her PhD in cognitive sciences from Brown University and completed her clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf is the director and principal investigator for the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Brown University. Dr. Sheinkopf’s primary research interests include the identification of early signs of autism, the development of social communication abilities in young children with autism, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children exposed to drugs prenatally.

Dr. Sheinkopf has an active clinical practice with an emphasis on early diagnosis of and clinical management for children with autism. Throughout his career, he has served on scientific grant review panels for National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks and the Autism Research Program through the Department of Defense.

Stephen J. Sheinkopf holds a PhD from University of Miami, completed his postdoctoral training at Brown Medical School under an NRSA fellowship, and is a graduate of Tufts University.

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