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Meet the PI Lecture November 3, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Meet the PI Lecture

Emotion Dysregulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder

 Carla Mazefsky, PhD
 Associate Professor of Psychiatry
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine





Dr. Mazefsky received her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in clinical psychology after completion of her predoctoral internship at Brown University School of Medicine. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics before joining the faculty in Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2006. In 2009, she moved to the Department of Psychiatry. She leads the Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults, Children, and Teens (REAACT) Lab, where her team conducts investigations of mechanisms underlying emotion regulation in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the development of new assessment and treatment approaches for emotional and behavioral concerns. She has been recognized by International Society for Autism Research with the Slifka-Ritvo Award for Innovation in Autism Research for her work on measure development. In addition to this measure development study, her current projects include a multi-site study of psychiatric inpatients with ASD and a clinical trial of an intervention to improve emotion regulation in adolescents and young adults with ASD that she co-developed. 

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the role that emotion regulation plays in daily functioning and outcomes in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  2. Describe new assessment and treatment approaches for emotion dysregulation in ASD
  3. Understand that changes in physiological arousal may precede aggression and other forms of dysregulated emotions and behavior in ASD

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

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