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Prof. Fred Volkmar - Advances in Autism: Understanding the Social Brain

A presentation by the Chief of Child Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, and worldwide authority on autism.

   

Date: Tuesday, Oct 23rd

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, Hearst Center for Health Education

Cost: Free but you must register. 
RSVP: Click here to reserve your seat


The Yale Club of Silicon Valley is very excited to host Professor Fred Volkmar, renowned author, clinician and researcher in the subject of autism.
 
Autism and related conditions are thought to be fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States according to the CDC.  Dr. Volkmar will speak about the developments in diagnosis and treatment of autism with an emphasis on new research findings and clinical implications.  Since 1950, the Child Study Center has conducted work in this area; today, the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic is globally known for its complementary and interrelated program of research and clinical efforts. Research includes studies of definition and classification of autism, the development of symptoms, neuropsychology, speech-language and communication, social mind and social brain, real-life skills and outcome, neurochemistry and neurobiology, and genetics. Because research priorities are inspired by daily work in the clinic’s playrooms, studies have a direct impact on the services offered to children with autism and their families, as well as on educational and treatment programming in non-clinical settings including classrooms. In addition, Dr. Volkmar will discuss the uses of and needs for technology in the service of intervention.
 
We hope you can join us for a special evening in a close conversation with Dr. Volkmar. 
Refreshments will be served begining at 5:30.  The talk will start at 6:00 PM.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Yale School of Medicine's Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.  We thank Yale alumna Dr. Susan Ryu and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for their help in securing the venue for this event.

Biographical Sketch
 
Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale University Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine.  He is also the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.  A graduate of the University of Illinois where he received in undergraduate degree in psychology in 1972 and of Stanford  University where he received his MD and a master’s degree in psychology in 1976  Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section.  He is the author of several hundred scientific papers and chapters as well as a number of books including A Practical Guide to Autism (Wiley Press), Asperger’s Syndrome (Guilford Press), Health Care for Children on the Autism Spectrum (Woodbine Publishing), and the Handbook of Autism (Wiley Publishing).  He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry and now serves as Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.   He has served as co-chairperson of the autism/intellectual disabilities committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.   In addition to having directed the internationally known autism clinic he also served as director of the autism research program at Yale before becoming chair of his department.  Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of several major grants including a CPEA (Collaborative Program of Excellent in Autism) grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Autism Center Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

Directions and Parking

The entrance to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation is on El Camino between Embarcadero and University.  The Hearst Education Center is located on the third floor of the Jamplis Building.  Note carefully which garage and which section of the garage you have parked your vehicle as first time visitors sometimes have trouble finding their cars.  For a map of the Palo Alto campus click here


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