Autism from 2 to 30: Looking Backward to Look Forward

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Autism from 2 to 30: Looking Backward to Look Forward


Event Info
Category Date and Time
  • Wednesday, May 04, 2022
  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Topic and Speaker
  • Autism from 2 to 30: Looking Backward to Look Forward
  • Catherine Lord PhD
    • George Tarjan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
    • UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior
    Catherine Lord

  • In-person
  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
  • 1601 W. Taylor St.
  • Chicago IL 60612
  • Conference Room
    • Auditorium, Room 109
Event Coordinator
  • Department of Psychiatry Education Team
  • psych-education [at]
Event Details

The presentation will also be livestreamed:

Register in advance for the meeting. Registration is required to access the Zoom link and to be emailed the CME evaluation (even if you attend in-person):
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A link to access CME evaluations will be sent to attendees after the presentation. (Note: Completed evaluations are required to obtain CME credit)

Dr. Catherine Lord is the George Tarjan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a practicing clinical psychologist whose primary focus is autism and related disorders across the lifespan from toddlers through adulthood. Her research and clinical work are aimed at improving methods of identifying strengths and difficulties in individuals with possible ASD and working with families and individuals to maximize independence and well-being for all concerned. This has involved the development of diagnostic instruments (the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - ADOS, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised – ADI-R, and the Social Communication Questionnaire-SCQ) that describe individual profiles of skills and weaknesses and carrying out longitudinal studies from age 15 months up to 30 years with the goal of identifying protective and risk factors that influence milestones of progress over the years. A current priority is to develop better ways of measuring changes in social behavior and communication over short periods of time that can be used to monitor progress without bias. Another priority has been to participate in large scale studies where researchers share data about both behavior and neurobiology; this has included the Simons Simplex Collection (a genetics consortium led by geneticists and researchers through the Simons Foundation), ABIDE (an imaging open science group originated out of NYU), and the Healthy Brain Network through the Child Mind Institute as well as numerous clinical trials of different interventions. She is also very interested in graduate training for psychologists and other clinical researchers in ASD and related fields. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association of Arts and Sciences, as well as a former chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee on the effectiveness of early intervention in ASD, a co-chair of the New York Board of Health committee on ASD and a member of the DSM 5 American Psychiatry Association’s neurodevelopmental disorders committee. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Autism Research. She has over 300 referred journal publications and has been funded by NIH, Autism Speaks, and the Simons Foundation for numerous research grants.


Psychiatrists, Neurologists, and other affiliated professionals interested in mental health


To provide current information on research, treatment, and policy issues relating to psychiatry and its adjunct fields

Instructional level:



  1. Identify key factors affecting outcomes in autism.
  2. Describe different goals for adult outcomes.
  3. Differentiate subjective and objective outcomes.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1credit AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units (1) will be available for Social Workers and affiliated reciprocal agencies. Illinois Board License number 159-000112.

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This event is 1 credit hour continuing education.

No member of the planning committee for this activity have reported a relevant relationship with a commercial interest.  There is no conflict of interest and nothing to disclose.

Dr. Lord has disclosed providing consultant services Greenwich Pharma, Kyo, and SpringTide and receiving royalties from Western Psychological Services.