Conference Schedule

Friday, April 20, 2018

  • 7:30 - 8:30 - Registration
  • 8:30 - 9:30 - Opening Keynote: John Constantino, MD 
  • 9:40 - 10:30 - Breakout 1
  • 10:40 - 11:30 - Breakout 2
  • 11:30 - 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch Keynote: Susan Levy, MD, MPH
  • 1:00 - 1:30 - Student Poster Presentations
  • 1:40 - 2:30 - Breakout 3
  • 2:40 - 3:30 - Breakout 4
  • 3:40 - 4:30 - Breakout 5






Keynote Speakers 

John Constantino

John Constantino, MD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Deconstructing Autism: Early developmental targets along the discovery frontier for higher-impact intervention

John N. Constantino, MD is Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he directs the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child Psychiatry and the University’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, one of 14 U.S. Kennedy Centers funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Constantino’s research is focused on disorders of social development in childhood, which includes family studies to elucidate mechanisms of inherited transmission of autism spectrum disorders and efforts to prevent child maltreatment as a principal cause of social impairment in childhood. His scientific contributions have focused on critical frontiers of behavioral neuroscience, including genetics, early childhood development, neuroimaging, and epidemiology. Standard methods for measuring and understanding the symptoms of autism as quantitative traits were developed by his team and are in use world-wide in clinical, educational, and research settings.  Dr. Constantino previously chaired the Missouri Mental Health Commission and the scientific steering committee of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, a U.S. national gene bank for autism. He has received lifetime achievement awards in both prevention (the Irving Philips Award) and developmental disabilities (the George Tarjan Award) from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has authored over 125 original peer-reviewed scientific papers, and maintains an active clinical practice in child and adolescent psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. 




Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH​
Director of the Autism Integrated Care Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH is board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.  She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), a member of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) at UPENN.  Her clinical activities include attending physician in outpatient clinics in DBP and Founder of the Regional Autism Clinic at CHOP.  Dr. Levy is active in policy and advocacy on a local, regional and national level. She is chair of the Autism Subcommittee for the Council on Children with Disabilities of the AAP.  She is active in research activities as a member of the Center for Autism Research (CAR) of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Levy is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Autism Treatment Network at CHOP and the SEED (Study to Explore Early Development) with UPENN School of Nursing.  Other research involvement includes early identification of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), epidemiology of ASD, clinical shared decision-making, and Complementary and Alternative Medical treatments of ASD.  



CE will be provided for Psychology and BCBA.

Certificates of attendance will be provided for all attendees.

The University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Other conference details:

  • 25 Additional Break-Out Sessions
  • Student Poster Session
  • Thursday, April 19th, Midwest Leadership Education in Neurological Disabilities Pre-Conference Session - This is free for all conference attendees. Please check if you are attending. This will feature speakers faculty and students from our regional Midwest LEND programs from Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and the University of Kansas.

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