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Autism Discovery Institute

UC San Diego/Rady Children’s Autism Research and Practice Monthly CME Seminar

Seminars are held on the fourth Friday of the month from 8-9 a.m. via Zoom only.

Course Director: Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.

Course Coordinator: Dayna Stout

Please contact Dayna Stout for updated information on presentations, monthly Zoom links and to receive CME credit at

Upcoming Seminars

June 25, 2021: Kristen Wigby, M.D. (UC San Diego/Rady Children’s) Precision Genomic Medicine for Developmental Brain Disorders: Incorporating Genomic Sequencing into Multi-Disciplinary Care

Past Seminars

May 28, 2021:  Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D. (UC San Diego/Rady Children’s) and Kassandra Martinez, M.S. (SDSU/UCSD). Testing the Effectiveness, Implementation, and Cultural Adaptation of “An Individualized Mental Health Intervention for ASD”

April 23, 2021: Paul Luelmo, Ph.D. (SDSU). Randomized Pilot Study of a Special Education Advocacy Program for Latinx Parents of Children with Autism

March 26, 2021: Kristin Gist, M.S., Abbey Hye, M.A., BCBA, and Dayna Stout, B.A. (RCHSD). Implementing an Autism-Friendly Health System Initiative at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Feb. 26, 2021: Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D., M.B.A .(UC Davis). Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research: The STAAR Trial of CBT and sertraline vs. Pill Placebo. View presentation slides.

Jan. 22, 2021: Kelsey Dickson, Ph.D. (SDSU/CASRC). Adapting An Executive Functioning Intervention for ASD:  Implementing Unstuck and On Target in Mental Health Services 

Oct. 23, 2020: Aaron Besterman, M.D. (RCHSD/UCSD) The Integration of Genomics into Acute Care Psychiatry: Precision Medicine on the Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service. View presentation slides.

Sept. 25, 2020: Gohar Gyurjyan, Ph.D. and Rachel Vedder, Ph.D. (San Diego Regional Center). San Diego Regional Center Eligibility and Services for School-Age Children with ASD. View presentation slides.

Aug. 28, 2020: Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, M.D. M.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine Boston Medical Center, The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center: Improving the Hospital Experience for Patients with Autism. View presentation slides.

July 24, 2020: Themba Carr, Ph.D., and Meghan Lukasik, Ph.D. (RCHSD), Finding a new (and then new again) normal. The provision of autism-focused diagnostic and treatment services during COVID-19. View presentation slides.

June 26, 2020: Lindsay Olson, M.S., and Bosi Chen (SDSU/UC San Diego), Neural correlates of socioeconomic status and language skills in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. View presentation slides.

May 22, 2020: Samuel L. Odom, Ph.D. (Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/SDSU), Evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism: The third generation. View presentation slides.

CME Accreditation: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


  • To increase knowledge of the latest research and practice innovations related to the causes, assessment, treatment, or services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
  • To identify applications of evidence-based diagnostics and treatment practices to routine care for individuals with ASD.
  • To understand approaches to navigate complex community services for ASD.

Target Audience: Medical professionals nurse practitioners, neurologists, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, community practitioners, psychologists, social workers and behavioral specialists who specialize in autism.