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Kessler-Freedheim Lecture: “Disparities in the Diagnosis and Care of Children with Autism”

Almost two decades of research demonstrates autism is diagnosed later in children of color than white children, and that their service experiences and outcomes often are worse. David Mandell, the Kenneth E. Appel Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will review these disparities and how they have changed (or not) over time, discuss the causes of the disparities and offer some policy and practice solutions to ameliorate them during this year’s Kessler-Freedheim Lecture.

Mandell’s lecture, titled “Disparities in the Diagnosis and Care of Children with Autism,” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A.

The panelists will be:

  • Melissa Armstrong-Brine, director of the MetroHealth Autism Assessment Clinic;
  • Nicole Crews, chair of the Milestones Autism Resources Diversity Taskforce and Board of Directors; and
  • Cynthia Johnson, director of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism.

Lunch will be provided at the event.

Register through the Schubert Center for Child Studies website.

The annual Kessler-Freedheim lecture is held in honor of Jane Kessler, professor of psychology and former director of the Mental Development Center, and Donald Freedheim, emeritus professor of psychology and former director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies.

The International Center for Autism Research and Education will co-sponsor the event. Milestones Autism Resources is a community partner.