Past Event

Could the Male Bias in Autism be Missing Some of the Girls? - Seminars on Sex, Gender, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

October 15, 2018
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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Columbia University, 513 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Current research indicates a blind spot for girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mostly due to limitations in research design and clinical assessments, which leaves many of these young patients undiagnosed or misdiagnosed until early adulthood. Using relevant readings from research, this seminar will examine the interplay of sex and gender in how male-female phenotypes of ASD are characterized.

Rebecca Jordan-Young, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, focuses on biological claims about gender and sexuality by examining how cultural assumptions are embedded in discordant scientific models and research design and practices.

Chiara Manzini, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at George Washington University, studies the male-specific role of the CC2D1A gene in altering plasticity and behavioral phenotypes, making males more susceptible to autism than females.

Russell D. Romeo, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Barnard College, studies neuroendocrine development during puberty and adolescence and the effects of stress on neurodevelopment and behavior.

Sylvie Goldman, Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in Child Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on sex/gender factors in the early clinical diagnosis of ASD.

Natasha Yamane, MA in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, is studying the dynamics of parent-child interaction among families of young children with ASD.

Registration is free and required online. A light dinner will be served. Contact [email protected] with any questions. This is part of a series of three seminars on sex and gender in autism. Upcoming dates: November 12 and December 10, 2018.