We were delighted to stage this Autism Symposium thanks to the support of our publishers Wiley.
The evening had a series of 20-minute lectures that then lead into a panel discussion. Lectures and discussions included the role of research in autism, including pathways to mental health problems in ASD, and the wider landscape. The evening was a precursor to the 2-day Jack Tizard Memorial Lecture and Conference – ‘Expert analysis, new research: what works’ the first day will concentrate on Intellectual Disability, whilst the second will be on Autism.
Cognitive pathways to mental health problems in ASD
Dr Ann Ozsivadjian
Ann trained in clinical psychology at Oxford and has worked in the Complex Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Disability Service at the Children’s Neurosciences Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) for 14 years since qualification. Her clinical and research interests include assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in ASD and cognitive pathways to anxiety in ASD.
Key issues for practitioners
Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism, National Autistic Society
Carol joined The National Autistic Society as regional coordinator for London and the South-East in 2001 where she had responsibility for working with branches, parent groups, and local authorities. In 2005 she became head of Adult Services for the NAS, developing a strategic and modernisation plan for the National Autistic Society’s adult services, as well as leading in the identification and transfer of best practice within the organisation. As “Responsible Individual” under the Care Standards Act, Carol held responsibility on behalf of the Board of Trustees for ensuring that the National Autistic Society services meet their statutory requirements. Carol’s most recent appointment with the National Autistic Society has been as director of the Centre for Autism. The aim of the centre is to promote innovation, excellence and understanding across the autism sector and to provide a hub for greater collaboration both UK wide and internationally.