Carol Schall, Ph.D.
Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Staci Carr, Ph.D., VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE)
Carol Schall, Ph.D., Ph.D., VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE)
Persons with ASD have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders when compared to the general population. Studies over the past 10 years indicate that between 67% and 71% of individuals with ASD have a comorbid psychiatric condition. Often, diagnosis overshadowing occurs, attributing behaviors with autism, not with a co-occurring mental health issues. Additionally, there are socioeconomic and cultural discrepancies in diagnosis. During this webcast, you will learn the co-occurring conditions often associated with ASD, characteristics, and how to get the support you need as well as things that you can do at home or school to make sure that your concerns are documented.
Staci Carr received a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1993, Staci has been working and conducting research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically addressing Social Skills Training and Social Competence, Quality of Life, Transition to College, and Relationships and Sexuality, and first responder training and preparedness. She has worked in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia developing programs to support individuals in a variety of settings with varying abilities. Additionally, Dr. Carr has consulted nationally on issues related to adolescents and young adults with ASD.
Dr. Carol Schall is the Co-Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence, the Director of the Virginia Autism Resource Center, and the Principal Investigator in the development of the Community Based Functional Skills Assessment for Transition Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a grant funded by Autism Speaks. She has over 30 years experience supporting adolescents and adults with ASD as a teacher, administrator, researcher, and consultant. Dr. Schall is also the co-developer and research coordinator for Project SEARCH Plus ASD Supports. Additionally, Dr. Schall has consulted nationally and internationally on issues related to adolescents and young adults with ASD.
* This webcast was cofunded by the Virginia Department of Education (Grant #881-APE61172-H027A170107) and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90DP0051).