Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.

APS Award Address

New Directions in Early Detection and Intervention in Autism

Friday, May 25, 2012, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Sheraton Ballroom III

Geraldine Dawson

Geraldine Dawson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Autism Speaks

Recent prospective studies of infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have provided insights into very early development in autism and allowed clinicians to develop new screening tools for identifying infants at risk for ASD. At the same time that early screening tools are being developed, novel approaches to early intervention are being tested with infants at risk for ASD as young as 12 months of age. The hope is that, by intervening very early in life, the course of early brain and behavioral development can be modified and the core symptoms of autism can be significantly reduced, or even prevented in some cases. This presentation will discuss the state of the science and future directions in early detection and intervention, with a focus on the infant-toddler period.

Geraldine Dawson is a recipient of a 2012 Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award.

Geraldine Dawson in the news: CNN (Feb 17, 2012)and Today Show (Mar 30, 2012).

Read the APS Daily Observation on Geraldine Dawson.

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