VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research hold biennial conference, ‘Autism in the COVID-19 era’

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research’s biennial autism conference is set to take place Friday afternoon, featuring a number of speakers discussing cutting edge research related to biomedical/imaging, technology, intervention, and sibling relationship topics.

The theme for the conference is “Autism in the COVID-19 Era.”

In addition to other speakers, the conference — which is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23 — will include a keynote address from Dr. Micah Mazurek, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at the University of Virginia and the Director of Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) program.

This event will be held for free via Zoom. However, during registration there is an option to make a gift at checkout to benefit the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic.


  • 2 to 2:15 p.m. — Welcome and VTAC/CAR overview
  • 2:15 to 3 p.m. — Keynote speaker Dr. Micah Mazurek, “Leveraging Technology to Enhance Access to Best-Practice Care for Autism”
  • 3:15 to 3:35 p.m. — Katrina Ostmeyer, “OASIS-Parent Training: A Novel Approach to Service Deserts”
  • 3:35 to 3:55 p.m. — Ligia Antezana, “Neural Mechanisms of Circumscribed Interests and Intense Fascinations among Adults with ASD”
  • 4:10 to 4:30 p.m. — Christina McDonnell, “Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Teens with Autism”
  • 4:30 to 4:50 p.m. — Carolyn Shivers, “ASD Sibling Relationships in College”
  • 4:50 to 5 p.m. — Closing remarks and the SAFE Community Champion Award

You can register for the event by clicking here. For more information, email vtautismcenter@vt.edu.

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