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UCB School Psychology Conference: Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorder

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53rd Annual UCB School Psychology Conference

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Putting Pieces Together: Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Current Understanding of Autism and Evidence-based Interventions

Friday, March 19, 2021

8:30AM - 4:00PM


CEUs available through CASP. See below for details.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) manifests in a broad range of symptoms characterized by challenges with social skills, speech and nonverbal communication as well as repetitive behaviors. According to the Centers for Disease Control estimate, ASD affects 1 in 54 children in the United States today. The diagnosis of ASD has dramatically evolved over the past half-century and its clinical characteristics and criteria have also changed and expanded. This conference brings together three experts to provide our audience with up-to-date research on the current understanding of ASD and the evidence-based interventions for social communication and social skills. Dr. Peter Mundy (Director of Educational Research, UC Davis MIND Institute), Dr. Mina Park (Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), and Dr. Connie Kasari (Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) have a wealth of knowledge in ASD research as well as experiences in supporting students with ASD. They will provide attendees with cutting-edge information and practical tools in order to better address the challenges associated with ASD.


  • School Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Administrators
  • Educational Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Education and Psychology Students
  • Other Healthcare Professionals


We will offer 6 hours of CEUs from the California Association of School Psychology (CASP). Please note that due to this year's conference being held virtually, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) has required that participants complete a quiz and receive a 70% or higher at the end of the conference in order to obtain (CEUs). The quiz will be emailed to you at the end of the conference. No partial credits will be given. We cannot yet offer CEUs from APA.


We have a rate for current students. If you are not a UC Berkeley School Psychology student, please use your school email to register for the conference. We may verify your student status with your professors.



$60 - general registration


$20 - general registration

CASP CEUs - optional add on


Please note that due to this year's conference being held virtually, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) has required that participants complete a quiz and receive a 70% or higher at the end of the conference in order to obtain (CEUs). The quiz will be emailed to you at the end of the conference.


Confirmations of registration are sent via email automatically when you register online. If you have not received confirmation within five days of registering, please contact us at ucbschpsyc@gmail.com.


We reserve the right to change any elements of the conference. Refunds will be made if a written request is received by March 1 addressed to ucbschpsyc@gmail.com. Registration fees will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be made after March 1.


08:30 - 09:00 Welcome and Introductions

09:00 - 10:30 Dr. Peter Mundy

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Dr. Mina Park

12:15 - 01:15 Lunch Break

01:15 - 02:45 Dr. Connie Kasari

02:45 - 03:00 Break

03:00 - 03:45 Q & A and Closing


Dr. Peter Mundy is the director of Educational Research at UC Davis MIND Institute. For the last 4 decades, Dr. Mundy has studied the role that joint attention impairments play in the nature, diagnosis and treatment of autism. His research has contributed to identifying the behavioral and neurodevelopmental role of impairments in joint attention in the social-communication and social-cognitive phenotype of preschool children with autism. That work has contributed to the development of assessment methods such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, developed by Cathy Lord, as well as early intervention methods such as JASPER (Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation) developed by Dr. Connie Kasari. Dr. Mundy’s joint attention research has also informed the social-cognitive neuroscience of autism. Most recently, Dr. Mundy has begun to focus on understanding the development and treatment of autism in school-aged children. These efforts have involved the use of virtual reality to develop new methods for research with older children and a longitudinal study of the academic development, cognition and the social-communication phenotype of 8- through 16-year-old higher functioning children with ASD. The latter has focused on describing and conceptualizing problems in reading, writing and mathematics in students with ASD. This line of research suggests that the cognitive and social cognitive factors that give rise to the difficulties with learning and social communication development in preschool children with autism subsequently lead to heightened risk for learning disabilities and especially reading disability among verbal students with autism.

Dr. Mina Park is an assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Center for ASD and NDDs. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). In her role, Dr. Park spends most of her time conducting comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and providing a range of evidence-informed/based treatment services to children, teens, adults, parents, and families. Dr. Park has a particular interest in understanding the impact of emotion dysregulation and psychiatric conditions on social competency.

Dr. Connie Kasari is a professor of Human Development and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Connie Kasari received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and has been the primary advisor to more than 70 PhD students. She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA. Her research aims to develop novel, evidence-tested interventions implemented in community settings. Recent projects include targeted treatments for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school aged children with autism. She leads several large multi-site studies including a network on interventions for minimally verbal school aged children with ASD, and a network that aims to increase equity in access to interventions for children with ASD who are under-represented in research trials. She is on the science advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

If you have any questions, please contact us through our email at ucbschpsyc@gmail.com.

Best Regards,

School Psychology Conference Committee

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

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