ECHO Autism: Bringing the Best Autism Care to Local Communities

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Vanderbilt is partnering with primary care providers in the community in a research study through a virtual learning network, ECHO Autism. Autism medical and behavioral specialists at Vanderbilt will work alongside primary care providers in the community to provide increased knowledge, learning, and confidence in treating patients with autism.

We will offer twice-monthly ECHO Autism Clinics over a 6-month period, beginning June 8, 2017 through November 30, 2017. The clinics will use a secure video conferencing technology that allows you to interact with a team of autism specialists at Vanderbilt as well as other participating primary care providers in the community. The clinics will last approximately 2 hours and no PHI will be disclosed. CME credits will be offered for attending the clinics, and providers will be compensated for their participation in the study. Joining the clinic is easy and can be done from your phone or any device with video-conferencing ability. Ultimately, we hope to determine if participation in a collaborative telehealth intervention will result in improved learning, clinical practice behavior and efficacy among primary care providers.

Aside from clinic participation twice a month, we will ask the participating physician to complete questionnaires at four different time points during the study. We will also conduct chart reviews for children who are seen by the community physician in clinic at four different points. These chart reviews may be conducted on-site or remotely and will not collect any PHI.


Our Team

Our ECHO Autism Team consists of a developmental behavioral pediatrician, child psychologist, dietitian, family resource navigator, parent advocate/neurologist, and study coordinator




Dr. Quentin Humberd, MD

Dr. Quentin Humberd, MD: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Hub Team Lead: Dr. Humberd is a board certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician with over three decades of experience providing pediatric care. He is currently the medical director of the Screening Tools and Referral Training (START) program for the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was most recently the Director of the Child and Family Behavioral Health System and Chief of the Exceptional Family Member Program, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He served as President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2006-2008. Dr. Humberd has an extensive history in primary care pediatric practice and has participated in primary care provider training, policy development and implementation. He maintains a clinical faculty appointment as Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.




Dr. Beth Malow, MD

Dr. Beth Malow, MD: Neurologist and Parent Advocate, Principal Investigator: Dr. Malow is Principal Investigator of the Autism Treatment Network at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the ECHO Autism study. She is a Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director of Vanderbilt’s Sleep Division, and board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Malow had presented and published extensively in the field of autism spectrum disorders, particularly related to sleep and other medical co-occurring conditions. She fosters multidisciplinary collaborations examining the relation of sleep disorders to a variety of neurological, medical, and psychiatric disorders, including developmental disabilities. Dr. Malow also co-leads a Telehealth program supporting community providers who care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.




Whitney Loring, PsyD

Whitney Loring, PsyD: Child Psychologist: Dr. Loring is a licensed clinical psychologist. As part of the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)’s Professional Development and Training team, Dr. Loring’s responsibilities include developing and conducting trainings and consultation for parents, educators, and providers in the community regarding evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She oversees TRIAD’s Families First program, which is a free monthly workshop series for parents of young children with ASD. Her research interests include developing and evaluating intervention strategies that address behavioral pediatric concerns for children with autism spectrum disorders (e.g., sleep concerns and toileting difficulties) and the effectiveness of various models of parent training and consultation.




Andrea Huxtable, RD: Dietitian

Andrea Huxtable, RD: Dietitian: Andrea Huxtable is a Registered Dietitian at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Andrea serves children and adolescents in the Division of Developmental Medicine and is experienced in managing patients with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disabilities. She also has clinics at Vanderbilt in Pediatric Gastroenterology and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her focus areas include developmental milestones, feeding advancement, formula modifications, and weight management.




Nina Harris, MS

Nina Harris, MS: Family Resource Navigator: Nina has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and is dedicated to helping professionals and families find the best available resources in their area. As the Family Services Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nina manages the Vanderbilt Autism Resource Line. This phone line serves as a gateway to clinical and research, training programs, and other resources at Vanderbilt and in the community. Nina helps to serve families, caregivers, clinicians, educators, and others in need of autism-related resources.




Bethany Drury, MS

Bethany Drury, MS: Study Coordinator: Bethany holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and serves as the Autism Treatment Network and ECHO Autism site coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As the coordinator, Bethany will work closely with participating providers from the community in order to help facilitate case presentations from providers who are seeking feedback on challenging cases they have seen in clinic, as well as other study procedures.

Contact

If you are a primary care provider who is interested in learning more about ECHO Autism or participating in the research study, please contact the study coordinator, Bethany Drury at: 615-343-1729 or Bethany.Drury@Vanderbilt.edu.

You may also visit this website: https://thompsoncenter.missouri.edu/autism-training/echo-autism/ to learn more about all of the ECHO Autism sites included in this study.