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Vanderbilt Surprising Connections in Autism and Innovation

Date: November 17, 2017

Time: 8:15AM to 4:45PM

Location: Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Rooms 237 & 235

Vanderbilt Surprising Connections in Autism and Innovation

Friday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Rooms 237 & 235

Co-sponsors: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC), VKC Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Vanderbilt School of Engineering

Join the newly created Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation (VCAI) for a day of sharing, learning, exploring, and brainstorming! This event is for those at Vanderbilt involved in autism work — and those open to future engagement — especially for understanding neurodiverse capabilities, developing supportive technologies, matching individuals’ strengths to meaningful work, and advancing innovation in the marketplace.

The daylong event will include:

  • Presentations of innovative interdisciplinary work
  • Lightning talks related to two poster sessions
  • Demonstrations of technologies and novel approaches

Call for Abstracts: VCAI Poster Sessions

Submit a poster abstract if you have work to share, even if tangentially related. Click here to submit an abstract.


  • 8:15 a.m.:
    Registration and Poster Hanging Opens
    Continental breakfast available
  • 8:45 a.m.:
    Welcome and Charge
    Keivan Stassun,
    Ph.D., VCAI Director, Stevenson Endowed Professor of Physics & Astronomy
  • 9:00 a.m.:
    Novel Measures and Technologies for Understanding Neuro-Diverse Capabilities
    Frank Tong,
    Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Perception and Neuroscience Lab
    Maithilee Kunda*, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Visual Analogical Systems
  • 10:15 a.m.:
    Lightning Talks Previewing Posters in Session #1 (3 min max, 2 PPT slides max)
  • 10:45 a.m.:
    Poster Session 1 and Demonstrations (Lunch/”finger food” available starting 11:15 a.m.)
    • Dayi Bian, “Design of a multi-sensory stimulation and data capture system for investigating multisensory trajectories in infancy”
    • Emelyne Bingham, “Effects of motor training on perceptions of phonomimetic gesture in neurotypical children and children with autism spectrum disorder”
    • Dan Burger, “Filtergraph: A Web-Based Interface for Visualization of Large Datasets”
    • T.A. McDonald, “Spectrum Pathways Goal Attainment Program Relationships between Identity and Self-Efficacy, Problem Solving, and Psychological Health”
    • Fernanda Monteiro Eliott, “Visual Data Exploration: How Expert Astronomers Use Flipbook-Style Visual Approaches to Understand New Data”
    • Guangtao Nie, “Robot-mediated Response to Joint Attention System for Children with Autism”
    • Joshua Wade, “Pilot test of an adaptive gaze-sensitive social intervention technology for adolescents with ASD”
    • Huan Zhao/Zhaobo Zheng, “Design of a Haptic-Gripper Virtual Reality System (Hg) for Assessing Fine Motor Behaviors in Children with Autism”
  • 12:00 p.m.:
    Employment for Adults with Autism and Advancing Innovation in the Marketplace
    Julie Lounds Taylor*,
    Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education
    Tim Vogus, Ph.D., Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management
  • 1:15 p.m.:
    Lightning Talks Previewing Posters in Session #2 (2 min max, 2 PPT slides max)
  • 1:45 p.m.:
    Poster Session 2 and Demonstrations
    • Erin Barton, “Autism Myth Busters II: Headphones & Sensory Breaks”
    • Blythe Corbett, “Treatment effects on social competence in a large RCT of a theatre-based intervention for youth with autism spectrum disorder”
    • LaTamara Garrett, “Comparing the Impact of Caregiver Training Provided in Clinical and Natural Environments”
    • Katherine Gotham, “Sustained pupil dilation to sad faces is associated with self-reported rumination in adults with autism spectrum disorder and adults with current depression”
    • Jeffrey Hine, “Early Identification of ASD through Telemedicine: Potential Value for Underserved Populations”
    • Jennifer Ledford, “Autism Myth Busters I: Fidget Toys and Weighted Blankets”
    • Marie Martinez, “Examining Caregivers Ability to Effectively Administer Intervention Strategies to Fidelity in Spanish-Speaking vs. English-Speaking Families of Children with ASD”
    • Chelsea McQueen, “Statewide Implementation of an Experiential Training Paradigm to Support Educators through In-Person and Teleconferenced Training, Coaching, and Mentorship”
    • Rebecca Murray, “Teaching a Child with Autism to Engage in Object Play”
    • Rachael Muscatello, “Dysregulation of the parasympathetic nervous system in ASD during novel social interaction”
    • Anna Pasternak, “A Pilot Model for Increasing Access to Services: Embedding ASD Diagnosis within the Medical Home”
    • Kathleen Simcoe, “Improving Caregiver Achievement in Implementing Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies with Young Children Evaluated for Autism Spectrum Disorder”
    • Ashley Vogel, “Use of Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors and Interests in Behavioral Interventions”
  • 3:00 p.m.:
    Big Data Challenges in Autism Research and Emerging Data Science Opportunities at Vanderbilt
    Zachary Warren*,
    Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education; TRIAD Executive Director
    Andreas Berlind, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, TIPs Initiative in Data Science
  • 4:15 p.m.:
    Summary and Next Steps
    Keivan Stassun,
  • 4:45 p.m.:
    Reception Social Hour

*Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator or Member

This event is free and open to VU/VUMC faculty, staff, and students. Register to attend by Friday, Nov. 3.

For more information about the Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation, visit http://vu.edu/autismandinnovation.

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).