This presentation discussed the role of public health in understanding the characteristics of children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their causes. Some of the early signs of the ASDs were reviewed, as well as, what is known about prevalence, and projects going on through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the ASDs.
Catherine Rice, PhD
Dr. Catherine Rice is a behavioral scientist at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also serves as a Diagnostic Associate at the Emory Autism Center and conducts training to professionals on the diagnosis and assessment of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through Emory and Western Psychological Services. Dr. Rice is on the Board of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Autism Society of America. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University and her doctorate in developmental psychology from Boston College. Dr. Rice has worked in teaching, research, diagnosis, and consultation related to autism and other developmental disabilities for over 14 years. Her current work at CDC involves tracking the rates of ASD in Atlanta and working with state partners to establish ongoing monitoring systems for ASD around the United States.
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