AIR-P Presents: Autism Acceptance Month Double Webinar

AIR-P Presents: Autism Acceptance Month Double Webinar

Archived Recording
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description

This month, AIR-P celebrated Autism Acceptance Month with two webinar presentations! We held a back-to-back webinar session as follows. Please note that the time of this webinar was12:00 - 2:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET which differs from our normally scheduled monthly webinar. 

12-1pm PT / 3- 4pm ET: The Intersection of Autism, Health, Poverty and Racial Equity

This webinar outlines findings from our recent National Autism Indicators Report about health and healthcare at the intersections of autism, poverty, and race and ethnicity. Using intersectionality as a conceptual lens, this report leverages population level data to provide a more nuanced description of disparate health and healthcare outcomes among autistic children. Building upon an earlier NAIR report which compared health outcomes of autistic children to those of children with and without other special healthcare needs using the same data, this report will describe health outcomes within the autistic population across intersecting demographic strata. We also explore inequities in economic status, a key social determinant of health. The objective of this report is to provide advocates and policymakers with current and comprehensive evidence on how autistic children experience relative disadvantages in terms of social determinants of health.


Photo of Dr. Kristy Anderson, woman with brown hair wearing a grey blazer, background of building blurred behind her.

Kristy Anderson, PhD
Scientist, AJ Drexel Autism Institute

Dr. Anderson is a Scientist at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, having received her PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Kristy has been involved in several research projects including implementation science studies, qualitative research, and studies that rely on large population-based datasets. Her research focuses broadly on economic well-being, life course transitions, and evidence-based practices. Dr. Anderson’s work is informed by over seven years of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities in residential and vocational settings. Kristy was also the 2012 Outstanding Graduate at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. As a master’s student, she developed and piloted a consumer satisfaction survey to over 100 adults with disabilities and published a peer-reviewed paper on the housing outcomes of young adults on the autism spectrum.

Photo of Dr. Lindsay Shea, smiling woman with brown hear wearing blue dress.

Lindsay Shea, DrPH, MS
Director, Policy and Analytics Center, AJ Drexel Autism Institute
AIR-P Node Leader, Health Systems and Services

Lindsay Shea is the Director of the Policy and Analytics Center at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, and an Associate Professor. The mission of the Policy and Analytics Center is to utilize research methods and innovative analytic strategies to support the development of effective social and health policy in cities, states, and across the U.S. Dr. Shea has led autism-focused projects across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and with a national scope. Dr. Shea first-authored the Pennsylvania Autism Census Report and her research interests are creating and using an evidence base in forming, evaluating, and implementing social and health policies. Dr. Shea holds a doctoral degree in Health policy from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, and a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

1-2pm PT / 4-5pm ET: Why Studying Puberty in Autism Research Matters

This webinar details current state of research on puberty and autism. Dr. Phan discusses strategies for studying puberty in autism research and how to address current gaps within developmental science. She presents findings from her dissertation research on puberty, autism, and mental health as well as future work that highlights the importance of studying puberty and autism promoting adaptive adjustment in adolescence and adulthood. 


Photo of Dr. Jenny Phan, smiling woman with dark hair wearing gray and white collar against a dark gray background

Jenny Mai Phan, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center

Dr. Phan is an NICHD-funded T32 postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center. She completed her MS and PhD at Iowa State University in Human Development and Family Studies and was awarded an NIH National Research Service Award F31 Predoctoral Fellowship. Her program of research builds upon her dissertation work on puberty, autism, and mental health in adolescents bridging her interdisciplinary trainings in psychology, behavioral endocrinology (e.g., hormones and behaviors), and stress physiology (e.g., autonomic responses to stress). Dr. Phan serves on the Department of Health and Human Services' Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the American Psychological Association-Division 33, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-Psychology Interest Network.

Please Note

  • CART captioning was provided. For additional disability accommodations please email Elizabeth Schnieder at [email protected] two weeks prior to the event with name of event and accommodation preference in your response.
  • There was no cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs were not offered for this webinar.
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  • This webinar is now archived available on the AUCD Webinar Library.