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Special lecture on autism December 15 at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Dr. Blythe Corbett
Dr. Blythe Corbett
University of California-Davis

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Special Lecture series will feature Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., on the topic "Understanding Autism Through Peers, Play, And Performance." The hour-long lecture will be held Tuesday, December 15, from 4:10-5:10 p.m. in Room 241 of the Kennedy Center/MRL Building.

Dr. Corbett is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California-Davis MIND Institute. A pediatric neurologist, she has worked with autistic children since 1991. She will present findings from ongoing and previous studies of children with autism using "ecologically valid and socially relevant paradigms."

Recipient of the NIH Mentored Clinical Research Training Award, Dr. Corbett investigates emotion regulation and the neural correlates of stress that contribute to perceptions of and responses to various social situations. Her Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology (SENSE) Laboratory is a unique intervention theatre program that combines science and art to improve the emotional abilities of children with autism. Results from the SENSE lab studies are revealing meaningful associations between the child's behavior, biological profiles and neural substrates before, during and after social interactions.

The presentation at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will focus on how social and nonsocial stress using different techniques (behavioral, biological and neuroimaging) in combination reveal distinct profiles.

Registration is not required and coffee will be served following the lecture. For more information, call 615-322-8240.