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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


        Laura Carpenter, PhD


Laura Arnstein Carpenter, PhD, BCBA, is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Carpenter is a researcher and practicing clinician specializing in autism spectrum disorders. Prior to coming to the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Carpenter earned a doctoral degree clinical psychology from SUNY Binghamton, where she also worked for five years at a private school for children with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Carpenter is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has taught numerous workshops and classes on autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis. Along with two colleagues, she is the author of a book for school psychologists, special education personnel, and teachers entitled Medication for Children: A Guide for the Practitioner, published by Guilford Publications.

Dr. Carpenter’s research interests involve the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders, and clinical trials to develop innovative treatments for ASDs. She is a co-investigator and expert reviewer for a statewide surveillance study of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently conducting a clinical trial to investigate the effects of fatty acid supplementation on children with autism.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:
       1. Discuss the history of "fad" treatments for autism
2. Identify empirically supported treatments for autism
3. Discuss gaps in the evidence base for autism treatment

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