Best Practices for Autism Screening and Diagnosis in Community Settings


Review this presentation that discussed autism best practices, challenges, and tools that can be used. 

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Event Description

This talk will describe several of the most common tools for screening and diagnosis of autism. Best practices and gold standard tools will be discussed, however, complexities and challenges that may limit their use in community settings will also be discussed. Some solutions will be proposed, that may work particularly well in under-resourced environments (e.g., rural, or inner city).


Eric Moody, PhD











Eric J. Moody, PhD, is the Associate Director and a Research Professor at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND). He received his doctorate in Social Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver in 2007, and a postdoc at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in autism assessment and public health/epidemiology. Following this postdoc, he joined the Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, and expanded his research to include public health, community based participatory research, and health disparities. Dr. Moody joined the University of Wyoming, College of Health Sciences in 2018 as the Director of Research and Evaluation for WIND. 

In his role at WIND, Dr. Moody oversees all research and evaluation activities. Key among these is the Equality State Research Network (ESRN), which he directs. The ESRN is a community and practice-based research network to advance healthcare in Wyoming using Community-Based Participatory Research techniques. He is also a co-director of the Project SCOPE National Training Initiative, which is disseminating a model to train multi-disciplinary teams to support infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. Moody also serves as a co-director for the Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center, focusing on a Family Mentorship program and other community-based methods to disseminate high-quality health information.  

Dr. Moody's research interests include uncovering the basic mechanisms of social impairment in autism by using psychophysiological methods (e.g., electromyography), exploring novel community-based interventions for those with developmental disabilities, especially for underserved groups, and using observational methods better understand the social factors that contribute to developmental disabilities outcomes. 

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