Autism Journal Club

INSAR webinar Mental Health in Autistic People: Setting a Research Agenda for the Coming Decade

Emily Simonoff, MD, FRCPsych online INSAR webinar. Zoom ID 812-298-9629 Abstract: Mental Health in Autistic People: Setting a Research Agenda for the Coming Decade At the end of the last century, our awareness of the great heterogeneity in autism increased and there was a new interest in studying its multi-faceted dimensions. This was partly responsible for conceptualizing the presentation and challenges experienced by autistic people as mental health problems in the early 2000s. While it is now generally accepted that autistic people have higher rates of virtually all psychiatric conditions, we still have a limited understanding of why this is the case, how best to identify and measure mental health problems, what interventions are most promising and what “success” in prevention and intervention would look like. In this keynote, I will explore these issues and suggest some research priorities for the coming decade.