ABCT 2019 will take place November 21-24 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis & Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Please join us for the ASDD SIG Pre-Conference, which will take place on Thursday, 11/21, from 1-5:30 PM at the Marcus Autism Center.

Click here to RSVP!

The schedule for the afternoon can be found below:

2019 Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities (ASDD) Pre-Conference
Marcus Autism Center, Bellsouth Room (2nd floor)
1920 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

1:00-1:20Welcome from the ASDD SIG and Marcus Autism Center
Karen Bearss, ASDD SIG Co-Leader
Brenna Maddox, ASDD SIG Co-Leader
Ami Klin, Director of Marcus Autism Center
1:20-1:50Atypical Social Communication Leads to Positive First Impressions Among Peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Jessica Granieri, Stony Brook University
1:50-2:40Overview of Marcus Autism Center Programs and Services
Diagnostics - Laura Dilly
Inclusive Preschool - Michael Siller
Research - Warren Jones
Severe Behavior - Joanna Lomas Mevers
Feeding - Will Sharp
2:40-3:00Tour of Marcus Autism Center (with one of the above 5 options)
3:15-4:15Keynote Address: It Takes a Village, Patience, Flexibility and Luck: The Evolution of the Facing Your Fears Program
Judy Reaven, University of Colorado, JFK Partners
4:15-4:45Lightning Round
Brenna Maddox, University of Pennsylvania
4:45-5:00Breakout Group Introductions
Hannah Morton, Binghamton University
5:00-5:30Breakout Groups
(Stay tuned for more info)
6:00-?SIG Happy Hour at The Painted Pin (

Please note:

  • Please RSVP by clicking here! Seating is limited.
  • This event is FREE for students (undergrad through postdoc) and $25 for professionals (cash or Venmo, payable at the event).
  • Lightning round details – anyone who would like to participate will stand and share the following info in 30 seconds or less:
  • Who are you?
  • Where do you work?
  • What do you do?
    • Research interests/approaches
    • Clinical focus
    • Teaching/supervision
  • One quick “plug”
    • Interesting project on the horizon
    • Open training/faculty position
    • Upcoming event, publication, or anything else

The ASDD SIG will also be represented at the Friday Night Welcome Party and SIG Expo on Friday, 11/22, from 6:30-8:30 PM. A list of SIG posters to be presented at the expo can be found here.