Recognized autism expert to discuss treatment and research

News Release Date: 
04.30.12

Dr. Joshua Diehl to share information on the latest on autism treatments that work

As recently three weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta released alarming statistics that autism is more common than previously thought, burdening as many as 1 in 88 children, which equates to roughly 1 million U.S. children and teens.

Considering the prevalence of autism and the number of parents, caregivers, medical professionals, and educators looking for concrete treatment methods and answers to their burning questions, The Ohio State University at Marion Griffin Honor Society will host an informative free public discussion on autism by researcher Dr. Joshua Diehl entitled, Using Innovation and Good Science to Improve Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12 noon, in the Guthery Community Room, Maynard Hall, 2nd floor.

A new parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is confronted with a multitude of treatment options, most of which have limited or no research support.  We will discuss current research on treatment approaches for ASD, with a particular focus on the treatments that have the most empirical support. Then we will discuss how technological innovations, such as humanoid robots and the iPad, have the potential to revolutionize how we address social-communication difficulties in ASD.

Dr Joshua Diehl is an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame who specializes in the understanding and treatment of social-communication deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder. His primary research interests involve taking innovation technological breakthroughs and adapting them for use in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD. Dr. Diehl received an A.B. in Psychology and Linguistics at Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Yale University.

He has received a number of rewards for his research, teaching, and clinical work, and has published in a diverse array of journals spanning different fields, including psychology, speech-language pathology, linguistics, and robotics. His research has been featured on NBC, MSNBC, the Versus Network, Science360.com, the Times of India, and in the forthcoming movie Dislecksia, the Movie. Dr. Diehl is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The Griffin Honor Society is a student organization at Ohio State Marion open to all honors and academically oriented students. Through their meetings and activities, Griffin seeks to foster a sense of community, encourage leadership and service, and expand the intellectual and cultural horizons of high-achieving students.

For questions or more details on this informative public discussion email Ohio State Marion Professor Christopher Daddis at:  daddis.1@osu.edu.