NEWS | November 5, 2018

Sally Ozonoff will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 14


Sally Ozonoff from UC Davis will present “Advances in Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. The hour-long presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited.

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Ozonoff is an endowed professor and vice chair of research in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a MIND Institute faculty member, and a licensed clinical psychologist. During her 17-year career with the MIND Institute, Ozonoff’s research has focused on the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through an ongoing prospective investigation called the Infant Sibling Study that follows high-risk infants from shortly after birth through age 3. Additionally, she and her team have developed innovative methods for ASD screening using video recordings and studied regressive onset patterns.

Ozonoff has co-authored more than 100 publications, written four books, served as editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and was featured on the national television shows 60 Minutes and NBC Nightly News. She is the former chair of the Baby Siblings Research Consortium, an international network of researchers who investigate infants at risk for developing ASD.

During her talk, Ozonoff will discuss the detection of ASD in infants and toddlers and share new findings from her ongoing study. Ozonoff also will talk about the risk of recurrence of ASD in families who already have a child with the disorder, in addition to the developmental challenges beyond ASD that may occur in siblings. Finally, she will discuss the clinical implications for screenings and working with families affected by ASD.

“I am honored, as one of the first local speakers in this series, to be among the very distinguished researchers who have presented before me,” Ozonoff said. “Hundreds of families in Northern California have participated in our studies, and I am excited for the opportunity to share how they have contributed to science.”

Additional lectures in this series include:
· Dec. 12: “High quality language environments create high quality learning environments” with Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek from Temple University
· Jan. 9: “Expect more – an adult autism adventure” with Mike Lake from the House of Commons of Canada
· Feb. 13: “Adolescent risk for developing psychosis” with Deanna Barch from Washington University in St. Luis
· Mar. 13 “Altered neurodevelopment in schizophrenia” with Davis Lewis from University of Pittsburgh
· April 10: “Genetic and neurophysiological approaches to tackle neurodevelopmental disorders” with Huda Zoghbi from Baylor College of Medicine
· May 8: “Brain immune interactions in neurodevelopment” with Staci Bilbo from Lurie Center for Autism

These presentations are intended for both professionals and community members. For more information, contact Felicia Carrillo at 916-703-0253 or For media inquiries, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at