Join us for the 53rd Annual Gatlinburg Conference

When: April 15-17, 2020
April 14, 2020 Pre-Conference 
Location: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, California

About the Gatlinburg Conference

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established in the 1960's. The conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences in the United States for behavioral scientists conducting research in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Recent advances in technology have helped intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) research to rapidly innovate and begin to answer pressing transdisciplinary questions that have the potential to increase quality of life for people with IDDs and their families. State-of-the-art technology has now been successfully utilized in neurobiological and neurobehavioral IDD investigations. Technological innovations – including comprehensive-omics approaches, neuroimaging, telehealth, bioinformatics, and precision medicine – allow the IDD research community to further mechanistic and etiologic understanding of IDDs and, ultimately, improve interventions and treatments.

The theme for the 2020 Gatlinburg Conference represents the cutting edge of IDD research, with invited speakers whose programs of research harness technology to address basic, translational, and clinical research questions. Their work is at the forefront of IDD neurobiological and behavioral research, and their presentations to the Gatlinburg Conference community will serve as a rich platform for scientific discussions for attendees.

Pre-Conferences - Tuesday, April 14, 2020

4:00pm – 5:15pm
Bayview III (of the Bayview Ballroom)

Applying Implementation Science to Improve ASD Services

Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Associate Director, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center
Research Director, Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

This workshop will provide an overview of implementation science goals and methods, examples of ASD implementation studies, and new directions in applying implementation science in ASD. Participants will discuss how implementation science approaches can be integrated earlier in research to accelerate the translation and increase the relevance of research to community practice.

5:30pm – 6:45pm
Bayview III (of the Bayview Ballroom)

Data Visualization in R with ggplot

Kelly Shaw, Ph.D.

Matthew J. Maenner, Ph.D.
Surveillance Team Lead, Child Development and Disability Branch
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This guided workshop will cover basics, best practices, and useful resources to visualize data using the R package ggplot2. This plotting system produces highly customizable two-dimensional graphs that will amaze friends and impress coworkers. Example code and data will be provided at the beginning of the session; attendees may bring a laptop with R and RStudio installed to follow along.

Date: April 5-8, 2021
Location: The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center - Kansas City, Missouri
Theme: Interventions and Clinical Treatments for IDD                             
Hosted by: The University of Kansas Life Span Institute & Baylor College of Medicine

Conference Support

This conference is supported by grant number R13HD084155 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Aging.