Date Revised: June 6, 2022
In this recorded webinar, Carla Mazefsky, Ph.D., discusses emotion dysregulation, or difficulty managing the intensity and duration of emotional reactions, in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
This talk covers the landscape of emotion regulation research in ASD and highlights key findings from the Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults, Children, and Teens (REAACT) Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Topics to be covered include the assessment of emotion dysregulation in ASD, the impact of emotion dysregulation on service utilization, mental health, and behavior, factors that contribute to differences in the severity and course of emotion dysregulation among autistic individuals, and the development and testing of the Emotion Awareness and Skills Enhancement (EASE) Program for autistic individuals with and without intellectual disability. Future directions for emotion dysregulation research in autism are also discussed.
Who is Carla Mazefsky?
Carla Mazefsky, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Director of the Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults, Children, and Teens (REAACT) Program. The REAACT team is focused on research on emotion regulation and related mental health and behavioral difficulties in autistic individuals. Mazefsky’s research includes investigations of the processes underlying emotion regulation in ASD and the development of new assessment and treatment approaches. Dr. Mazefsky is dedicated to research that includes autistic individuals with and without intellectual disability and to research across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on adolescence and adulthood.