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Innovative Psychosocial Intervention Research Approaches in Rare Neurogenetic Conditions

April 11, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm

Chair: Bonita Klein-Tasman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Discussant: Audrey Thurm, National Institutes of Health


  • Therapist and Child Behavior Patterns in Play and Humor-Infused Exposure Therapy for Children with Williams Syndrome: Brianna Young, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ellora Mohanty, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Karen Levine, Harvard Medical School; Bonita Klein-Tasman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Building Social Cognition via Pretend Play: Results from Wave 2 of the PRETEND Program, a Quasi-Randomized Trial for School-Aged Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome: Rachel Gordon, Case Western Reserve University; Ellen Doernberg, Case Western Reserve University; Evelyn Nichols, Case Western Reserve University; Kerrigan Vargo, Case Western Reserve University; Sandra Russ, Case Western Reserve University, Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Case Western Reserve University    
  • Pilot Study of the Effectiveness of a Telehealth Group for Improving Peer Relationships for Adolescents with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Danielle Glad, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Sara Pardej, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ellen Olszewski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alverno College; Bonita Klein-Tasman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Distance-Delivered Social Skills Training Program for Adults with Williams Syndrome: Marisa Fisher, Michigan State University; Rhonda Black, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Rebecca Kammes, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior