NFXF Webinar Series: Multidisciplinary Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)

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NFXF Webinar Series: Multidisciplinary Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)

December 7 @ 7:00 PM8:00 PM EST

Join us as we host four professionals, Drs. Craig Erickson, Laura Hess, Kerrie Chitwood, and Rebecca Shaffer, as they showcase the effectiveness of having a multidisciplinary team and the ways various professionals collaborate to effectively support and treat individuals with Fragile X syndrome. Register HERE.

The webinar will be a one-hour Q&A session, moderated by Hilary Rosselot.

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Come prepared with your questions. You may also submit your questions in advance when completing your registration

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The webinar will be recorded and available to all registrants.

Learn More About the Panelists

Craig Erickson, MD

Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Craig A. Erickson, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine-Affiliated. Dr. Erickson leads a neurodevelopmental clinical and research group focused on improving clinical care through research discovery. He is the Director of the Cincinnati Fragile X Research and Treatment Center which is one of the largest such programs in the world. He serves as the Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee organized by the National Fragile X Foundation and is a leader in translational medicine efforts in fragile X syndrome, autism, and related disorders. Additionally, he is the director of research in the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Laura Hess, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant professor at Dominican University of California
Laura Greiss Hess, PhD, OTR/L is the assistant professor in the occupational therapy department at Dominican University of California. She has earned professional and comprehensive certification in sensory integration, and certification in assistive technology applications. After working as a school-based OT practitioner for 17 years, Laura transitioned to working at the UC Davis MIND Institute. For 12 years she collaborated on research and clinical teams specializing in fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, learning/intellectual disabilities, and assistive technology applications. This work contributed to national and international conference presentations and publications. She has been passionate about bringing FXS literature and research to pre-service occupational therapy graduate students.

Kerrie Chitwood, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor and Program Director California State University, Monterey Bay
Kerrie Lemons Chitwood, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with 24 years of clinical and research experience. Kerrie currently is the program director for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Leadership at CSUMB. Kerrie is also co-director for the Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction (CRDI). From 2002-2014, Kerrie worked at the U.C. Davis MIND Institute, where she was part of the Fragile X team. She values intervention research and has extensive experience working as an integral member of a collaborative interdisciplinary team. She collaborated on national and international presentations as well as research publications specific to Fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is committed to translational research and thrives to bridge the gap between research and practice specifically as it pertains to students and families with FXS and other neurodevelopmental disorders in educational and community settings.

Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD

Director of Psychological Services at Cincinnati Fragile X Treatment and Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Shaffer is an associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She specializes in both clinical care and research with Fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. She provides psychological assessment and behavioral treatment to a wide range of individuals with Fragile X syndrome and the Fragile X premutation.  Her research is primarily focused on emotion dysregulation in both FXS and ASD. She enjoys helping individuals find ways to calm their bodies and minds and fully engage in the world around them. She also enjoys helping caregivers find ways to best support them in this process. 


December 7
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
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