Past Event

Seminars on Sex, Gender, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

October 15, 2018
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Current research indicates a blind spot for girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mostly due to limitations in research design and clinical assessments, which leaves many of these young patients undiagnosed or misdiagnosed until early adulthood. Using relevant readings from research, this seminar will examine the interplay of sex and gender in how male-female phenotypes of ASD are characterized.


  • Rebecca Jordan-Young, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, focuses on biological claims about gender and sexuality by examining how cultural assumptions are embedded in discordant scientific models and research
    design and practices.
  • Chiara Manzini, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at George Washington University, studies the male-specific role of the CC2D1A gene in altering plasticity and behavioral phenotypes, making males more susceptible to autism than females.
  • Russell D. Romeo, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Barnard College, studies neuroendocrine development during puberty and adolescence and the effects of stress on neurodevelopment and behavior.


  • Sylvie Goldman, Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in Child Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on sex/gender factors in the early clinical diagnosis of ASD.
  • Natasha Yamane, MA in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, is studying the dynamics of parent-child interaction among families of young children with ASD.

Online registration is free and required. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

This is part of a series of three seminars on sex and gender in autism, supported by a Center for Science and Society Seed Grant. Upcoming dates: November 12th and December 10th, 2018.