On Demand Grand Rounds: The Interrelation of Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Component of Person-Centered Care

This presentation was originally reviewed on October 31, 2023, and broadcast live online on November 1, 2023, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET. 

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

Anxiety is a well-recognized co-occurring condition or feature of autism. However, how anxiety impacts autistic individuals is less recognized especially when considering variations at different developmental stages.  This presentation will review key differences in how autistic individuals may experience anxiety and how this can manifest in communication, behavior, and functioning.  Developmental considerations for the experience and expression of anxiety will be reviewed.  The presentation will conclude with reviewing how anxiety needs to be considered integrally for person-centered care.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. List key differences in how autistic individuals frequently experience anxiety and how this can impact communication, behavior, and functioning.
  2. Discuss how anxiety can express differently at various developmental stages for autistic individuals.
  3. Integrate anxiety considerations into person-centered care planning with autistic individuals.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
12/05/2023
Course expires: 
12/02/2025

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About the speaker

Dr. Michael J. Murray is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience in autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. He is the medical director for autism and developmental disabilities at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Murray obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University and his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. 

He comes to Sheppard Pratt from Penn State College of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral health and the founding director of the Division of Autism Services, where he oversaw comprehensive clinical, research, training/education, and community outreach initiatives supporting the autism community. Dr. Murray was also medical director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic of Penn State Health/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; director of Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT); and director of the Penn State Autism and Developmental Disabilities Collaborative.  Dr. Murray’s clinical and research interests include co-occurring mental health conditions in adolescents and adults with autism and interventions aimed at improving social well-being for adults and adolescents with ASD. 

Dr. Murray is actively involved in community service, having served as a board member for the Central Pennsylvania Autism Education and Resource Center and Vista Autism Services. He is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and has been involved in various state and community initiatives.

Dr. Murray is an active member of several professional societies, including the International Society for Autism Research, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, and the Association for Positive Behavior Support. He has presented at conferences and educational meetings internationally on numerous topics but is most widely known for his work on person-centered care for neurodivergent individuals.

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Michael J. Murray, MDreports that he no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 24 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.

Event Planners/Reviewers Disclosures: The following event planners and/or reviewers are reported as having no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 24 months: Todd Peters, MD, Deepak Prabhakar, MD, Elizabeth Ryznar, MD, MSc, Louis Marino, MD, Ehsan Syed, MD, Devi Bhuyan, PhD, Faith Dickerson, PhD, Carrie Etheridge, LCSW-C, Tom Flis, LCPC, Stacey Garnett, RN, MSN, Stephanie M. Robinson, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC, NE-BC , Heather Billings, RN, Lisa Illum, MLIS, MEd, and Jennifer Tornabene.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
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Grand Rounds: The Interrelation of Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Component of Person-Centered Care

 

Michael J. Murray, MD

Medical Director, Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Sheppard Pratt

Baltimore, MD

Originally reviewed October 31, 2023.
Originally broadcast live November 1, 2023, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Enduring Activity Credit Expiration Date: December 2, 2025

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