Annual Krause Lecture Series features autism expert on April 13

Jennifer Stapel-Wax headshot

One of the nation’s leading experts in autism is slated to give the annual Ellis L. and Jennie Mae Krause Lecture in Science at Marietta College on Wednesday, April 13.

Dr. Jennifer Stapel-Wax, Associate Professor in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

She is expected to talk about “Early Screening, Detection and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Frontiers of Research, Clinical Practice and Professional Training,” will present evidence-based research related to early screening, detection and intervention with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

Stapel-Wax will also discuss synergistic collaborations leading to a proposed model for building system-wide capacity and effective community-viable methods for screening, detection and intervention.

While sounding complex, the talk itself is intended to be accessible to all interested in the subject of autism and advances in autism research.

“The lecture series is intended to promote community engagement with an area of science that is of interest to the general public,” said Dr. Mark Miller, Associate Provost. “It’s not stridently a research lecture.”

The decision to focus this year’s lecture on autism was also in response of the work being conducted by two Marietta faculty members — Drs. Bill Bauer and Christopher Klein.

Miller said the professors have worked to promote outreach and awareness on campus and off for disabilities services, specifically, in the case of Bauer, with autism.

“A lot more people are becoming aware of autism more and more, from its complexities to there are being variations of it on a spectrum,” Miller said. “I expect there to be a broader range of attendees from all possible demographics — students, faculty and community members.”

Stapel-Wax’s primary clinical and administrative role is as the Director of Infant and Toddler Clinical Research Operations at the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her current focus on the research team is to lead community based research on infants and toddlers at risk for autism spectrum disorders based at the Marcus Autism Center.

The lecture series, which began in 2002, is supported by gifts from the late Dr. Richard M. Krause ’47, the son of E.L. and Jennie Mae Krause. Dr. Krause served on the College’s Board of Trustees for 22 years.

The lecture is free and open to the public.