ECHO Autism: Training Community Clinicians to Provide Quality Care for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

The Department of Defense Autism Research Program funded a training opportunity and research project to enhance the quality of healthcare for adults on the autism spectrum, a program hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Primary care providers - physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants - participated in videoconferencing sessions focusing on caring for the unique needs of autistic adults. Through this training, providers learned skills that helped them care for a broad range of patients, including information on psychotropic medication management and how to help patients sleep.

The program included two series of trainings, which occurred for one hour twice a month for six months. Participants received compensation for completing several study measures and earned AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each session attended.

This program was developed by autism specialists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the University of Virginia, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Beth Malow, director of the Vanderbilt Autism Care Network site, was the Vanderbilt investigator for this project.

Our Team

Our Autism ECHO team includes:

  • Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.
    Neurologist, Autism & Sleep Medicine Specialist
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Gary Stobbe, M.D.
    Neurologist & Autism Specialist
    University of Washington Medicine
  • Mavara Agrawal, M.D.
    Med-Peds Physician & Autism Medical Specialist
    Florida International University College of Medicine
  • Rachel Loftin, Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychologist & Autism Behavior Specialist
    Chicago, IL
  • Alexander Westphal, M.D., Ph.D.
    Psychiatrist & Autism Behavior Specialist
    Yale School of Medicine
  • Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
    Professor, Special Education, & Self-Advocate
    Adelphi University
  • Amy Hess, B.A., Grad Cert
    Family Navigator & Parent Advocate
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • David Caudel, Ph.D.
    Physicist, Self-Advocate, & Associate Director
    Vanderbilt Center for Autism and Innovation