David Mandell is scheduled to give a free public talk on implementing evidence-based practices for children with autism in public schools from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.
Mandell is associate director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania. He co-chaired his state’s autism task force from 2003 to 2006 and now serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Council.
His research focuses on closing the gap between interventions found effective in university research settings and community practice. He will discuss findings from a large-scale randomized trial conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia.