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Webinar: Exploring the Role of Siblings in Autism

Date Published: May 25, 2023

In this recorded webinar, Nicole Rosen, M.A., discusses the importance of siblings in autism, reviews the literature on the impact of siblings on development across the lifespan in autism, and presents findings from a new study focusing on the perspectives of the unaffected siblings of autistic individuals.

Who is Nicole Rosen?

Nicole Rosen is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) working under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Lord. Nicole’s research interests include examining the bidirectional relationship between autistic individuals and their siblings on development across the lifespan. Specifically, her work has explored the impact of sibling factors on trajectories of adaptive behavior, autism symptoms, and challenging behaviors among autistic individuals across time. Additionally, Nicole and her mentor have led a new study called Next Generation Siblings at UCLA, funded by the Autism Science Foundation, which is aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of how having an autistic sibling shapes the experiences, future family planning decisions, and research interests of nonaffected siblings and spouses. To complement these areas of research interest, Nicole works clinically with autistic individuals and their families across the lifespan conducting comprehensive assessments and implementing evidence-based interventions.