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Webinar: Girls and Autism

Date Revised: October 4, 2023

In this recorded webinar, Ericka Wodka, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, discusses findings from several recent studies that included more than 10,000 girls on the autism spectrum.

Historically, females are underrepresented in autism research; therefore, less is known about the autistic female. Because of SPARK’s large community, researchers were able define specific groups, helping to answer questions about whether females present differently across development (childhood versus adolescence) or given co-occurring conditions (attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety).

Who is Ericka Wodka?

Dr. Ericka Wodka is the Clinical Director at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Wodka’s broad research interest includes examining cognitive and neuroanatomical aspects of attention, motor, and sensory differences observed in children with autism and/or ADHD. Dr. Wodka is Kennedy Krieger’s Principal Investigator for SPARK.