Sensory Challenges and Anxiety in Children with and without Autism

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2:00 pm EST
Meet the Scientist - March 2021

Sensory Challenges and Anxiety in Children with and without Autism Sensory experiences have a significant impact on behavior throughout the lifespan, but particularly early in life. Some individuals have heightened and unusual reactions to sensory stimuli, such as particular sounds or textures. Dr. Carpenter will present research, which builds on a growing body of literature, linking early sensory hypersensitivity to anxiety and a number of additional behavioral challenges, namely sleep issues and irritability in both typical development, as well as in young children with autism.

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Presented by 
Kimberly L. H. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Kimberly L. H. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute

2015 Young Investigator Grant

Dr. Carpenter is a neurobiologist specializing in translational developmental neuroscience, with expertise in functional and structural neuroimaging in clinical and pediatric populations. Dr. Carpenter’s research focuses on three primary content areas: (A) The neuroscience of early childhood mental health, (B) Risk factors for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders in preschool-age children, and (C) The development of new technologies for evidenced-based screening for neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders in young children. Through this work, she aims to increase access to, and provide a solid neurobiological foundation for, evidence-based screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism and associated psychiatric comorbidities in children from birth to 5 years of age.  

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.