Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Expect from Medication Trials

Published by Pediatric Pharmacy Association and Texas Pharmacy Association


Dr. Julie Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP will conduct a 1 hour knowledge-based continuing education webinar program on Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control in 2018, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder is estimated at 1-2%, a dramatic increase over the past decade. The increase in prevalence is likely due to the wide range of clinical presentations and severity of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Clinical variability and an array of co-occurring conditions ranging from ADHD, to OCD, to epilepsy, present pharmacotherapeutic challenges. This program will provide practical, evidence-based recommendations for the use of psychotropic medications in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Given a specific case of a child or adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), determine when an antipsychotic is warranted and recommend monitoring parameters to ensure safety.
2. Compare ADHD treatments with regard to safety, efficacy, and dosing recommendations for children with ASD.
3. Provide recommendations on the safe and effective use of antidepressants for youth with ASD.
4. Counsel a parent or family member on realistic expectations from psychotropics and complementary treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

ACPE logo PPAG has accredited this knowledge-based webinar for 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of continuing education credit for pharmacists. UAN #: 0180-0000-19-007-L01-P

The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. In order to receive credit, participants must register for the program, attend the program, and fill out a post-program survey. Webinar programs are 100% supported through program registration fees and PPAG membership dues, and is not supported by Industry.

Group Pricing: Group pricing is available through online registration for CE ONLY. Groups will need to email Lauren Henretty at their attendance list with each participants name, email, NABP# and DOB in order to receive credit.

Dr. Julie Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP
Residency Program Director - University of Southern California's PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
Dr. Dopheide is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist who provides clinical service for adults and children with psychiatric illness at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. She is the University of Southern California's PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency program director and supervises the resident in the provision of comprehensive medication management on the inpatient psychiatry service and clinics. She is actively involved in teaching pharmacy students, medical students, allied...More

Originally Published

June 12, 2019

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Expect from Medication Trials - Video
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Expect from Medication Trials - Paper

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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