Dr Iliana Magiati, Ph.D., D. Clin.Psy., is a chartered clinical psychologist and, since 2009, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore.

Iliana trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Her PhD at St. George's Hospital Medical School (University of London) examined the outcomes of early interventions for children with ASD and was supervised by Prof. Patricia Howlin. She then worked as a child clinical psychologist in the UK National Health Service before moving to Singapore in 2009 to take up an Assistant Professor post at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore.

She is currently involved in teaching, clinical supervision and in a number of research projects, focusing on better understanding the presentation, factors associated with, and impact of, anxiety issues in individuals with ASD; mental health and emotional well-being in ASD; screening and diagnosis of ASD; and long term outcomes of individuals with ASD. Iliana is an independent ADOS trainer and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Plenary presentation, Friday, September 11
Assessing, understanding and managing anxiety in people with ASD across the lifespan: All of us, with or without ASD, experience worry, fear and anxiety at some points in our lives, but we now know that people with ASD may be much more vulnerable to experiencing debilitating anxiety. What do we know thus far about how people with ASD experience and express anxiety? Is it similar or different to anxiety as experienced by neurotypical individuals? How can we assess anxiety in ASD? Why are rates of anxiety higher in ASD? How can we make sense of anxiety in ASD? And what can families, teachers and professionals do to support anxious people with ASD? This keynote address will review what we know (and what we don't) about anxiety in ASD with regards to rates, presentation, assessment and intervention/ management.

Iliana will also present on Day 1 in Symposium 4 - Practical Strategies to Manage Social and Emotional Issues. 

Practical Strategies to Manage Anxiety: In this session, we will draw from the existing empirical literature on anxiety management and interventions for typically developing children and for children with ASD to summarize evidence-based practical steps and strategies to better understand, support and reduce anxiety in individuals with ASD. We will explore how caregivers, educators and clinicians can support anxious individuals with ASD with and without intellectual disabilities at home, school and in the community with a focus on "ASD-specific" adaptations to behavioral and cognitive behavioural approaches.

Also presenting in this Symposium:
Michelle Garcia Winner
Tony Attwood