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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Minds Behind The MIND

The 2014-2015 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series resumed on October 2014.  Leading researchers and clinicians from the UC Davis MIND Institute will present current research and new treatment findings.  The presentations will give our community a better perspective on the scope of research being conducted at the MIND Institute, the outcomes of this research, and ways they may support these efforts.

Lectures will be held on Saturday mornings at the UC Davis MIND Institute.  Information on research studies will be available and The Resource Center will be open before and after each presentation. There will also be an extended “ask the experts” session with the panelists after the presentation. Please note that seating is limited.

For more information about the series, contact Terri Contenti at (916) 703-0289.

Minds behind the MIND 2014-2015 flyer (PDF)
Archived Minds Behind the MIND Lecture Videos
Map and Directions

Saturday, February 7, 2015 9-1pm

Developing and Maintaining Positive Relationships in the Community and the Family

(This session will be presented in Spanish) (SPANISH PDF)

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola will review what happens to family dynamics and the importance of community relationships as families face the challenges of finding appropriate medical care, treatment, education, information and support for their children with special needs. Ana Flores will focus on family interactions, maintaining positive relationships and making special time for each family member, while attending to the needs of the child with special needs. Maribel Hernandez will share her personal experiences with a parent-support group and the positive effects of a workshop with the siblings of a child with special needs

Following the presentations, attendees are invited to participate in small-group discussions led by panelists and parent volunteers. A light breakfast will be served. No children allowed.


Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Ana Flores, B.A., behavior consultant, Learning Solutions

Maribel Hernandez, parent, Fiesta Educativa, Inc., CEDD, Warmline Resource Center

Angie Rivera, M.A., Fiesta Educativa, Inc., CEDD

Saturday, April 18, 2015 9-11am

Learning and the Human Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders

The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are most often described in terms of differences in social-engagement and communication. However, ASD also involves basic differences in the nature of learning. This presentation will discuss how recognizing the nature of these differences in learning have helped to advance research, assessment and, most importantly, interventions for affected children.

Peter Mundy, Ph.D. director of Educational Research, MIND Institute; professor, School of Education and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Robin Hansen, M.D. director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Massie Family Clinic at the UC Davis MIND Institute