May 9 2019
May 9 2019: 8:30am–11:45am

Using Genetic and Pharmacological Approaches in the Treatment of People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

All sessions in this series will be held at Bradley Hospital at 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence, Rhode Island unless otherwise noted.


Margaret G. Klitzke, DO has been an attending physician at Bradley Hospital for 28 years, working with an interdisciplinary team in the treatment of psychiatric co-morbidities in children with developmental disabilities. In addition, she has been involved in the clinical supervision of medical students, residents and fellows through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has received several awards for her teaching.

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD MSc completed his psychiatry residency at Yale and is currently a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Bradley Hospital. He also oversees the Genetic Psychiatry Consultation Service at the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism & Developmental Disabilities. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


In this presentation, the current state of genetic research in autism and other developmental disorders will be explored. Discussion will also revolve around medications used to treat psychiatric co-morbidities and how our current knowledge of genetics can help inform treatment with these medications.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the current state of genetic research in autism and other developmental disabilities.
  2. Recognize common medications used to treat psychiatric co-morbidities.
  3. Identify how genetic research now and in the future will help us to understand and more effectively treat psychiatric co-morbidities of autism and other developmental disorders.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • 3 CE hours/credits 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered.


  • Program fee: $59 
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 8.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752. 
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

Register online

To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.