Event Registration - Indiana Psychological Association
Homestudy Program: Women on the Autism Spectrum: Identifying and Understanding the Female Phenotype of ASD (Merrill, orig. 11.19.2020)
6/13/2024 - 12/31/2050

Location: Virtual Event

Event Description

We are pleased that you are interested in IPA's (new for 2021) Homestudy Continuing Education Programs!

This process is straightforward:  Watch the recording. Complete the evaluation and pass the short test. Receive CE certificate via email.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email, including a critical link and confirmation code. At the very bottom of the email message, you will find an Attendee Confirmation Code for (name) and a link to Log in to event portal at (link). Once logged in, you will see instructions and links to the recording as well as the evaluation and test.


Originally offered as:
IPA 2020 Virtual Fall Conference
1.5 Hour of Category I CE credit

Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. ET

Women on the Autism Spectrum: Identifying and Understanding the Female Phenotype of ASD 
This presentation will seek to illuminate information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in females and why it can often go undiagnosed. There is a growing body of literature that suggests that there is a male bias in our understanding of ASD. Women on the autism spectrum are much more likely to be diagnosed later in life or to never receive a formal diagnosis. This presentation will review our growing understanding of how the presentation of symptoms and life experiences of women with ASD may be different from males with ASD. In addition, common co-occurring psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression will be reviewed and appropriate implications for treatment will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
By completing this program, participants will able to:

1.  identify the nature of the female autism phenotype and how it may differ from the presentation of symptoms in males
2.  recognize the factors that contribute to why females with ASD often go undiagnosed or are diagnosed later in life
3.  describe common co-occurring psychiatric concerns and risk factors for females with ASD 
4.  apply understanding of gender differences in ASD to their clinical practice

Presenter:  Anna Merrill, Ph.D, HSPP
Dr. Anna Merrill is a psychologist at Children’s Resource Group in Indianapolis. She provides diagnostic evaluations, individual therapy, and facilitates social skill groups. Her work is focused primarily on individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is also particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Merrill graduated from Indiana University with a doctoral degree in school psychology. She completed her clinical internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Riley Child Development Center in Indianapolis. She is currently also an adjunct faculty member at IU teaching coursework in assessment and intervention.

Dr. Anna Merrill

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice. 

Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits.  Partial credit cannot be given. We ask that all participants complete the post-program evaluation form and homestudy test at the conclusion of the program. Dr. Merrill and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email within two weeks after a passing test (75+%) is submitted. 
Registration Fees
IPA New, Premier, Platinum, & Emeritus-Practicing - $10
IPA Basic, Academic, Emeritus-Retired, & Affiliate Members - $15
Non-Members - Psychologists & Other Professionals $30