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Learn about exciting new research being conducted by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) and the Psychology Department at Canisius College at the Autism and Aging Lunch & Learn, hosted by Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, associate professor of psychology, and Jonathan Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, on Thursday, June 6 from 12 – 1:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in older adulthood lags significantly behind that of research in other age groups. This research, funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, seeks to better understand the life outcomes of adults with and without ASD. During this talk, participants will learn more about what ASD is, how the science of healthy aging can potentially benefit this community, and how to get involved in this important line of research. Participants will be asked to bring their own lunches to the event.

Lodi-Smith is a personality psychologist who studies the impact of individual differences on the trajectory of healthy aging across the lifespan. Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, is a school psychologist who studies the neuropsychological, behavioral, personality and social-emotional characteristics of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Lodi-Smith and Rodgers combine their expertise in aging, autism and individual differences to identify potential innovative interventions for older adults with ASD.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Mary Braun, assistant for human resources, at Ext. 2240 or at

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Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources