Dr. Ofer Golan: Guest Speaker on Autism in Israel

Ofer Golan, Ph.D. presented a talk titled, “Mother-Child Dyadic Interaction with Preschoolers with ASD: Emotion Regulation during positive and negative emotion eliciting states,” at this year’s ICare4Autism International Autism Conference in Jerusalem, Israel.  With the help of Ph.D. student Sharon Ostfelt Etzion, he reported research findings on emotional comparisons between children who develop typically and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The lecture touched primarily upon the emotional deficiencies found in both groups of children, drawing conclusions that potentially explain difficulties in children with ASD in regulating their emotional states.  They discussed emotion regulation strategies, and how these strategies are learned through parent-child interaction, comparing typically developing children with those on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Ofer Golan is the chair of the child clinical psychology program at Bar-Ilan University.  His research focuses on cognitive, clinical, and developmental aspects of those with ASD, with a concentration on emotional regulation, recognition, and response.  He is interested in psychological and technological innovations that spark improvements in these emotional aspects, and researches primarily in this field.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the UK, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Sharon Ostfeld Etzion is a clinical psychologist and a Ph.D. student at Bar-Ilan University. Her research focuses on typically developing children, and those with ASD, focusing on positive and negative emotional regulation, both individually and in relationships between parents and children.



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