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Activity Number: 418 - SPEED: Biostatistical Methods, Application, and Education, Part 2
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Sponsor: Mental Health Statistics Section
Abstract #307827
Title: Psychotherapy Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a University Counseling Setting
Author(s): E. Neeley Tass*
Companies: Brigham Young University
Keywords: growth mixture models; Bayesian semiparametric models; CCMH; autism spectrum disorder

Young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience high rates of comorbid mental health concerns in addition to distress arising from the core symptoms of autism. Many adults with ASD seek psychological treatment in outpatient facilities in their communities that are not specifically geared toward individuals with ASD. However, few studies have looked at the effectiveness of standard psychotherapeutic care in adults with ASD. This study aims to discover how individuals with ASD fare in psychotherapy within a college counseling setting, compared to their neurotypical peers. We use archival data from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) to compare change trajectories for students with and without ASD. We compare growth mixture modeling and Bayesian semiparametric modeling as two methods for identifying and classifying change trajectories.

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