Education and Outreach



Upcoming Public Outreach Events

Andrew Gardner

March 14-17, 2018: 2019 Regional Conference on Behavioral Analysis, Fort Worth, Texas

May 23-27, 2019: "Children's Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (PANS/PANDAS/CPAE) and Autism Spectrum Disorder. A Bio-behavioral Analysis of Challenging Behavior", ABAI 45th Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois

May 23-27, 2019: "A Summary of Behavioral Function for Children With and Without PANS/PANDAS/CPAE Using the Function of Behavior - Medical Setting (FOB-MED) Screening Tool". ABAI 45th Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois



Members of our Tucson CPAE Team were asked to create an article summarizing the community care for children with Autoimmune Encephalopathies for an evidence-based practice letter that was later published. The link to this article is below:

NAU Bridge Brief


Past Public Outreach - Presentations

Sydney Rice

  • “Childhood Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy: what is the connection between infection, the immune system and psychiatric illness”, Autism Society of Greater Phoenix. October 20, 2018. Phoenix, AZ.  (40 Participants)
  • “Childhood Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy”, Banner Network Child Life Specialists, July 31, 2018. Casa Grande, Arizona.  (50 participants)
  • “Childhood Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy”, Down Syndrome Network of Arizona. April 21, 2018. Mesa, Arizona.  (50 participants)
  • “Let’s Talk About the Brain”, A Brain Awareness Week Event, University of Arizona College of Medicine. March 13, 2018.  (75 participants)
  • “Childhood Post-infectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy, Diagnosis and Treatment in Arizona”. Phoenix, Arizona. 3 hours, October 1, 2017.  (30 participants)
  • “Autoimmune Encephalopathy”, University of Arizona Family Medicine Program. April 12, 2017. 1 hour.  (30 participants)
  • “Autoimmune Encephalopathy”, UA Yuma Friends, April 11, 2017 50 participants
  • “Traumatic Brain Injury, ADHD and other Disorders of the Central Nervous System”, seminar presentation University of Arizona LEND, March 10, 2017, 3 hours, 40 participants.
  • “Autoimmune Encephalopathy”, Presentation to North Scottsdale Pediatrics, January 24, 2017, 1 hour, 20 participants
  • “Autoimmune Encephalopathy”, Presentation to the Tucson Rotary Club, January 4, 2017, 1 hour, 250 participants


Peter Klinger

  • “OCD Presentation”, Banner UMC/UofA Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program, February 28, 2018
  • “PANS/PANDAS diagnosis, biological underpinnings, and our clinic structure”,  Banner UMC/UofA Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program, February 28, 2018
  • “What is PANS and What Can We Do For It”, Southwestern School for Behavioral Studies, August 13, 2018, Tucson, Arizona, 5 participants
  • "What is PANS? What is known and what is not known, and what can we do?", University of Arizona College of Medicine/Banner University Medical Psychiatry Center Grand Rounds, November 14th, 2018 Tucson, Arizona
  • "Review of the JAMA Psychiatry Denmark Study in the context of our Center of Excellence for PANS/PANDAS", Psychiatry Residency Journal Club, 1 Hour, Tucosn, AZ, January 9th, 2019 (36 participants)


Andrew Gardner

  • “A Functional Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of CPAE Symptomatology”, Southwestern School for Behavioral Studies, August 13, 2018, Tucson Arizona, 5 participants


Jessica West

  • “Caring for a Child With PANS or PANDAS and Exploring the CPAE Clinical Experience”, Southwestern School for Behavioral Studies, August 13, 2018, Tucson Arizona, 5 participants


Christopher Spiekerman

  • Desert Shores Pediatrics, September 12th, 2018, 1 hour, 20 providers


Past Public Outreach - Conferences

Sydney Rice

  • Autoimmune Encephalopathy, Cardon Banner Grand Rounds, April 4, 2017, 50 participants.
  • Autoimmune Encephalopathy, presentation to Arizona School Nurse Association, 9th Annual School Healthcare Training Event, January 28, 2017, 1 hour, 220 participants


Michael Daines

  • CME – Peds in the Desert, 1 Hour, 130 participants, Tucson
  • Lecture: "PANDAS, but not the cute kind: the spectrum of post infectious autoimmune encephalopathy” Peds in the Red Rocks, 1 Hour, Sedona, June 29, 2018. (130 participants)
  • “Pediatric Post-Infectious Autoimmune Encephalopathies: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Diagnosis & Treatment” Peds by the Sea, 1 Hour, Florida, June 15, 2018. (130 participants)


Peter Klinger

  • "Psychosocial Issues in Chronic Illness", IgNS 7th National Conference - Advancing Ig Therapy Practice, October 18-21, 2018, Dallas, Texas


Past Public Outreach - Media

Sydney Rice

  • “Yuma Native Will Speak on Child Health Issue”, Yuma Daily Sun, April 4, 2017.
  • “PANDAS/PANS treatments, awareness evolve, but some experts skeptical”, AAP News, March 28, 2017