Headshot portrait of Bennett Liu - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

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Mentor: Dennis Wall (Pediatrics - Systems Medicine and Biomedical Data Science)

“Utilization of Optum Databases to Understand Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Treatment Patterns Based on Severity, Type, and Diagnosis”

The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder has exponentially grown in the past 2 decades; however, it is not very well understood how clinicians adapt ASD treatment based on different ASD diagnoses (severity, type, and symptoms). Bennett is using SQL and leveraging insurance claims datasets from Optum Databases to analyze differences in ASD treatment based on ASD severity, type, and symptoms. Utilizing this rich database to understand better the adaptations that practitioners and clinicians make based on the ASD diagnosis can develop the understanding of trends in adaptation of treatment to the severity and type of ASD, and thus would be critical to better understanding ASD treatment.