FASD Screening & Diagnosis: Steps in Care & Prevention

Dr. Nighswander has spent most of his career working with and caring for families in Alaska. He has been a member of the clinical staff at the Alaska Native Medical Center since 1977, the Facilitator for the Alaska Telehealth Advisory Commission since 1999, and the Medical Director of the State of Alaska FAS program. He has also spent an extensive amount of time working to better the health of children and families in Malawi, Africa.

Dr. Nighswander is currently the Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education (Alaska) at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a member of the Alaska WWAMI Steering Committee.

In this lecture, Dr. Nighswander will discuss screening and diagnosis of FASDs, issues surrounding FASDs in adults, and progress being made in FASD prevention.

This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 307. 

The entrance to the library is on the Providence Hospital side of the building. Room 307 is on the third floor. There are elevators just past the reference section and computers.

Map: www.uaa.alaska.edu/map/

Teleconference information

Presentation handout


The UAA/APU Consortium Library parking lot is on Alumni Drive, which is off of Providence Drive and opposite Providence Hospital. Please see the map.

Please arrive early to secure a parking place and be prepared to pay for at least one hour's worth of parking.

Free parking does not begin until 7:30 p.m. (UAA Parking Services will ticket anyone who does not have a valid parking permit.)

Continuing Education

Participants will be eligible to received two (2) continuing education (CE) credits for the completion of the lecture. The processing fee for these two credits is $25.00.

CBHRS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. These CE credits are accepted by several licensing boards and for other professional purposes. CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

If you wish to receive continuing education credits for this lecture, please print and submit the registration form, along with the $25.00 CE processing fee.

Target Audience

  • Health and allied health professionals
  • Students in health and allied health programs
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Community members interested in learning more about FASDs


  • No previous knowledge of FASDs is required.

Learning Objectives

Based on the content of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to identify or screen an individual for an FASD, including differences in presentation in adults compared to children.
  • Identify issues associated with FASDs in adults, including secondary disabilities.
  • Discuss the process involved in making a referral for screening and assessment for FASD.