Females in the Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders: finding the prevalence and the ways they are different

David Vagni

Italian National Research Council (CNR - Rome) - Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU - Munich) - Spazio Asperger No Profit Association

David Vagni is the vice-president of Spazio Asperger ONLUS an Italian no-profit association founded in 2011 trying to bring together professionals, researchers, parents and people living in the Spectrum. He has a MSc. In Physics, a Bc. in Psychology and a post-MSc specialization in scientific computing. He is a researcher for the Italian National Research Council and he is actually in an educational leave at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich where he is a PhD Candidate in Learning Science and works in the Neurocognitive Psychology Laboratory. His main research topics are executive functions, moral and emotional development, measures of change and heterogeneity within diagnostic groups. David Vagni is also an ASD advocate, author of a free booklet about ASD and public speaker in more than 100 conferences. He is the administrator of his association testing portal and forum. He is a counsellor for people with ASD and their families, and a mindfulness practitioner.


Background: females in the Autism Spectrum are often misdiagnosed, misunderstood or missed all together. A possible way to find, and help, them, would be to assess autism in clinic specialized in other conditions. Eating... [ view full abstract ]

Ethics and permissions statement and / or disclosure of potential conflict of interest (if relevant)

The authors declare no conflict of interest. All the information presented in this report was gathered to inform clinical care, rather than primarily for research. Accordingly, we have sought to protect privacy and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. David Vagni (Italian National Research Council (CNR - Rome) - Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU - Munich) - Spazio Asperger No Profit Association)
  2. Davide Moscone (Spazio Asperger No Profit Association)
  3. Sara Travaglione (ASL RM 1 - Santa Maria della Pietà (Rome))
  4. Armando Cotugno (ASL RM 1 - Santa Maria della Pietà (Rome))

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Topics: Research


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