Top FASD Articles of 2019

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We’ve selected a few of the research articles that have been published over the last year to highlight the recent work that has been done in the field of FASD. In 2019 we compiled a list of 230 articles that were published in the field of FASD. We narrowed our list of top articles down to 25 and focused on the areas of prevention, intervention, assessment and diagnosis, child welfare, justice, and family collaboration. 

Below is our list of the 25 top articles, broken down by subject. Bolded text indicates open-source articles (i.e. publications available for free to everyone).

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Clinical Presentation of FASD


  • Kapasi, A., Makela, M., Joly, V., Flannigan, K., & Pei, J.(2019). Understandingemployment success in adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 51(3), 377-393. doi:10.3233/JVR-191053.
  • Makela, M. L., Pei, J. R., Kerns, K. A., MacSween, J. V., Kapasi, A., & Rasmussen, C. (2019). Teaching children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to use metacognitive strategies. The Journal of Special Education, 53(2), 119-128. doi:10.1177/0022466919832371
  • Quan, R., Brintnell, E. S., & Leung, A. W. S.(2019). Elements for developing community-based interventions for adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A scoping review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82(4), 201-212. doi:10.1177/0308022618790206

Mental Health

  • Dirks, H., Francke, L., Würz, V., Kretschmann, C., Dehghan-Sanij, S., & Scherbaum, N. (2019). Substance use, comorbid psychiatric disorders and suicide attempts in adult FASD patients. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 12(1-2), 6-13. doi:10.1108/add-10-2018-0018
  • Mela, M., Coons-Harding, K. D., & Anderson, T. (2019). Recent advances in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder for mental health professionals. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 32(4), 328- 335. doi:10.1097/YCO.0000000000000514
  • Temple, V. K., Cook, J. L., Unsworth, K., Rajani, H., & Mela, M. (2019). Mental health and affect regulation impairment in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD): Results from the Canadian National FASD Database. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 54(5), 545-550. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agz049

Prevention and Maternal Health

Child Welfare



Research Methodology/Policy Issues

Basic Science and Epigenetics

  • Holman, P. J., Baglot, S. L., Morgan, E., & Weinberg, J. (2019). Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on social competence: Asymmetry in play partner preference among heterogeneous triads of male and female rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 61(4), 513-524. doi:
  • McLachlan, K., Vavasour, I., MacKay, A., Brain, U., Oberlander, T., Loock, C., Beaulieu, C. (2019). Myelin water fraction imaging of the brain in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43(5), 833-841. doi:10.1111/acer.14024

Read more here and check out our annotated bibliography of the Top FASD Articles of 2018!

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