Dear Alumni and Friends, Happy Summer! We have had a super year! We supported the largest number of students thus far in our program to present at state and national conferences this academic year.
The accredited UNC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program, a collaboration between the Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals, is a postgraduate program aimed at accelerating specialization in orthopedic therapy knowledge and skills. This UNC program is one year in duration and consists of clinical practice, weekly one-on-one mentoring during patient care, didactic learning activities, assisting in entry-level PT classes and shadowing other healthcare providers.
Prudence Plummer, PhD received a Junior Faculty Development grant award of $5,500.
Dr. Cathy Lynn Howes, who graduated from the UNC Physical Therapy program with Master of Science in 1996 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014, and her parents Alvin and Shirley Howes have made a generous gift to endow the Howes Family Scholarship in Physical Therapy Fund at the Medical Foundation of NC.
UNC physical therapy alum Jennifer Cooke, PT, DPT joined the Division of Physical Therapy faculty in January. She is currently involved in clinical practice for the Division as well as clinical and classroom teaching and research. Jennifer is seeing patients in the Division’s newest clinic location at the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough. She also sees patients at the UNC Therapy Services clinic at the UNC Wellness Center in Northwest Cary. This clinic is a collaboration between the Department of Allied Health Sciences and UNC Hospitals.
There was a visible presence of students and faculty of UNC’s Division of Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology at the 2015 National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference held April 22-24 in Manhattan Beach, California.
On May 1, 2015, the Division of CLS hosted a reception to recognize the graduating Molecular Diagnostic Science students and the MDS Corporate Partners.
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Adam Jacks, PhD, recently received a subcontract through a Small Business Grant (R44) to Soterix Medical Inc. from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Anna Hart (class of 2016), was recently selected for the WOW (World of Work) Youth Employment Internship through the Division of Services for the Blind to help students aged 16-19 who are blind and visually impaired learn the soft skills needed to become a good employee.
For the 2015 Mitchell Symposium, the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy welcomed Dorothy Holland, Ph.D., Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Holland is a sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted extensive research in identity, social movements, and activism. Recently, she has concentrated on participatory research methods that can generate meaningful responses to the challenges faced by communities.
Efforts to Reach Underserved Children with Autism and Their Families: Collaboration with Faith Leaders
In an effort to reach underserved young children, researchers have joined forces with local faith leaders to increase the early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities and to facilitate the inclusion of individuals with autism in faith communities. Drs. Betsy Crais (Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences), Dr. Becky Pretzel (Carolina Institute on Developmental Disabilities) and Ms. Maureen Morrell (Autism Society of North Carolina) received a grant from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, to work with faith communities.
Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder
Parents using these strategies , known as Adapted Responsive Teaching (ART), reported significant improvements in their child’s sensory responsiveness, communication and socialization.
This weekend (January 31st - February 2nd) on YOUR HEALTH® Adam & Cristy will be talking with Dr. Betsy Crais, Professor at UNC’s Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences about Speech & Language Development: From Children to Adults.
New UNC Study Investigates Parent-Mediated Intervention for Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
A group of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members from the departments of Allied Health Sciences, Psychiatry, and Psychology including Drs. Grace Baranek, Linda Watson, Lauren Turner-Brown, Samuel Field, Elizabeth Crais, Linn Wakeford, Lauren Little, and J. Steven Reznick have authored a new article that will appear in the winter 2015 edition of the Autism Research and Treatment, a peer-reviewed, open access journal.