Crais Honored as Faculty Engaged Scholar

Speech and Hearing Sciences Professor Betsy Crais was one of eight scholars recognized at a graduation ceremony for Class III of the Carolina Center for Public Service's Faculty Engaged Scholars program on November 2. Crais and the other scholars, who represented various disciplines from across campus, received cords and certificates during the ceremony at the Carolina Club.

Crais Honored as Faculty Engaged Scholar click to enlarge Professor Betsy Crais

The Faculty Engaged Scholars program is an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service. Scholars participate in a highly interactive, experiential, and competency-based curriculum involving field visits, exposure to ongoing projects, and discussions with community members and faculty partners. Sessions address such topics as funding and dissemination of engaged scholarship, navigating disciplinary expectations while addressing community needs, and partnering with local communities in North Carolina and beyond.

Crais’ research focuses on addressing the gap between parental concern and action on the part of professionals to identify, diagnose, and intervene with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She works closely with a team of interdisciplinary researchers including Drs. Grace Baranek, Linda Watson, Steve Reznick, and Lauren Turner-Brown. Crais’ research through the Faculty Engaged Scholars program focused on working closely with primary care providers to identify children with or at-risk for ASD.

Click here to read more about Crais and other members of the Faculty Engaged Scholars Class III.

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