Interdisciplinary Training Grants

Master's Training Grant
This master’s preparation program is designed to create a diverse cohort of students who, after completion of the program, will provide state-of-the art services to young children with autism and their families and serve as leaders in their agencies and communities. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the resources and expertise from the Divisions of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, within the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Graduates will receive their master’s degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences or Occupational Therapy and as a result of this unique personnel program, will have additional knowledge and skills related to evaluating, implementing, and disseminating evidence-based practices in autism within an interdisciplinary framework. The program of study consists of a unique set of interdisciplinary evidence-based courses, specialized interdisciplinary practica, research and service learning opportunities, and professional development activities targeting specific competencies related to the area of childhood autism. Infused throughout all project activities are strategies to raise awareness, understanding, and competency in working with diverse learners and their families. For more information, contact: Dr. Elizabeth Crais, bcrais@med.unc.edu or (919) 966-9458.
Doctoral Leadership Grant
This interdisciplinary program draws on the resources and expertise from the Divisions of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy within the School of Medicine; and Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education (ADSSE) program in the School of Education at UNC-CH. The focus of the program is to prepare students to assume leadership positions in institutions of higher education and to guide research, practice, and policy regarding evidence-based outcomes for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participating faculty have expertise in ASD and community engaged research. or more information, contact: Dr. Elizabeth Crais, bcrais@med.unc.edu or (919) 966-9458. See also the participating department's websites: Speech and Hearing Sciences Occupational Science