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.
The 2014 Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists, and the International Society for Occupational Science Joint International Conference in Occupational Science, hosted by St. Catherine University, convened October 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Out of a class of 20 second-year students, 12 had poster presentations accepted in the NC Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference in Greenville, NC.
Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral student Jessica Kinard was selected to receive the 2014 Joanne Erwick Roberts Early Career Award.
Nicole Corbin, a second-year Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD student, has been awarded a $5,000 ASHA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship.
Speech and Hearing Sciences Professors Linda Watson and Betsy Crais, Occupational Science Professor Grace Baranek, and Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD graduates Jessica Dykstra and Kaitlyn Wilson authored an article that received the 2013 Editors’ Award from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
Dr. Linda Watson, Professor, graduated from the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program in August.
Dr. Ilana Levin, PT, DPT, is a current Human Movement Science PhD student. Her research interests include factors contributing to decreased mobility in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (cerebral palsy in particular) and intervention programs to increase functional mobility in this population.
Dr. Sarah Schipul, a post-doctoral fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, has been named a Meixner Postdoctoral Fellow in Translational Research by Autism Speaks.
Three Occupational Science doctoral students, Valerie Fox, Anne V. Kirby, and Adrienne Miao, have been selected to receive $800 research awards from the Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO): USA. The SSO: USA announced the awards in July. Students were selected based on the strength of the grant proposals they submitted.
Jennifer Daniel joined the Department of Allied Health Sciences as Grants and Contracts Manager in late May.
Dr. Prudence Plummer, Assistant Professor, has received a NIH R21 grant to fund “Real-world assessment of dual-task performance after stroke,” an interdisciplinary endeavor involving researchers in physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and psycholinguistics. The grant will provide $275,000 in direct costs over two years.
DOD Grant Funds Duke-UNC Collaboration to Investigate the Development of Anxiety Disorders in Children with ASD
A new Duke-UNC Chapel Hill collaboration titled “Precursors to the development of anxiety disorders in young children with autism spectrum disorder” has received a grant from the Department of Defense that will provide $531,390 in total funding over three years.
The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) has been awarded $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, for Project Core, an Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities–Stepping-Up Technology Implementation grant.
“Comparative Efficacy of LEAP, TEACCH and Non-Model-Specific Special Education Programs for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” was one 20 studies listed in the 2013 Summary of Advances recently released by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
The 2014 Mitchell Symposium public lecture, "Occupational Activism for Global Justice," by Dr. Gelya Frank, PhD, is now available online.
The Carolina Center for Public Service has awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship to an interdisciplinary team of student researchers from the Department of Allied Health Sciences: Tyson Harmon (PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences), Mei-Ling Lin (PhD student in the Division of Occupational Science), and Gabrielle Scronce (DPT student in the Division of Physical Therapy).
Three Health Sciences Library (HSL) librarians and Lori Leibold, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, successfully earned funding for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) Administrative Supplement.
The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosted the 2014 David E. Yoder Symposium on March 28 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The all-day session, titled “Combining Literacy and Language Intervention of Young Children,” was led by Dr. Laura Justice, Executive Director of the Children’s Learning Research Collaborative and EHE Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University.
As I begin my tenure as Associate Dean and Chair for the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS), I am truly excited about the future. My arrival could not have gone better, thanks in part to an extremely thoughtful welcoming event on January 7 (Thanks to all involved!).
We’re only half way through academic year 2013-2014 and already there are several noteworthy accomplishments!
When she’s not running half-marathons in Alaska or playing with her Black Lab mix, Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral candidate Jennie Zoski is working to combine her passions for literacy and language with her love of children.
John Bulluck, Research Systems Analyst, has been helping researchers with the Sensory Experiences Project (SEP) determine the best strategies for tackling ever-evolving technological challenges since 2008.
A new interdisciplinary training grant to help doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows at UNC develop leadership competencies related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has received $1,246,834 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Nancy Bagatell, Associate Professor, has received a Junior Faculty Development Award worth $7,500 to fund research. The pilot project, called “Families with Adolescent-Aged Children and the Co-construction and Re-negotiation of Occupations and Routines: Investigating Methods to Capture Transactions of Families,” seeks to study the routines and occupations of families with adolescents to discover how and why these routines change over time.
Klinger Receives Grant to Study Interventions for Improving Employment Skills of Adolescents with ASD
Dr. Mark R. Klinger, Associate Professor, has received a two-year, $120,000 grant from Autism Speaks to research ways to better prepare adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for productive, long-term employment.
UNC to Launch Unprecedented Collaboration to Improve Services for Young Children with Autism and Their Families
January 13, 2014 - Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a State Implementation Grant of $900,000 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
Researchers with the UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have received $25,000 in seed grant funding from the Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) to further development of a hamstrings muscle stretching device prototype.
Cunningham Receives SPARC Award * Hodson Completes NIH/NICD Summer Fellowship * Gomez Receives NICD Travel Award * Mamo Awarded New Century Scholars Doctoral Fellowship * White Receives NICD Grant * Wutzke Selected as Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholar * Timko Wins Diversity Award
Occupational Science PhD candidate Ashley Freuler successfully defended her dissertation in the spring of 2013 and will graduate in August.
Dr. Carty Husted lives the best of both worlds.
Woodward Named Radiologic Original * Watson Named ASHA Fellow * Renner Wins National Advising Award * Thorpe Delivers Keynotes, Receives APTA Award * Williams Selected for ACCLAIM Program
The Department of Allied Health Sciences welcomed nine new faculty members for the fall of 2013.
Dr. Betty Risteen Hasselkus, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology/Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visited UNC Chapel Hill in March as the 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar.
Dr. Karen McCulloch, Professor, received the Service to Section Award for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Neurology Section at the 2013 Combined Section Meeting in January.
Looking back on this year, I’m so proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students, despite hard economic times for research funding – it’s quite an impressive group!
Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used – a surprising result that may have important implications for special-education programs and school classrooms across the country.
As I sit down to write this, and look back over 13 years of research in the DAHS, two old advertising tag-lines keep popping into my head: “You’ve come a long way, Baby!” and “You made it the old fashioned way, you earned it!”
Dr. Enikõ Rák, Assistant Professor, has received a $33,324 grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind (DSB), to support a “Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment,” to identify and describe the rehabilitation needs of individuals with blindness, deaf-blindness, and other visual disabilities.
The Sensory Experiences Project (SEP) team, led by Dr. Grace Baranek, recently hosted a research symposium, titled "Characterizing Sensory Features in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Behavior and Physiology," at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
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.
The First Year Inventory, a 10-minute questionnaire filled out by parents after a child’s first birthday, shows promise in identifying children who are later diagnosed with autism or other developmental problems.
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Adam Jacks, PhD, recently received an R03 award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) focusing on an alternative approach to treating speech impairment in stroke survivors.
UNC Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Michael Lewek, PT, PhD, has received a $400,000 NIH R21 grant to continue work studying ways to help stroke survivors’ improve their ability to walk. Lewek initially pursued this line of research with the help of a NC TraCS $10,000 pilot grant.