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Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Poindexter

Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Poindexter

Elizabeth Poindexter joined the Department of Allied Health Sciences as the director of communications in October 2015.

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2016 Mitchell Symposium

2016 Mitchell Symposium

For the 2016 Mitchell Symposium, the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy welcomed Staffan Josephsson, PhD, OT, and professor of occupational therapy at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

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2016 Human Movement Science Symposium

The 2016 Human Movement Science and Biomechanics Research Symposium featured keynote speaker Louis E. DeFrate, Sc.D. DeFrate is the Frank H. Bassett III, MD, endowed chair and an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

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Givens Receives Grant to Study Knee Osteoarthritis

Givens Receives Grant to Study Knee Osteoarthritis

Dr. Debby Givens, PT, PhD, DPT, director of the Division of Physical Therapy, recently received a $50,000 grant from the NC TraCS Institute to conduct a pilot study of research rehabilitation and knee osteoarthritis. Knee osteoarthritis (OA), is prevalent, and knee replacement surgeries are on the rise.

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Research suggests health care disparities in rural areas among children with autism

Research suggests health care disparities in rural areas among children with autism

A team of researchers headed by DAHS research methodologist and Assistant Professor Wanqing Zhang, PhD, MD, has identified rural-urban differences and differences in the likelihood of emergency department (ED) visits for children with autism.

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SHS Assistant Professor Adam Jacks, PhD Receives Grant

SHS Assistant Professor Adam Jacks, PhD Receives Grant

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).

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New UNC Study Investigates Parent-Mediated Intervention for Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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.

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Faculty and PhD Students Participate in Joint International Conference in Occupational Science

Faculty and PhD Students Participate in Joint International Conference in Occupational Science

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.

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Twelve RCP students Present at State Conference

Twelve RCP students Present at State Conference

Out of a class of 20 second-year students, 12 had poster presentations accepted in the NC Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference in Greenville, NC.

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PhD Student Wins Erwick Roberts Early Career Award

PhD Student Wins Erwick Roberts Early Career Award

Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral student Jessica Kinard was selected to receive the 2014 Joanne Erwick Roberts Early Career Award.

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PhD Student Wins ASHA Scholarship

PhD Student Wins ASHA Scholarship

Nicole Corbin, a second-year Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD student, has been awarded a $5,000 ASHA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship.

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Research Team Receives Editors’ Award from the American Journal of SLP

Research Team Receives Editors’ Award from the American Journal of SLP

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.

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Watson Graduates from Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Watson Graduates from Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Dr. Linda Watson, Professor, graduated from the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program in August.

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NIH Grant Supports Interdisciplinary Research on Walking in the Real World After Stroke

NIH Grant Supports Interdisciplinary Research on Walking in the Real World After Stroke

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.

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DOD Grant Funds Duke-UNC Collaboration to Investigate  the Development of Anxiety Disorders in Children with ASD

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.

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Project Core Aims to Improve Implementation of Technology Tools for Students with Disabilities

Project Core Aims to Improve Implementation of Technology Tools for Students with Disabilities

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.

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Study by UNC Researchers Identified as One of Top 20 Advances in ASD research for 2013

Study by UNC Researchers Identified as One of Top 20 Advances in ASD research for 2013

“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).

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2014 Mitchell Symposium Public Lecture Available Online

2014 Mitchell Symposium Public Lecture Available Online

The 2014 Mitchell Symposium public lecture, "Occupational Activism for Global Justice," by Dr. Gelya Frank, PhD, is now available online.

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Community Engagement Fellowship Awarded to DAHS Student Research Team

Community Engagement Fellowship Awarded to DAHS Student Research Team

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).

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Grant Supports HSL Librarian Partnership with DAHS Research Team

Grant Supports HSL Librarian Partnership with DAHS Research Team

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.

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2014 David E. Yoder Symposium

2014 David E. Yoder Symposium

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.

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New Interdisciplinary Autism Training Grant will Help Produce Leaders in Research and Outreach

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.

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New Faculty 2013

The Department of Allied Health Sciences welcomed nine new faculty members for the fall of 2013.

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Hasselkus Visits as 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar

Hasselkus Visits as 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar

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.

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McCulloch Honored by APTA as Research on Assessment for Wounded Warriors Continues to Draw Support

McCulloch Honored by APTA as Research on Assessment for Wounded Warriors Continues to Draw Support

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.

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From Dr. Grace Baranek, Associate Chair for Research, Summer 2013

From Dr. Grace Baranek, Associate Chair for Research, Summer 2013

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!

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Study:Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

Study:Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

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.

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Research in the DAHS: Looking Back – and Forward

Research in the DAHS: Looking Back – and Forward

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!”

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Rák Receives Grant for Statewide Needs Assessment of Services for Visually Impaired

Rák Receives Grant for Statewide Needs Assessment of Services for Visually Impaired

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.

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SEP Hosts Research Symposium at Gatlinburg Conference

SEP Hosts Research Symposium at Gatlinburg Conference

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.

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Crais Honored as Faculty Engaged Scholar

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.

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Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism

Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism

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.

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Jacks Receives NIDCD Award to Study Treatment for Speech Impairment

Jacks Receives NIDCD Award to Study Treatment for Speech Impairment

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.

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Lewek Awarded NIH Grant for Research on Improving Stroke Survivors' Ability to Walk

Lewek Awarded NIH Grant for Research on Improving Stroke Survivors' Ability to Walk

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.

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