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Jessica Klusek with James Gallagher at the October 10, 2011, FPG annual meeting.
The award was established to support a student whose work involves young children or family support and is policy-related. Klusek is investigating how children with autism and fragile X syndrome use language in social situations, such as during a conversation. Through this work, Klusek hopes to further understanding of factors that might influence pragmatic language performance, which can help develop targeted interventions.
The Gallagher Dissertation Award is named in honor of Dr. James Gallagher, who served as director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute from 1970 to 1987 and has actively continued his research at the Institute.