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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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