This four-part orientation is strongly recommended for all clinical research personnel who are new to UNC or new to research. The objectives are to introduce research personnel to the UNC offices involved in clinical trials, discuss the federal and local regulations governing conduct of research, and provide an overview of best practices utilized in the implementation of clinical research. Pre-requisites to attend these trainings are completion of the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and CITI Human Subjects Protection (IRB/Ethics) modules available online at: https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp
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.
Dr. Antoine Bailliard, Assistant Professor, has received a Junior Faculty Development Award and a grant from the University Research Council to study immigration experiences of the Latino community in North Carolina.
Sumita Rege is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she had earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from Mumbai University and practiced as an occupational therapist in Mumbai, India for seven years.
Christene Tashjian is the Project Coordinator for the Early Development Project-2, whose offices can be found off campus in the Carr Mill Mall.
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.
Lucía I. Méndez, a current PhD candidate in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant by the Early Care Education and Head Start Research Scholars Grant Program to support her dissertation research.
Heather Fritz, a fourth-year Occupational Science PhD candidate, has received two grants to help fund the study “Integrating Diabetes Self-Management into Daily Life: Exploring Process, Habit, and Occupation.” Fritz’s research focuses on how low income women integrate diabetes self management behaviors into daily life.
Mackenzi Pergolotti, a fourth-year Occupational Science PhD candidate, received a $2,000 NC TraCS grant to help her research the utilization of occupational therapy by older patients with cancer by using data from the Integrative Cancer Information and Surveillance System (ICISS).
Dr. Lauren Little received the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Dissertation Research Grant Award in February 2012.
Jessica Klusek, a doctoral student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, received the 2011 James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award.
The first three UNC Chapel Hill doctoral students to participate in the Autism Leadership Grant’s interdisciplinary program graduated in May 2012.
Kendra Heatwole Shank, a PhD candidate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the School of Medicine, interviewed with Frank Stasio of WUNC’s “State of Things” to talk about a project she designed to better understand livability issues facing older Americans.
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.
Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR), an intensive grant writing workshop that builds upon the successful model used by the Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS) workshops, will be held January 15-19, 2013 in Chapel Hill. The target audience for this workshop includes junior and mid-level faculty in all rehabilitation research disciplines who are on the cusp of success in NIH-funded or similar research but could benefit from expert mentorship in grant development.
A scientific poster presented by third-year AuD student Mallory Baker and Associate Professor Patricia Roush, AuD (Dept. of Otolaryngology) won first prize for scientific merit at the 12th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference in St. Louis, MO, March 5-6, 2012.
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.
Dr. Sara Mamo, a 2008 graduate of the AuD program and a current PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded an F32 postdoctoral fellowship by the National Institutes of Health.
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.
Kristin Nellenbach, PhD, (’10) recently became the fourth Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral program alumna to win the Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award.