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.
Brenda Olivia Everett Mitchell, Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Chair for Student Services and AHEC Operations, completed her PhD in Leadership Studies through the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) in late 2013.
The UNC Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science (NDSS) program hosted is first annual “A Day of Sleep Symposium” at UNC Chapel Hill on December 13, 2013. The event, sponsored by Tempur Sealy International, featured presentations by NDSS faculty and students exploring different aspects of the symposium’s theme “The Sleep Environment.”
Stephen Hooper, PhD, has received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). The award recognizes an executive, faculty, or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in three major areas of the developmental disabilities field – teaching, scholarship, and service to the wider community.
William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Stephen R. Hooper, PhD, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and Associate Dean for Allied Health Sciences.
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.
Prema Menezes, PhD, has been appointed as the first director of the physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program currently being developed within the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS).
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at 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.
Lee K. McLean, PhD, will retire in the fall of 2013 after serving as Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences for 13 years and as Associate Dean of the School of Medicine since 2005.
The UNC Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science (NDSS) Program recognized its first class of graduates at a celebration on Friday, May 17, on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
The March edition of AAMC Reporter features a story about the UNC physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program.
Arianna Timko, a master’s degree candidate in the UNC Division of Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, recently won the University Diversity Award in the graduate/professional student category.
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.
UNC Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy Professor Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, received the Service to Section Award for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Neurology Section at the 2013 Combined Section Meeting (CSM) in January.
December 3, 2012 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), and the UNC School of Medicine are collaborating to create a physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program designed for returning military veterans with input from the United States Army Special Operations Command team at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Christene Tashjian, Coordinator for the Early Development Project, received one of two University-wide awards presented this year for Excellence in Management. Tashjian was recognized at a ceremony on December 6 at the Carolina Club.
Linda Watson and Betsy Crais are familiar with the extensive journey many Americans find themselves on when trying to acquire services for children with autism spectrum disorder.
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.