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Five PhD students, who represent three health care disciplines from the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS), have received the 2019 Student Research Ambassador Award, awarded by the department’s Office of Research and Scholarship. This prestigious travel award recognizes students who showcase outstanding research in the larger academic and professional community.

Bondurant Hall
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This year’s recipients include the following:

  • Amanda Carroll: “Occupational Participation and Community Integration in Post-Secondary Students with Cerebral Palsy: Challenging Dominant Conceptualizations,”  presented in October 2018 at the SSO-USA Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Michaela DuBay: “How do you translate “Peek-a-boo” when “Peek-a-boo” doesn’t exist? Cultural adaptation of a parent-report screening tool,” presented on May 4, 2019 at the International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting in Palais des congres de Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Ryan Lavalley: “Conceptualizing Communities in Transition: A Senior Center Welcomes Immigrants,” presented in August 2019 at the Occupational Science Europe Conference 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Steven Pfeiffer: “Response of Femoral Articular Cartilage throughout a 5,000 Step Walking Protocol Using Ultrasound,” presented on May 31, 2019 at the 2019 Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise, Circadian Rhythms and Sleep of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Florida.
  • Julianna Prim: “Performance on a Test of Tactical Agility Designed to Assist with Military Return to Duty Decision Making: Preliminary Analysis of Service Members with Mtbi and Healthy Controls,” presented in August 2019 at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida.

Participation at high-visibility research conferences or at well-regarded professional conferences, through presentation of research posters or oral presentations, provides students with opportunities to advance their research and to network with other students and faculty. The award process was competitive, as DAHS students submitted outstanding entries. The applications were scored by a DAHS review committee.