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Graduate student, Orla Putnam, presents at ASHA 2022.

November 18, 2022

Third year graduate student, Orla Putnam, presented both a poster and oral presentation at the 2022 American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) conference in New Orleans. Together with SAGA Collaborator, Dr. Parish-Morris, she presented data examining how prosodic markers of speech vary been autistic males and females and non-autistic males and females. She also presented … Continued

Research coordinator, Maia Karpinsky, joins the Harrop Lab.

November 18, 2022

This month we welcome our new research coordinator, Maia Karpinsky, to the Harrop Lab. Maia graduated this spring from Marquette University. She will be project coordinator for the SAGA Study, working directly with families and leading assessments. We are excited to have her join the growing team!  

Non-social stimuli eye-tracking paper published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

November 18, 2022

After a long journey (!), we are excited to our study examining attention to non-social stimuli published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study examined how autistic children, children with developmental disorders, and neurotypical children attended to non-social stimuli with varying properties, such as movement. We thank Dr. Claire Chen for leading the charge … Continued

Graduate student, Jessie Goldblum, awarded Dashell dissertation award.

November 18, 2022

This fall, 5th year graduate student, Jessie Goldblum, was awarded the Dashell Dissertation Award from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. This awarded is intended to support Jessie’s dissertation studies and allows her to recruit more families for the TRAVEL study. Congrats Jessie!  

Harrop Lab welcomes new cohort of undergraduate and master’s students.

November 18, 2022

As a new semester starts, we welcomed EIGHT new undergraduate research assistants and two master’s students from Speech and Hearing Sciences. Welcome to the lab Anaam, Macey, Amanda, Kim, Gavin, Henry, Tyler, Kedrianna, Emma and Brenna! We are excited to have you as part of the team.  

Dr. Harrop presents at the Science of Autism.

November 18, 2022

Dr. Harrop presented at the Science of Autism Seminar Series, co-hosted by Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University. The panel was focused on sex and gender in autism, with Dr. Harrop presenting data from UNC TEACCH. Dr. Harrop was joined by Dr. Fred Volkmar and Dr. Roald Øien. Thank you for the invite and … Continued

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Tyler McFayden, Joins the Lab.

November 18, 2022

Dr. Tyler McFayden officially joined the Harrop Lab as our first postdoctoral fellow. Dr. McFayden completed her doctoral training at Virgina Tech and her internship here at UNC at the Carolina Institute in Developmental Disabilities. She is funded through a CIDD T32 Postdoctoral Training Fellowship and will be co-mentored by Dr. Harrop and Dr. Mike … Continued

SAGA study is officially launched!

November 18, 2022

The SAGA study was officially launched in July 2022, opening our doors to (hopefully) 140 children and their families over the next five years. This study will be one of the largest longitudinal studies of autistic females and will also chart gender identity and concept development in young children. Participation in the study involves visiting … Continued

Manuscript on the influences of COVID-19 Pandemic on autistic children published.

November 18, 2022

Our BIDD COVID Team published an article, Occupational Disruption: The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Behavioral Inflexibility and Anxiety of Autistic Children, in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. The study reports the mixed-methods approach we took to capture how the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic impact autistic individuals and their families. … Continued

A fond farewell to lab manager, Cathy Perry.

November 18, 2022

After three years with the Harrop Lab, we bid a fond farewell to Cathy Perry. Cathy has been a part of the lab since we started and helped us grow to where we are today. She plans to apply for graduate school this year and hopes to become a mental health counsellor.