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Debra Reisinger

Debra Reisinger to start internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute in July!

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A big congratulations to graduate student Debra Reisinger, who has accepted an internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland!  Debra will intern at Kennedy Krieger for the 2017-2018 academic year with plans to obtain her doctoral degree upon completion.  We hope her dogs will acclimate to the Baltimore weather quickly;)  Congratulations Debra!!


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Dr. Jane Roberts gave a talk at UC Davis Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Jane Roberts participated in UC Davis’ Distinguished Lecture Series on April 12th 2017.  Her talk was entitled, Biobehavioral Profiles in Infants with Fragile X Syndrome: Emergence of Autism and Anxiety in Fragile X Syndrome.   She spoke about characterizing the phenotype of fragile X syndrome, the leading known single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorders. In addition, Dr. Roberts talked about her latest research which focuses on the role of anxiety in autism and their interface across the developmental spectrum.


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Join us in Lighting it Up Blue!!

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April is National Autism Awareness Month! According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 68 school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This month gives an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness and acceptance around the world. Together we can make a better world for those with autism by taking action and supporting organizations which provide support for families affected by ASD.


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Magellan Awarded to Chandler Knott and Allison Vittes

Undergraduates Chandler Knott and Allison Vittes have been awarded a Magellan grant to fund their research project entitled: Early Features of Anxiety Behavior in Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Congratulations Chandler and Allison!


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Advocating for the Fragile X Community on Capitol Hill!

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National Fragile X Advocacy Day took place February 28th – March 1st, 2017 in Washington D.C.!  Dr. Jane Roberts was proud to be able to attend this annual event along with many other influential interventionists who are fighting for the rights of the Fragile X Community!  Here, Dr. Roberts is pictured with Dejan Budimirovic M.D., medical co-director of the Fragile X Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as  Tracy Stackhouse, and Sarah (“Mouse”) Scharfenaker, the co-founders of Developmental FX in Denver Colorado. Parents, family members and self-advocates living with Fragile X are encouraged to participate in this annual event and make their voices heard!


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Congratulations to Hannah Durham on her new position at Duke University!!

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Hannah Durham graduated from USC this past May and is currently a research assistant in our lab. She has accepted a clinical research specialist position at the Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University Medical Center! She will be joining a team who is studying the efficacy of umbilical cord blood infusion for improving outcomes of children with autism spectrum disorder. Congratulations!!


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Congratulations to Dr. Abigail Hogan, recipient of the Theodore Tjossem Postdoctoral Travel Award!!

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It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Abigail Hogan is the recipient of the Theodore Tjossem Postdoctoral Travel Award in the amount of $400.00 to attend the 50th Annual Gatlinburg Conference. This conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences in the United States for behavioral scientists conducting research in intellectual and related developmental disabilities. Dr. Hogan will be giving a talk on exciting new findings and attending both evening poster sessions on Wednesday, March 8th and Thursday, March 9th . For more information about the Gatlinburg Conference, please refer to the UC Davis website   


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Congratulations to Sara Matherly!!

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A big congratulations to Sara Matherly who received $5,000 funding from the University of South Carolina through the SPARC Graduate Research Grant Program! Sara, a graduate student in the School Psychology Ph.D. program, will be attending a training on the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule and Autism Spectrum Addendum to capture distinct profiles of anxiety in autism spectrum disorders. This will help to better understand the impact of anxiety across multiple domains impacting young adult independence within cross-syndrome ASD.


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All set to travel to USC NDD Lab!

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Some of our participants just can’t wait to pack their bags and come see us.  Others just jump right in the bags 😉 We were so happy to see Max this February and we look forward to hosting many other families here in Columbia.


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At the forefront of the fight for Inclusive Education

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Kenneth Kelty is amazing and inspiring. Dr. Jane Roberts was lucky to meet him at an early age and be able to see the potential in this young man. http://www.globi-observatory.org/my-journey-as-a-public-speaker-with-autism/


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