Congratulations to Carly Moser and Kelly Caravella!

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Congratulations to Carly Moser and Kelly Caravella!

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The NDD Lab is celebrating a two important graduations this fall!  Carly Moser has successfully completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at USC and she will continue to work at our lab as an integral member of our assessment team!  Kelly Caravella is currently a Clinical-Community Ph.D. student who has just received her Masters of Arts degree this month!  She will continue her doctoral studies while working in our lab as a primary assessor.   Congratulations to both of them and we are lucky to have them here in the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Lab!


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Congratulations to our newest Ph.D.s! Dr. Marjorie Grefer and Dr. Jessi Scherr

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We are so proud to announce that Jessi Scherr and Marjorie Grefer have received their doctorates in School Psychology!  They have successfully completed their internship experiences are are excited to start their post-graduate careers.  Dr. Jessi Scherr has accepted a two -year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio specializing in clinical research of assessment and treatment practices of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Marjorie Grefer is a certified school psychologist in Lexington County School District One and she is completing postdoctoral hours for licensure in South Carolina. Congratulations!!


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Dr. Abigail Hogan presents to the CAS Board of Visitors!

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Dr. Abigail Hogan presented her poster on Neural Processing in Fragile X Syndrome and Autism to the CAS Board of Visitors on December 2, 2016. It was an honor to present the experimental design of our NIH-funded preschool grant to a governing body of the College of Arts and Sciences.


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Our FXLA participant, Jeffrey Creighton, was featured on ABC News!!

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We are overjoyed to see that Jeffrey was able to play football for his high school team!  It is beautiful to see so many people come together to support him and we consider it a big win for people struggling with developmental disabilities!!   Great news about a wonderful family:

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/high-school-football-manager-suits-time-43347012


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Dr. Jane Roberts featured in TOP NEWS STORIES

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Dr. Jane Roberts received over 6 million dollars in funding in 2016 and for this reason, she is currently featured in the USC College of Arts and Sciences Top News Stories.  The grants received from the National Institute for Mental Health fund studies which aim to determine the developmental trajectories of disorders such as Autism and Fragile X Syndrome as well as the relation between protective factors and mental health outcomes in early childhood.  To read more about these projects, her community engagement and her collaborative efforts with other researchers, you may reference the full article here.


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Symposium accepted at South Carolina Autism Conference

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Graduate Students Sara Matherly and Jordan Ezell will be presenting on the Challenges and benefits to identifying and treating anxiety in youth with autism spectrum Disorders at the SC Autism Society conference on Friday, November 4th, 2016!

 


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Dr. Jane Roberts presents at the BSRC Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

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The High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC) is a group consisting of 25 accomplished scientists, which represent 21 research institutions in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom.  At their most recent meeting this October in San Diego CA, Dr. Jane Roberts presented a paper entitled: Autism Features in Infants with Fragile X. It was an honor to be a part of the collaborative effort across many research sites to discover the earliest signs of ASD, its early risk factors, and new methods for early diagnosis.


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Currently Recruiting children with Autism

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We are recruiting children who have been diagnosed with Autism!

Who can take part in this study:  Children 30-42 months diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and a developmental delay.

What will participation involve:  Completing some interviews and questionnaires about your thoughts and experiences as well as your child’s development.  Yearly in person assessments of mom and child at your home.  Participants will be compensated  for their time and receive a brief report of their child’s development.

How will this project help families: This information would enable us to support all families affected by neuro-developmental disorders by promoting earlier diagnosis, treatment and support.

How can I get more information: Please contact Ms. Jessica Escorcia via email (uscdevlab@gmail.com) or phone (803-777- 5676). You may also visit our recruitment page.


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Anxiety Grant Funded by the National Institute of Health!

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In September 2016, Dr. Jane Roberts was awarded funding by the National Institute of Mental Health for the project entitled: Emergence, Stability and Predictors of Anxiety in Fragile X Syndrome.  It is the first longitudinal developmental study of the early features of anxiety in very young boys with FXS contrasted to boys diagnosed with ASD (non-FXS) and typical controls.  The study analyzes the age which initial features of anxiety can be detected and the stability and prognostic value of these early symptoms.  Our lab is eager to start work on this exciting new project!!


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NIH Grant Extension funds further research into trauma and adjustment!

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Dr. Jane Roberts has the privilege of working with Dr. Yolanda Jackson from the University of Kansas Center for Research on a grant project entitled: Trauma Exposure, emotion regulation and cognitive skills in early childhood: Prospective and longitudinal examination of the mechanisms of adjustment.  NIH just approved a renewal of this grant which successfully tested and modeled the relation between potential protective factors and mental health outcomes for a sample of 302 youth in foster care over three time points.  In the proposed project, we will prospectively and longitudinally assess how dimensional components of trauma exposure (i.e., frequency, chronicity, and severity) influence threats and working memory to predict adjustment for early childhood-aged youth.


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