In 2011, Dr. Roberts was the recipient of a five year NIH R01 grant entitled “Emergence and Stability of Autism in Fragile X Syndrome.” In this study, Dr. Roberts and her team analyzed the behavior of infants who were at high risk for developing autism. She has now been awarded 3.1 million dollars from NIH to follow-up of these infants and track their development into their preschool years! With this new award, the team at the Neurodevelopmental Lab will be able to follow the development of the infants from 9 months-of-age to 5 years-of-age and identify which features during infancy were predictive of developmental delays in the infants at high risk for developmental impairments. This information will then be translated to efforts targeting early identification and treatment.
Carly Moser was named a Magellan Scholar in May 2016 and awarded a grant to fund research on the relationship between autonomic function and psychosocial outcomes in mothers with the FMR1 premutation. Congratulations Carly!
New research by members of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab has been recently highlighted by the Fragile X Society. This research focuses on reading development and the role of phonological skills in boys with fragile X syndrome. Read more about our research and potential implications for teaching children with fragile X syndrome to read!
Undergraduate student Anna Porter attended the South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium where she presented her poster titled The Impact of Maternal Anxiety on Child Language Outcomes in Fragile X Syndrome. The poster was awarded first place in the Psychology and Social Sciences section. Congratulations, Anna!
We’re Recruiting Mothers in SC! We are currently recruiting mothers of typically developing children for our mother study.
Participants are compensated for their time. Participation in the mother study takes about 3 hours. It involves completing some interviews and questionnaires about family experiences.
Please contact Dr. Jessica Klusek by email or by phone at (803) 777-5676 if you have any questions or are interested in participating in this mother study.
This mother study focuses on understanding the range of experiences, thoughts and preferences, and communication styles that families with and without children with disabilities experience. We hope our results will help us learn the best ways to support families who have children affected by developmental disorders such as autism and fragile X syndrome. By recruiting mothers in SC, we hope to hear the wonderful stories from the moms in our community.
In January 2014, Dr. Jessica Klusek was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32) by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders to support her research on families of children with autism and fragile X syndrome. This parent study will examine communication styles used by parents of children with autism and fragile X syndrome, with a focus on the role of anxiety and arousal. The results of this work will help her better understand families’ experiences and inform the ways that various communication styles may influence family and child outcomes.
For this parent study, Dr. Jessica Klusek is currently recruiting:
- Mothers who have a child with fragile X syndrome
- Mothers who have a child with autism
- Mothers of typically developing children
- Women who have the FMR1 premutation (i.e., who are “carriers” of fragile X)
Participants are compensated for their time. Please contact us by email or by phone at (803) 777-5676 if you have any questions or are interested in participating in this parent study.
Participation in the parent study takes about 3 hours. It involves completing some interviews and questionnaires.
Learn how you can take part in our research