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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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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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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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Dr. Jessica Klusek Awarded NIH Grant

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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