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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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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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Infant Grant from NIH approved for Extension!

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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.


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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