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NDD Lab Undergraduate Research Showcase!

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We are proud of the researchers-in-training who presented at the NDD Lab Undergraduate Research Showcase on July 20th! The NDD Lab is committed to consistently providing education and training opportunities for many undergraduates at the University of South Carolina,  which is currently classified as an R1 Research Institution  by the Carnegie Commission on higher education.


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Participant Families Brighten our Days!!

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Most of our families really know how to have fun and that is what makes us want to come to “work” each day!!  These three participants were absolutely fabulous during their visit to our lab last week and so we gave them STICKY hands as prizes!  That’s when things just got silly;)


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Dr. Jane Roberts featured news story: Piecing together the Autism Puzzle.

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The work of Dr. Jane Roberts is currently featured on the College of Arts and Sciences website.  The new article entitled Piecing together the Autism puzzle explains how our research connects the social and biological science to improve the health of children and families.


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Jordan and Carla accepted into CHQ Junior Scholar Program!

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Graduate students Jordan Ezell and Carla Wall have been accepted into the 2017 Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) Junior Scholar Program!  The CHQ is committed to engaging in innovative research that will enhance the quality of life for individuals in South Carolina and around the world.  Their mission is to contribute to advances in healthcare through rigorous research, education, community engagement and policy advocacy.  Jordan and Carla will receive research stipends each semester and support to attend a conference or publish research findings.  Congratulations Jordan and Carla!!


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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 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. 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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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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Jessi Scherr Interning

Jessi Scherr accepted postdoc at Nationwide Children’s Hospital!

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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. Her research interests include the examination of biobehavioral factors related to development, social-emotional functioning, and cognition.   Contratulations Jessi!!


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