Tag Archives: research

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Big Emma with Big Eddie!

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Emma has been a part of our study since she was only 9 months old!!  We have thoroughly enjoyed watching her develop into the young lady she is today:)

We are so glad that our participants are able to enjoy a complimentary visit to EdVenture Children’s Museum during their time here in Columbia!


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Congratulations to Debra Reisinger for accepting a post-doctoral position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!

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Debra Reisinger is a current graduate student on internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland.  She is on track to graduate with her doctorate this year and has already accepted a post-doctoral position at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital!  She will be working in Dr. Craig Erickson’s lab where they primarily examine pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment efficacy in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ASD and FXS.


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Congratulations to Kelly Caravella and Jordan Ezell for each being awarded the SPARC Graduate Research Grant!

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Kelly Caravella and Jordan Ezell, graduate students working under Jane Roberts in our lab, have been awarded grants sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.  This Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) is given out each year in order to ignite research and creative excellence across all disciplines at USC.  Kelly’s work will be Comparing Autism Symptomatology in Young Children with Fragile X Syndrome and Down Syndrome.  Jordan will be studying Anxiety in Preschool Children with Autism.  Congratulations to both of them for winning this prestigious award which will allow them to pursue their scholarly projects!


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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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