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News from the Shriver Center

Keep up-to-date with our latest news and happenings.

  • New England Psychologist: UMass Medical School’s support program helps siblings, parents of children hospitalized for mental illness

    Mar 13, 2024

    UMass Medical School’s Sibling Support Program encourages siblings of children undergoing inpatient mental health treatment to talk about what is happening at home, Emily Rubin, MA, creator and director of the program, told New England Psychologist.

  • UMass Medical School joins Autism Learning Health Network

    Feb 17, 2024

    The UMass Medical School Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center’s Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) clinic, in partnership with the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, has joined the Autism Learning Health Network of Autism Speaks. The network convenes academic leaders in autism and other neurodevelopmental and intellectual disabilities nationwide to standardize and share clinical data collection and outcomes research to improve care for children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

  • Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert named Shriver Center Deputy Director

    Aug 24, 2023

    Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert was recently promoted to Deputy Director of the Shriver Center.  In this new role, Dr. Broder-Fingert will assume more supervisory responsibilities, help with new faculty recruitment, support fundraising efforts, and collaborate on increasing the Center’s overall visibility through an enhanced public relations strategy.

    Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert
  • VaxAbilities Clinics Provide Positive Solutions For The Disability Community

    Mar 22, 2023

    Remember what it was like to be a kid and needing to get a shot at the doctor’s office? Chances are, it was probably not your favorite activity.

    For many people with disabilities, especially children, getting a shot can become so traumatizing that it prevents the individual from becoming vaccinated. Often parents don’t know where to turn when the usual vaccination channels don’t address sensory issues and other challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families.

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  • Shriver Center's ECHO Autism Projects Address Major Gaps in Care

    Feb 21, 2023

    Throughout its 50 plus year history, the Shriver Center has been at the forefront of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers through education, research, and service.  Two innovative projects advance that tradition, and the leaders for each project recently spoke about the impact and long-term goals of their work addressing gaps in autism care.

    Dr. Jean Frazier and Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert
  • Shriver Center’s Carol Curtin featured on Dean’s Council Profile

    Jan 25, 2023

    Longtime UMass Chan employee augments career with PhD, pays it forward

    “I had always wanted to get a PhD, but various factors over the years made that difficult. I was thrilled to have this opportunity and to be able to do so while still working full time at UMass Chan Medical School.”

    Dr. Carol Curtin’s educational path didn’t follow the traditional timeline. She earned a PhD from the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the Clinical & Population Health Research (CPHR) program at the age of 57, but “I took it on with the seriousness of purpose that was more intense than when I was younger,” she said.

    Dr. Carol Curtin
  • Shriver Center Awarded $4.3 Million Grant from NIHM to Research Autism Measurement

    Sep 19, 2022

    The 5-year grant will be used to conduct the largest ever research study to understand the barriers to care for limited English proficiency (LEP) families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

  • Shriver Center Awarded Five Year UCEDD Grant Renewal

    Jul 29, 2022

    The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Chan Medical School is extremely pleased to announce the renewal of its five-year University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) grant.  Providing $3M over the next 5 years, this award continues a decades-long funding source of support to further the Shriver Center’s mission to conduct education, research, and services to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families and caregivers.

  • Sue Swanson selected as Commonwealth Heroine

    Jun 24, 2022

    Congratulations to Sue Swanson, Project Coordinator for Pathways for Inclusive Health Care at the Shriver Center! Sue was nominated by State Rep. David LeBoeuf and selected by the Mass Commission on the Status of Women to be a Commonwealth Heroine Class of 2022. She was recognized for her efforts to get the city of Worcester to construct Coes Park, the first multi-generational and universally accessible playground.

    Sue Swanson selected as Commonwealth Heroine
  • Shriver Center Employee Spotlight: Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, MPH

    Apr 30, 2022

    As part of our Employee Spotlight series, Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, MPH recently sat down with us to discuss her professional responsibilities at the Shriver Center, and what makes the Shriver Center such a special place to work.

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