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News from the Shriver Center

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

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant awarded to Shriver Researcher

Congratulations to Shriver’s own David N. Kennedy, PhD on his recent grant award  from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The grant is designed to develop an “ABCD-ReproNim Course” that provides training for reproducible analyses of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study® data. Reproducible data analysis, as applied to neuroimaging, has been a longtime professional research interest of Dr. Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy leads ReproNim: A Center for Reproducible Neuroimaging Computation, a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) funded biomedical technology research center. The Center’s mission is to improve the reproducibility of neuroimaging science and extend the value of our national investment in neuroimaging research, while making the process easier and more efficient for investigators.

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Carol Curtin Appears On AUCD’s “Tuesdays with Liz”

The Shriver Center’s Associate Director Carol Curtin, PhD, LICSW, recently appeared on the noted Youtube channel “Tuesdays with Liz” to discuss the work of the Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN), which is housed at the Shriver Center and funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau. The HWRN is a collective of researchers around the country who are engaged in research to promote healthy weight among children with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Emily Rubin Appears On Radio Program To Discuss Work with Siblings

The Shriver Center’s own Emily Rubin took to the airwaves on Sept 28, 2019 as a guest on the “Fundacion Cambiando el Mundo de personas con Discapacidad” radio show (CEMDPCD Foundation).

Translated from Spanish as “Changing the World of People with Disabilities”, Rubin’s appearance on the CEMDPCD radio program occurred in her capacity as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN). The MSSN is not directly affiliated with the Shriver Center.

2nd Healthy Weight Research Network Symposium

The 2nd HWRN symposium will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, people with disabilities, family members, and other interested individuals to learn about current research in the field related to promoting healthy weight for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join us in Boston for this free event on Friday April 5th.

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Federal government selects Shriver Center project director as national expert for emergency planning toolkit presentation

Susan Wolf-Fordham of UMass Medical School’s Eunice K. Shriver Center will delve into her work as a pioneer for the inclusion of people with disabilities into emergency planning at an invite-only federal stakeholder meeting on emergency preparedness to be held in Washington, D.C. this week.

Autism Insurance Resource Center receives Flutie Foundation grant to help families and people with autism navigate insurance

Families who have questions or concerns about insurance coverage for autism treatments will continue to receive help from UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC) due to a new grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

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Sibling support initiative to aid families at Worcester Recovery Center

Having a brother or sister with a serious mental illness is stressful for other siblings in the family. Now an innovative support program is available for families of youth and young adults hospitalized in the inpatient adolescent psychiatry units at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.

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UMass Medical School to Support Autism Awareness and ‘Light It Up Blue’ on April 2

On April 2, when UMass Medical School illuminates its landmark building blue, it will be participating not only in the International Light It Up Blue Celebration to show solidarity with millions of people across the world living with autism, it will also be affirming its commitment to the many people and families in Central and Western, MA.

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Shriver Center launches new training and certification exam for behavioral health service providers who work with children

A young girl is described as bright, but having few friends. She is frequently late for school and has been absent four times in five weeks. Does she need behavioral health services? Behavioral health providers taking a new training and certification exam through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center’s Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) training program learn how to evaluate her situation and others.

UMass Medical School studying whether simplifying web text for people with cognitive disabilities improves comprehension

UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is studying if simplifying text for people with cognitive disabilities improves their understanding of the information they read on websites.

“We want to prove that their comprehension increases after they read simplified text,” said John Rochford, MS, director of the Shriver Center’s INDEX program. INDEX provides free information for people with disabilities living in Massachusetts.

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