Congratulations to Jessie Greatorex and Teresa Girard who presented at the 2022 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)!

Congratulations to our lab’s undergraduate students Jessie Greatorex and Teresa Girard for their presentations at UURAF!

Jessie Greatorex’s poster was entitled “Examining the Social-Communication Outcomes for Medicaid Enrolled Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder partaking in a Parent-Mediated Intervention”. She worked with graduate student, Diondra Straiton and PI Dr. Brooke Ingersoll.
Teresa Girard’s poster examined administrative and logistical barriers in the implementation of telehealth ABA therapy. She worked with graduate student Anamiguel Pomales-Ramos and PI Dr. Brooke Ingersoll.

Julia Nauman Wins Multiple Awards from the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)!

Congratulations to Julia Nauman, the MSU Autism Lab’s Lab Manager, for receiving an Autistic Researcher Award from INSAR. Last year Julia won the Student and Trainee Award from INSAR and presented at INSAR’s 2021 virtual research conference.

You can view and download Julia’s 2022 Research Poster and Abstract entitled “Examining the Role of Attention Problems in Motor Stereotypy in Children with ASD” here.

During INSAR’s May 2021 virtual conference, Julia gave a presentation entitled “Examining the Relationship between Stereotypy and Attentional Problems and Diagnoses in Individuals with ASD”.

If you are an INSAR member, you can check out Julia’s abstract, as well as the other abstracts from the INSAR 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting here:

Congratulations to Karis and Diondra!

Congratulations to MSU Autism Lab members Karís and Diondra who presented a talk called “Family Training under the Michigan Medicaid Autism Benefit: Understanding provider and caregiver perspectives on engagement.” This was a mixed methods project that explored perspectives on parent training within the Michigan Medicaid Autism Benefit, which provides ABA services to Medicaid-enrolled children with ASD. They used data from Medicaid billing claims for 879 children, surveys from 97 providers and 226 caregivers, and interviews with 13 providers and 20 caregivers.

Providers expressed high perceived family-level barriers, while caregivers reported relatively few barriers and high motivation to participate. Their findings support efforts to increase the use of evidence-based family training strategies for children with ASD through more structured and comprehensive approaches that support best practices in engaging and collaborating with parents. 

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