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Data scientists. Male programmer using laptop analyzing and developing in various information on futuristic virtual interface screen.
May 24, 2023
Data is at the heart of research. To help bring research to life, the Data Management and Analysis Core at FPG works with researchers and investigators—at FPG and elsewhere at UNC—providing support across the full course of projects. For more than 30 years, it has served as a data coordinating center, data management hub, and methodologic support for projects.
iris kang; woman in pale green t-shirt sits in front of big window
May 22, 2023
Growing up in Chandler, Arizona, Iris Kang BA ’23 saw firsthand the impact that socioeconomic status and family support have on students’ ability to learn at school. Her understanding that much of a child’s future is determined by their early years piqued her interest in child development. She is the 2023 recipient of FPG's Barbara Davis Goldman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
blackboard with chalk writing that reads improve, develop, training, motivate, coaching, inspire with letters circled to spell out 'mentor'
May 15, 2023
Recognizing the value of mentorship as a critical component to the success of its scientists, FPG offers a mentoring program for early career researchers. Program director Ron Seifer, PhD, who is also associate director for research at FPG, believes that research groups flourish by cultivating the next generation.
diana fishbein; woman with long dark hair stands in front of large green tree
May 8, 2023
Children are not miniature adults. So states the article, “Science for policy to protect children in cyberspace,” published in the March 30, 2023 issue of Science. The piece resulted from a collaboration among Diana Fishbein, PhD, director of translational neuro-prevention research at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and three other scholars, Michal Gilad, Gideon Nave, and Nizan Geslevich Packin.
Julie Chin at left and Wendy Morgan at right; two headshots of women in decorative lime green circles on white background with UNC FPG logo in Carolina blue
May 2, 2023
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is not only a leader in research, policy, and practice but an innovator in creating technological solutions to disseminate implementation science. FPG‘s Julie Chin and Wendy Morgan, PhD, are at the forefront of this work.
young students raise hands in classroom
April 24, 2023
In 2018, a team of researchers at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and George Mason University launched the Bilingualism, Education, and Excellence (BEE) Project, which was funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) within the U.S. Department of Education. Learn some initial insights from the team.
Jessica Amsbary; woman with shoulder-length blond hair wearing a navy sleeveless top smiles at camera while standing in front of lush green foliage
April 19, 2023
Jessica Amsbary is a technical assistance specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute where she engages in research and development related to STEM innovations for young children with disabilities and supporting provider and family use of evidence-based practices for toddlers with autism.
ittle girl with Down syndrome learns to assemble an intricate pyramid using multicolored geometric shapes
April 17, 2023
Researchers at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) within the STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE) recently examined the perceptions and beliefs of early childhood practitioners and directors related to STEM and inclusion in early childhood settings.
A mother and daughter working on laptop; woman with long dark hair sits beside pre-teen daughter leaning against couch with laptop in their laps | Credit: JuYochi
April 12, 2023
The Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) project at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has reached an incredible milestone―300,000 (and counting!) users now rely on AFIRM for evidence-based practices that can help learners with autism.
Lena Harris; woman in navy blazer and pink blouse smiles at camera
April 10, 2023
Lena Harris, MSW, is an implementation specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). She is currently working on the Build Up project, which is part of The Impact Center at FPG. The Impact Center is a collection of people and projects dedicated to supporting the use of effective implementation practices with a focus on prevention and well-being strategies for children, youth, and families.
Kellen Reid; man with short auburn hair wearing white collared shirt stands in front of trees
April 6, 2023
Kellen Reid is a technical assistance specialist with the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center within the Trohanis Technical Assistance (TA) Projects at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. As part of our FPG profile series, we recently spoke with him to learn more about his work here at the Institute.
SRCD society for research in child development, 2023 biennial meeting, salt lake city, utah, usa, march 23-25, #SRCD23
April 4, 2023
Recently, several FPG researchers, specialists, and faculty fellows attended the Society for Research in Child Development 2023 Biennial Meeting, which took place in Salt Lake City (#SRCD23), participating in more than 20 panel, paper, and poster presentations. After the conference, we checked in with some of them to hear about the event.
Denise Bennett stands in front of dark purple shrubbery
March 30, 2023
Denise J. Bennett, MA, is a technical assistance (TA) specialist and a member of the web team with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center within the Trohanis Technical Assistance Projects at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). We recently spoke with Bennett about her work at FPG―find out what she had to say.
Nicole Telfer presents poster during Eastern Psychological Association Conference; woman with long braids wearing white blouse and tan vest stands beside large presentation poster
March 27, 2023
Nicole Telfer, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar working with Noreen Yazejian, PhD, Rachel Kaplan, PhD, and Iheoma Iruka, PhD, at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, recently presented a poster titled, "Identifying Gaps and Equity Challenges in ECERS-3, an Early Childhood Education Tool, through Focus Groups" during the Eastern Psychological Association Conference.
African American Family playing and laughing with their daughter.
March 20, 2023
FPG Faculty Fellow Iheoma Iruka was lead author on Black Parents and Their Babies: The Dual Pandemic of Racism and COVID-19, 2019–2022, a report which found that while Black families and their babies have survived the last few years of the pandemic, they continue to experience the negative impact of racism, discrimination, economic strain, and other inequities, compounded by the global event.
Work Together NC logo with magnifying glass; two people working together at a table
March 13, 2023
An interdisciplinary team across multiple departments at UNC-Chapel Hill, led by FPG Faculty Fellow Brianne Tomaszewski, created Work Together NC in partnership with adults with ID/DD and their families, organizations, employers, agencies, allies, and self-advocates. This five-year project, which began in 2021, recently launched a new website.
young girl with blond hair and glasses with Down syndrome sorts geometric shapes
March 8, 2023
FPG's Hsiu-Wen Yang and Chi-Ing Lim highlight the importance including young children with disabilities in STEM learning opportunities early on in the article, "Supporting STEM Learning Within Routines for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays," which was featured in the December 2022 issue of Young Exceptional Children.
robin jenkins; man in light blue shirt stands in office hallway with bank of windows along the side
March 6, 2023
FPG's Robin Jenkins recently appeared as part of a panel on PBS’s ncIMPACT during an episode focused on community violence. During the roundtable discussion, the panelists discussed the issue of community violence and successful programs and initiatives around the state that are helping to make communities safer.
congratulations! fpg's sam odom has received the Kaufman-Hallahan-Pullen Distinguished Researcher Award; man in suit and tie smiles at camera
March 2, 2023
Sam Odom, PhD, a senior research scientist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has been awarded the Kaufman-Hallahan-Pullen Distinguished Researcher Award, which is conferred by the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC-DR), and recognizes individuals or research teams whose research has resulted in more effective services or education for exceptional individuals.
NIRN National Implementation Research Network logo with blue swirl above photo of five young children sitting outside and smiling
February 27, 2023
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) recently joined more than 55 other organizations, research centers, and nonprofits as an affiliate of the Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL).