Extending FPG's mission: FPG implementation specialist takes new position as Director of Mental Health
August 18, 2022
Julie Austen, an implementation specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), will soon be returning to her roots as the Director of Mental Health for an integrated community health center in the area where she grew up in, Pittsburgh, PA.
August 16, 2022
The Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) project at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has just released a new module, Selecting an Evidence-Based Practice, and an accompanying Individualized Education Program (IEP) to Evidence-based Practice (EBP) tool.
August 12, 2022
FPG's McKinney Scholars Program recently concluded its third summer internship. This annual, 10-week program was established to offer hands-on research experience in child development to undergraduate students from North Carolina's HBCUs. Hear from this year's scholars as they reflect on the experience.
August 9, 2022
The Implementation Division recently wrapped up its third annual Implementation Division Summer Internship Program, a paid opportunity for masters' and doctoral students. The program, which is designed to create a challenging and meaningful professional experience, exposes interns to implementation practice and research across a variety of fields and practice settings.The three interns of this year’s cohort recently took time to reflect on their experiences in the internship program.
August 4, 2022
In recent months, stories about school shootings and the opioid crisis have dominated the headlines. Diana Fishbein, PhD, director of translational neuro-prevention research at UNC FPG, contends that 30 years of prevention science research can offer solutions.
August 1, 2022
With two master’s degrees, one in public administration and one in planning, FPG's Schatzi McCarthy tends to see the world from a systems perspective. Her work at the Institute allows her to do that from a national and international perspective. McCarthy says her work at FPG lets her be a well-rounded generalist, employing her skills in evaluation, systems strengthening, supervision, and monitoring to support program initiatives.
July 18, 2022
Chih-Ing Lim, a senior technical assistance specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has received a Global Partnership Award to advance a partnership with the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (NIE-NTU) in Singapore this summer.
July 14, 2022
Despite good intentions, U.S. education systems struggle to adopt evidence-based practices to improve the quality and effectiveness of services provided for students with disabilities. Implementation science—the multi-disciplinary study of methods and strategies to promote use of research findings in practice—addresses this by providing frameworks that facilitate the use of such practices and support practitioners in consistently using these tools.
July 13, 2022
On July 1, Ann Sam, PhD, became the lead of the Research and Evaluation Division at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). Sam, an advanced research scientist, focuses her work on increasing awareness and use of evidence-based practices and interventions designed to improve outcomes for students with autism. She is excited about the future of the division, which is committed to conducting research and evaluation studies that improve children’s lives, support families, and inform public policy.
At BUILD annual conference, Kozlowski and Williams to discuss importance of inclusion of young children with disabilities
July 7, 2022
During its 20th annual conference from July 11 – 13, the BUILD Initiative will host three days of virtual sessions featuring the visionary work of leaders who are building early childhood systems that work toward racial equity and center families and providers. On July 11, FPG technical assistance specialists Jani Kozlowski and Catasha Williams will present a session titled, “Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities: A Critical Quality Indicator in Early Childhood Education.”
June 22, 2022
We’re pleased to share that Kelsey Thompson is the winner of this year’s James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award. She recently spoke with us about her research and what impact receiving this award will have on it.
June 14, 2022
Orla Putnam, a UNC doctoral student in Clare Harrop's lab, and Clare Harrop, a research assistant professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, and a faculty fellow at UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) have received an NC TraCS award for a project titled, Gendered Experiences in Autism Research: Analysis with Stakeholders.
June 13, 2022
This year marked the 22nd annual International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute at UNC FPG. The event, which was offered in a hybrid format and is designed for individuals working toward inclusion at all levels and in a wide variety of roles, served more than 500 attendees, including classroom teachers and assistants, government officials, family members, faculty, and researchers.
June 6, 2022
FPG social research assistant Kylie Garber has received a postdoctoral fellowship from Society for Research in Child Development. Garber will soon move from Chapel Hill to Capitol Hill for this immersive one-year opportunity to learn about policy development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as how to use developmental science to inform U.S. public policy.
FPG researcher and UNC colleagues asked to create resources for autistic individuals impacted by war
May 31, 2022
FPG's Ann Sam and several UNC colleagues from the School of Education and the Department of Allied Health Sciences have answered a call for help from Ukraine, collaborating to create a compilation of simple-to-use resources, accessible online, to help families and others who care for autistic children and youth cope with the violence and uncertainty of war.
May 20, 2022
A collaboration between STEMIE, the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project, and the Kansas State School for the Blind has resulted in the development of two video demonstrations on engaging young children with visual impairments in storybook conversations.
May 20, 2022
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute's Implementation Division welcomes three interns for its third cohort of the Implementation Division Summer Internship Program.
May 18, 2022
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is proud to welcome its third cohort of interns to work with FPG for the Marvin H. McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy. This program was established to offer hands-on research experience in child development to undergraduate students from North Carolina's HBCUs.
May 13, 2022
With its commitment to advancing science, FPG is dedicated to impacting and influencing the next generation of researchers. During the spring 2022 semester, Iheoma Iruka, PhD, founding director of FPG’s Equity Research Action Coalition, mentored four undergraduate students enrolled in Policy 698: Senior Capstone in Public Policy who undertook a project to determine the impact of reparations on Black children and families.
May 9, 2022
A new study from FPG Faculty Fellow, Samantha Schilling, MD, MSHP, and colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, titled “COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among low-income, racially and ethnically diverse US parents," examines parent hesitancy toward COVID-19 vaccines for children.