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Julie Austen; woman with shoulder-length hair wearing black top and white jacket stands in front of large shrub and is smiling widely into camera
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.
female teacher watching and helping toddler girl using colored pencils at kindergarten
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.
round headshots of four young african-american women with carolina blue borders and headline that reads "McKinney Scholars Program 2022 Cohort" - the women depicted are, from left to right, Marcia Carroll, Damari Holley, Tyler Hughes, and Monteria Reaves
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.
Marie David, Megan Faber and Adrianna Richards. "2022 Implementation Division Summer Interns"
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.
denni fishbein headshot; woman with long wavy hair standing in front of full, green trees smiles at camera
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.
headshot of schatzi mccarthy; woman with shoulder-length hair wearing white turtleneck sweater standing in front of purple tree
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.
headshot of Chih-Ing Lim standing outside in front of greenery
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.
classroom setting with young student with curly blonde hair points to smiling blue face image on paper held by woman with long dark hair and glasses
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.
Ann Sam - woman with long brown hair wearing blue shirt stands outside in front of trees and shrubbery
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.
green media card with headshots of jani kozlowski and catasha williams; woman on left with shoulder-length brown hair wearing pink top and woman on right with short black hair wearing black top
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.”
Kelsey Thompson headshot; woman in purple v-neck top with dark hair and glasses stands outside in front of hedge
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.
circular headshots of orla putnam and clare harrop on navy backgrounds overlayed on white media card with lime green horizontal stripe and navy blue vertical left-aligned stripe
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.
internataional early childhood inclusion institute written in white on blue and purple background with photo of father and son with Down Syndrome working on laptop together
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.
kylie garber; woman with shoulder-length brown hair and glasses wearing green sweater stands outside smiling at camera
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.
beige teddy bear held aloft above railroad tracks with suitcase and Ukraine country outline overlayed on top
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.
mother reads book to young daughter and her stuffed bear
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.
2022 implementation Summer Interns Marie David, Megan Faber, and Adrianna Richards; orange background with ligt blue, white and navy leaves and headshots of three women smiling at camera
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.
photo collage of 2022 mckinney scholars program cohort including small round headshots of each scholar: marcia carroll, damari holley, tyler hughes, and monteria reaves
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.
student wearing orange jacket sitting at desk writing on notepad beside laptop
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.
Samantha Schilling, MD, MSHP; woman with shoulder-length red hair wearing blue and white top smiles at camera in front of fuzzy building background
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.

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