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May 4, 2022
FPG Faculty Fellow Kori B. Flower, MD, MPH, has been appointed the next Division Chief for General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UNC and will assume this role on July 15, 2022. Flower’s appointment follows a national search conducted earlier this year.
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April 28, 2022
Hannah Spitzer’s tenacity and determination have guided her educational journey--and this month, she was named the winner of this year’s Barbara Davis Goldman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the research she conducts as an integral team member of Project EXPRESS.
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April 22, 2022
FPG's Information Technology Services (ITS) core supplies a wide range of services to support and strengthen the projects, programs, and research endeavors of the Institute's investigators and partners. Learn more about FPG's ITS in this core update.
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April 18, 2022
Just one year after reaching 200,000 users, the Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) project at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has reached another milestone―250,000 users now rely on AFIRM for evidence-based practices that can help learners with autism.
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April 13, 2022
FPG's International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute invites everyone involved in the care and education of young children with disabilities in inclusive settings to its upcoming annual conference. The event, being held April 26 – 28, will be hybrid, with both in-person and online components. UNC’s Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill provides the setting for the in-person event, limited to 250 people to facilitate social distancing.
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April 11, 2022
Over the years, people from more than 180 countries have relied on our publications and resources to support their work on behalf of children and families. In this publications roundup, we've gathered a few of our most recent (published in 2021) autism-related publications.
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April 4, 2022
William Aldridge, PhD, is a senior implementation specialist at UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. His work includes active implementation support and evaluation research on the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention/well-being strategies in communities and state, regional, and national service systems. He is currently principal investigator on the Implementation Capacity for Triple P projects.
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March 27, 2022
Knowing the power of self-compassion, Karen Bluth, PhD, a Faculty Fellow at FPG, focuses her research on the relationship between mindfulness, self-compassion, and mental health in adolescents. Her most recent study, “Improving Mental Health Among Transgender Adolescents: Implementing Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens,” was published in Journal of Adolescent Research in December 2021.
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March 21, 2022
You might not think that Lego bricks, ice cream, and gardening are related to teaching young children about computational thinking, but you would be mistaken. These examples of playful experiences are designed by researchers at the STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE), a center at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG).
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March 13, 2022
New research findings from FPG Advanced Research Scientist Cathi Propper indicate that the ways in which infants at six months of age are parented exerts an influence on the children’s sleep quality at 18 months which, in turn, is associated with aggressive behavior in early childhood.
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March 11, 2022
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and much of our work focuses on disability research and improving outcomes and support systems for children with disabilities and their families. Below, we have gathered a few of our publications that examine and promote inclusion and equity for children with disabilities.
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March 7, 2022
A recent joint effort by FPG’s ECTA Center and DaSy has resulted in indicators for nine established effective TA practices to embed equity in each practice. The practices are based on more than 50 years of stellar TA provision, ongoing collection and use of evaluation data, and existing literature.
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March 2, 2022
Hsiu-Wen Yang will use the Joanne Erwich Roberts Early Career Award she recently received to identify mechanisms that bring research, practice, and policy together to promote family engagement practices in children’s social-emotional learning.
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February 28, 2022
Ronald Seifer, PhD, joined FPG as associate director for research in December 2019, just months before Covid-19 upended the world. As a developmental psychologist, Seifer focuses his research on studying individuals in person, something that has been difficult during the pandemic. Yet Seifer and his colleagues have adapted and continued their research to improve the lives of young children and their families.
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February 18, 2022
FPG's Implementation Division is seeking up to three graduate students to join its summer internship program in 2021. The program is designed to create a challenging and meaningful professional experience for the trainee that includes mentoring, networking, professional development, and experiential learning opportunities.
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February 16, 2022
Autism intervention researchers often do not report the race and ethnicity of study participants. When data is reported, there is a lack of representation across historically minoritized racial and ethnic groups. These key findings were reported in, “Patterns in reporting and participant inclusion related to race and ethnicity in autism intervention literature: Data from a large-scale systematic review of evidence-based practices” published in the journal, Autism, in January 2022.
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February 15, 2022
The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center, in partnership with Bridge Multimedia and Fable Vision, recently launched version one of their new web app that seeks to help young children learn about science, technology, engineering, and math by exploring the world around them together with the adults in their lives.
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February 14, 2022
The NAGC recently announced the creation of the James J. Gallagher Memorial Fund, which is designed to address the need for complex, interdisciplinary discussions concerning gifted education. Gallagher, a renowned child development expert, served as the Director of FPG for more than 25 years.
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February 3, 2022
Scholars know that early life stress exposures are associated with adverse health outcomes and heightened anxiety symptoms in adolescents. Wanting to explore this further, FPG's Aysenil Belger, her graduate student Rachel Corr, and an interdisciplinary team of investigators from UNC and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia examined the impact of exposure to multiple categories of victimization (polyvictimization) on brain circuits associated with acute stress responses and contributions to mental health.
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January 25, 2022
It's time to apply to be part of the McKinney Scholars Program 2022 cohort; applications are due on February 24th.

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