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News Archives 2016

In 2016, the Lurie Institute welcomed Dr. Martínez-Pedraza  as a new post-doctoral fellow. For her dissertation, Dr. Martínez-Pedraza looked at the role of Early Intervention providers’ perceived cultural competence and the parent-provider working alliance on predicting service receipt outcomes for culturally-diverse children at-risk of autism spectrum disorder. Frances’ research interests include racial and ethnic disparities in service receipt and quality for children with developmental disabilities, provider cultural competence in disability-related services, and the impact of public policies on children with disabilities and their families.

In September, Lurie was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDLIRR) to create a national center for parents with disabilities.

In addition to the new grant, Lurie also took on a visiting faculty member; Dr. Joanne Nicholson is one of the principal investigators of the Parenting Center. Dr. Nicholson is a clinical and research psychologist and is currently Professor of Psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University.

In November, Lurie hosted its annual distinguished lecture event. Dr. Rosalind Picard, ScD, FIEEE lecture was titled, "Adventures in Developing Technology for Autism." Dr. Picard is the founder and director of the Affective Computing Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

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