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Frances Martínez-Pedraza - Postdoctoral Fellow

Frances Martines-Pedraza, postdoctoral fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Frances Martínez-Pedraza, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy. Frances received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. While at UMass Boston, she was a graduate student investigator in the Autism, Behavior, and Child Development (ABCD) Project, a study focused on disseminating autism screening tools in Early Intervention programs to improve the early detection of autism among racial and ethnic minority children. For her dissertation, Frances 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. Additionally, Frances is a part-time clinical fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Learning and Emotional Assessment Program where she provides neurodevelopmental assessments of young children.

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