Funded Research

Six new DRDC/CDC projects began on September 30, 2014, and details are shown below, along with projects initially funded in prior years.

Identifying Opportunities to Improve the Health of People with IDD

Suzanne McDermott, PhD, University of South Carolina (Funded 2016-2017) The is the second phase of a project from the NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability that worked with five states to characterize people with intellectual and developmental diabilities (IDD), who are insured under Medicaid. This phase will build on the previous work by focusing […]Read More »

Small Scale Grain Fortification in Tanzania

Felix Brooks-church, PI, Project Healthy Children/Sanku (Funded 2016-2017) The aim of this proposal is to establish acceptability, use, and sustainability of small-scale maize flour fortification in two rural regions of Tanzania where the population is not reached by large-mill fortification efforts as a means of reducing micronutrient malnutrition. Legislation mandating wheat flour fortification in Tanzania […]Read More »

Screening for Tics and Tic Disorders

Heather Adams, PhD, University of Rochester (Funded 2016-2017) Tic Disorders and associated conditions may be associated with adverse impacts including mood and behavioral disorders, impaired interpersonal relationships, physical injury, and reduced academic and vocational attainment. Therefore, accurate, early identification and treatment is essential to reduce these impacts. Prior work by the applicant and collaborators has […]Read More »

Language and Functional Outcomes in Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Funded 2016-2017) Statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs have been instrumental in improving language outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Despite advances in both programs and technology, children who are DHH continue to have lower language relative to their age […]Read More »

Project to Learn About Youth – Mental Health II (Re-PLAY)

Kate Flory, PhD, University of South Carolina (Funded 2015-2017) Internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders among children and adolescents increase the risk for many negative outcomes. Research is needed to better understand the epidemiology of mental health disorders among youth to inform best practices for identification, prevention, and treatment. The proposed project aims to extend the […]Read More »

Periconceptual Surveillance for Prevention of Anemia and Birth Defects in India

Julia Finkelstein, ScD, Cornell University (Funded 2015-2016) Neural tube closure defects (NTDs) are among the most common and severe adverse pregnancy outcomes in the United States and globally. Women of reproductive age are a high-risk population for anemia and micronutrient deficiencies, and there is increasing evidence of the role of periconceptional vitamin B12 and folate […]Read More »

Parent Action and Doctor Interaction Regarding Child Development Pre/Post-LTSAE

Anne Gadomski, MD, Bassett Healthcare Network (Funded 2015-2017) The purpose of this project is to answer the question: Does exposure to “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) influence parents’ actual conversations about their young child’s development with their child’s health care provider? The LTSAE developmental milestone checklists and other parent educational material direct parents to […]Read More »

Observation & Pretesting Study: Adaptation of Amazing Me for 2-Year-Olds/Parents

Rebecca Ledsky, MBS, Family Health International (Funded 2015-2016) This goal of this project is to conduct formative/audience research to test a draft of a new book about and for 2-year-old children.  The book  that promotes developmental monitoring by parents while reading to their child, in order to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities.  […]Read More »

EHDI Quality Across the Continuum of Care

Terese Finitzo, PhD, OZ Systems (Funded 2015-2016) This project will address EHDI quality across the continuum of care in a retrospective sample of 1,000,000 newborns from three EHDI jurisdictions (TX, MD, ND). Its goal is to improve the frequency and quality of newborn hearing screening (NHS) and follow-up data that is reported, and to distinguish […]Read More »

Assessing Impact of Early Intervention Outcomes to Document EHDI Impact in Wisconsin

Anne B. Harris, PhD, University of Wisconsin (Funded 2015-2017) Approximately one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard of hearing. Over  the past 20 years, research has consistently shown that children who have been identified earlier and enrolled in early intervention have demonstrated better expressive and […]Read More »