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.

Assessing Impact of Early Identification and Intervention on Permanent Hearing Loss

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder (Funded 2015-2017) This project will analyze over 5000 assessments collected on over 2000 children with permanent hearing loss, before and after the establishment of universal newborn hearing screening. The majority of files have data on: age of identification of the hearing loss, age of intervention start, age of amplification, […]Read More »

Developing an Epidemiological Tool Based on DSM-5 Criteria

Prudence Fisher, PhD, Principal Investigator, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc (Funded 2015-2016) The purpose of the project is to update the DISC, an epidemiologic tool designed to assess common mental disorders of youth, so that it addresses the diagnostic criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5). This tool will […]Read More »

WI-IN Partnership to Evaluate Use of LTSAE in Childcare Settings

Gail Chodron, PhD-Candidate, Principal Investigator, Joan Ershler, PhD, Co PI, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Funded 2014-2016) In order to be meaningful, effective, and sustainable, any attempt to improve developmental monitoring in childcare settings must take into account the combination of local, state, and federal factors that shape provision of childcare, and be conducted in coordination with stakeholders […]Read More »

Project to Learn About Youth – Mental Health (PLAY-MH) – Ohio University

Julie Owens, PhD, Principal Investigator, Ohio University. (Funded 2014-2016) Children and adolsecents with mental health problems, including internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders exhibit high rates of health risk behaviors that create significant impairment in daily functioning. These problems are costly for the education, healthcare, and justice systems, particularly given that many struggling youth go unidentified […]Read More »

Genotyping Analysis for SEED Samples

Daniele Fallin, PhD, Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University. (Funded 2014-2015).  There is considerable interest in identifying risk factors and understanding the molecular etiology of ASD; areas of active investigation include genome-wide genetic association, gene-environment interaction, environmental exposure, and epigenetic studies. Given the high heritability of ASD it is likely that all areas of investigation will […]Read More »

Translating the GLB to Promote Healthy Weight in People with Mobility Impairment

Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD, Principal Investigator, University of Texas School of Public Health. (Funded 2014-2017)  People with mobility impairments remain underserved by public health efforts to address weight loss and effective lifestyle interventions are lacking. This is despite a higher prevalence of obesity and greater burden of obesity-related chronic conditions among people with disabilities, including a […]Read More »

Project to Learn About Youth – Mental Health – Univ of Florida

Steven Cuffe, MD, Principal Investigator, University of Florida. (Funded 2014-2016)  Mental health problems are highly prevalent in youth and cause significant morbidity. While there has been concern in the media about over-diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, many youth are not identified or treated. It is critical to determine the prevalence of mental disorders and […]Read More »

Rare Condition Research Using a Combined Administrative/Clinical Data Warehouse

Kevin Bennett, PhD, Principal Investigator, University of South Carolina. (Funded 2014-2017) We propose to use administrative data and information from electronic medical records to identify and describe individuals living in South Carolina who have spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or fragile x syndrome. In years 2 and 3 of the project, we will conduct research in […]Read More »

Project to Learn About Youth – Mental Health – Colorado

Lorraine Kubicek, PhD, Principal Investigator, University of Colorado – Denver. The goal of this project is to adapt and test an existing two-stage methodology to assess the prevalence, treated prevalence, and co-occurrence of internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders in elementary- and secondary school-aged-youth in Colorado. The method has previously been used to estimate the prevalence of ADHD in a …Read More »

Project to Learn About Youth – Mental Health – South Carolina

Kate Flory, PhD, Prinicipal Investigator, University of South Carolina. Internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders among children and adolescents increase the risk for many negative outcomes. Reports estimate that many youth with mental health problems are not being identified or receiving appropriate treatment. Thus, the objectives of the proposed project are threefold: 1) to describe the prevalence and co-occurrence of internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders among children and …Read More »