Former Fellows

 

Cheryl Rhodes: 2010 Learn the Signs. Act Early. Fellow

Cheryl Rhodes joined CDC's the Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) Campaign Team at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in February 2010. As a fellow, Ms. Rhodes lead outreach efforts to the educational community and service provider systems for the LTSAE campaign.

 
 

Vijaya Kancherla: 2009-2010 Pierre DeCoufle Fellow

Ms. Kancherla's fellowship worked with the Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (MADDSP) as well as the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network's surveillance research team. She was the team lead during her fellowship for the following projects: 1) characteristics of cases and children in special education services who receive Medicaid; 2) recurrence of utilization of special education services within families; and 3) prevalence of utilization of special education services among children with eye and ear anomalies.

 
 

Ismaila Ramon: 2009-2010 Disability Surveillance and Epidemiologic Research FellowIsmaila Ramon

Ismaila Ramon joined CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) as the Disability Surveillance and Epidemiology Fellow in September, 2009. Mr. Ramon is working as a member of the Disability and Health Team in the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD). He will work with a professional team of experts to help define areas of analysis, as related to health surveillance; the team will also develop epidemiologic studies to identify risk and protective factors for identified disparities.

 
 

Tracy Mann

Tracy Mann: 2008 Learn the Signs. Act Early. Fellow

Tracy Mann joined CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) Campaign Team at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) on July 1, 2008. Ms. Mann was involved in a wide range of activities, partnerships and assessments for the LTSAE campaign, including leading outreach efforts to the educational community and service provider systems.

 
 

Dr. Georgina Peacock: 2007-2009 Medical Officer Fellow

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Dr. Georgina Peacock
Dr. Georgina Peacock joined CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) as the Medical Officer Fellow on February 26, 2007. Dr. Peacock works primarily with health care professionals in outreach, partnership, and assessment for the "Learn the Signs, Act Early" Campaign.

Dr. Peacock received her Doctor of Medicine and Master in Public Health from University of Kansas. She has spent the past three years working with parents, primary care providers, and child care workers to identify and care for children with autism and other special health care needs in Kansas and at the Centro Ann Sullivan in Lima, Peru. She is also a former LEND trainee who completed her Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship at Developmental Disabilities Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

 
 

Ann Alriksson-Schmidt: 2006-2009 Spina Bifida Fellow
Ann Alriksson-Schmidt joined CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and

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Ann Alriksson-Schmidt

Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) as the Spina Bifida Fellow in April 2006. Ms. Alriksson-Schmidt is working as a member of the Disability and Health Team in the Division of Human Development and Disability. She will work with the team to develop sound procedures to track children identified by existing birth defects surveillance programs and to evaluate the natural history of spina bifida.

Ms. Alriksson-Schmidt brings a unique combination of experiences and competencies as well as training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Civitan International Research Center that will be extremely useful for the fellowship program. She has a strong background in applied work in the developmental disabilities and birth defects field, applied research with the pediatric population, and formal graduate studies in epidemiology and psychology. She received her Master Degrees in Psychology and Public Health and will complete her doctoral program in Developmental Psychology from UAB this summer. If you are interested in learning about Ann's work, you can contact her via email at sax3@cdc.gov.

 
 

Dr. Kimberly Powell: 2006 Developmental Disability Fellow

Dr. Powell
Dr. Kimberly Powell

Dr. Kimberly Powell joined CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) as the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Fellow in June 2006. Dr. Powell is working as a member of the Developmental Disability Team in the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Powell will have a broad-based experience by working as a DD team member on the ongoing Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (MSDDSP) data base, and on special projects with data from the MADDSP as well as other data sets containing information on potential risk factors for developmental disabilities.

Dr. Powell brings a strong background in clinical nutrition work and epidemiological research to the fellowship. Within both areas of expertise, she specialized in developmental disabilities and child health and development. Her experience and training coupled with her dissertation research, which is focused on improving the metabolic newborn screening system in North Carolina, will be of great value to the DD Team. She received her Masters in Science in Nutritional Sciences from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Doctorate in Maternal and Child Health with a minor in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.