Dr. Laura Stough awarded the Knowledge Award for Excellence in Education or Research

September 15, 2021

This summer Dr. Laura Stough was awarded the Knowledge Award for Excellence in Education or Research from the Texas Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It was awarded for significant contributions to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and/or research.

Dr. Stough also published an article with Dr. Elizabeth Ducy on the psychological effects of disasters on children with disabilities are understudied, despite evidence towards increased risk for complications after other types of trauma exposure. This study investigated the experience of children and youth with disabilities exposed to the 2017 Northern California wildfires, with a particular focus on psychological reactions. In-depth interviews were conducted with parents of 14 children and youth with disabilities one year post-disaster. Dr. Ducy is a former Trainee with the Center on Disability and Development and currently Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University. Dr. Stough is the Assistant Director at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and she established the Research and Evaluation on Disability and Disaster (Project REDD) at A&M.

Ducy, E. M., & Stough, L. M. (2021). Psychological effects of the 2017 California Wildfires on children and youth with disabilities.Research in Developmental Disabilities,114, 10381. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.103981" Dr. Ducy is a graduate from the Learning Sciences Division and currently Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University.