Trainee Research


This call for papers is an opportunity for trainees within the AUCD network to share their research projects, leadership projects, or other program projects that they have been involved with during their traineeship. Trainees are asked to share research proposals, completed research projects, leadership projects, program evaluation projects, or program changes you have implemented in this call for papers. This is an opportunity to share your hard work with others, participate in scholarly activities, and generate discussion and ideas for future projects.

Read the Call for Papers below for specific guidelines and more information. 



Call for Papers

Submission Guidelines for Trainee Research Papers


Trainee Papers 2007


2016-17 MNLEND Fellow Publishes!

Jack Reagan, current 2016-17 MNLEND Fellow recently co-published a brief based on the FINDS 2010 data surveying family caregivers. The data he analyzed within the FINDS survey focused on the emotional and physical markers affecting family caregivers. These markers have both positive and negative association to their related outcomes for family caregivers.


MNLEND Alumna Publishes!

Last year, I was very fortunate to be a LEND Fellow at the University of Minnesota. I applied because I was embarking on my PhD dissertation in nursing and wanted to explore the experience of families of children who lived with severe autism. The LEND experience not only provided an in-depth education in neurodevelopmental disorders, but also the LEND staff helped me access families who would ultimately participate in my research. This research ultimately changed the way I understand families who live with a severe chronic condition such as severe autism.


Ohio's LEND Trainees Showcase Their Research at the UC UCEDD-Nisonger Poster Symposium

In the entire state of Ohio, there are 39 trainees enrolled in the LEND program. The program culminates with an annual poster symposium featuring the trainees' research projects. This year, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center had the honor of hosting the event.


Autism Speaks Launches Transition Tool Kit, Providing Practical Information and Resources to Guide the Transition to Adulthood

NEW YORK, N.Y. (FEBRUARY 3, 2011) In an effort to help families and their adolescents with autism more smoothly navigate the challenging transition into adulthood, Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today launched the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit, a unique guide and roadmap to help families on the journey from adolescence to adult life. The free Tool Kit, developed in conjunction with both parents and professionals, features a wealth of practical and actionable information, as well as links to valuable resources.


Exploring and Stretching the Boundaries of Brain Imaging

University of Washington researchers are exploring new brain imaging techniques that someday may enable clinicians to better understand and treat patients suffering from such conditions as stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. "We are trying to develop imaging biomarkers of prognosis and responsiveness to treatment. This may enable us to predict whether or not people will respond to treatment," said Thomas Grabowski, Jr., M.D., director of the Integrated Brain Imaging Center (IBIC) and a research affiliate of the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD).


AUCD/Easter Seals Project ACTION Sponsored Project: Transportation for People with Disabilities


University of Pittsburgh (LEND) Fellow Investigates Maternal Distress & Problem-Solving Skills of Newly Diagnosed Cancer Cases: Implications for Culturally-Competent Care


Trainee Research Paper: Catherine Haarstad, URLEND

Supporting Children with Parents Have Cognitive Challenges: Needs Assessment Results from Specialized Clinics in Utah


Trainee Research Paper: Dorit Radnai-Griffin, Delaware UCEDD

Infants/Toddlers Assessment Tool (ITAT)


Trainee Research Paper: Erin Bastien, Delaware UCEDD

The LEAD Project (Leadership, Employment, Advocacy, Development) for Youth and Emerging Leaders with Developmental Disabilities


Trainee Research Paper: Julie Pelletier & George Wootton, URLEND

Transition of Young Adults in Special Education to Post High School Life


Trainee Research Paper: Lauren Francis, Delaware UCEDD

New Directions Early Head Start Program Wide Self Assessment


Trainee Research Paper: Rene Jamison, KUMC

The Effects of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) on Problem Behaviors in Three Children with Autistic Disorder