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Research is conducted by clinical staff and trainees as it relates to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Research topics cover a variety of issues related to family supports, inclusion, and treatment.  We also regularly deliver presentations on evidenced-based care of persons with disabilities at local, regional, and national levels.

Examples of recently published research and evidence-based presentations include:

  • Bauer, C. R., Langer, J., Lambert-Brown, B. L., Shankaran, S., Bada, H. S., Lester, B. M., LaGasse, L. Whitaker, T. M., & Hammond, J. (2019). Impact of Prenatal Opiate Exposure on Youth Outcomes from Infancy through Adolescence. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Dolgoff, J., Wicks, M.N., Tolley, E., Graff, J.C. (2020). Differences in asthma self-management behaviors and perceived self-efficacy across adolescence (poster). Southern Nursing Research Society 34th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Gardner, L., Campbell, J., Keisling, B., & Murphy, L. (2018). Correlates of DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Levels of Support Ratings in a Clinical Sample. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Gipson, T. (2019). Tuberous Sclerosis Complex-Associated Neuropsychiatric Disorders (TAND): Development and Behavior. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Regional Conference, Leuven BE.
  • Graves, R.G., Zlomke, K., Graff, J.C., Hall, H.R. (2019). Adaptive behavior of adults with Down syndrome and their health-related quality of life. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  • Hoffmann, M.L. (2018). Trauma Screening and Assessment of Infants and Young Children: The Child Welfare Breakthrough Series Collaborative. Symposium presentation at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 34th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Keisling, B. L., DeBerry, R. Z., & Solomon, N. A. (2019). Twenty-five years of the Partners in Policymaking™ Leadership Institute: A longitudinal survey of Tennessee alumni. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Kohring, A. (2019). Individuals with Disabilities: Supports for Transitions and Employment. Engagement and Outreach Conference (Poster Session). The University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TN.
  • Long, D. M., Mitchell, A. W., Chase, C., & Mineo, B. (2019). Entry-level occupational therapy students’ beliefs about knowledge and knowing: Findings from three masters level programs in the US. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3(4).
  • Murphy, L. & Norfolk, P.A. (2019). Early Social and Emotional Functioning in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN.
  • Norfolk, P.A., Floyd, R.G. (2019). Bookmarking the Woodcock-Johnson IV to establish math proficiency cut scores. Poster session accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.
  • Palmer, F.B., Graff, J.C., Jones, T.L., Murphy, L., Keisling, B.L., Whitaker, T.M., & Tylavsky, F. (2018). Socio-demographic, maternal and child indicators of socioemotional problems in 2-year-old child: A cohort study, Medicine, 97, 28 (e11468).
  • Roth, J., & Ramirez de Lynch, L. (2019). Immigration & Disability: Challenges Faced by Special Needs Families. OT533 Occupation-Centered Practice in Pediatrics. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN.
  • Wallace, L. (2019). Nutritional Issues During Transition. 20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care. Waco, TX.
  • Whitaker, T. M., & Hoffmann, M. (2019). Positive Parenting: Tips for Clinicians. Methodist Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and UTHSC Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Memphis TN.
  • Whitaker, T.M., Zubler, J., Earls, M., Miotto, M.B., Radecki, L., Faro, E.Z., Gerndt, K. (2019). Strategies for Improving Developmental Screening. Contemporary Pediatrics, 36(1).

Recent News


UTHSC CDD Participating in Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Center on Developmental Disabilities (CDD) is partnering with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to participate in the Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health (AIR-P), which is funded by a $15 million investment over five years by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Read the entire article at UTHSC News.

Oct 23, 2023