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Autism Acceptance Month 2022

For Autism Acceptance Month we are highlighting our most recent stories about the research and recommendations from the Supporting Transformative Autism Research team at the UVA School of Education and Human Development.


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Q&A: How to Help College Students Feel Like They Belong

Professor Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, who researches the college student experience, shares what student belonging is, why it matters, and what colleges can do to help college students find belonging in a post-pandemic environment.


Autism Q&A: Addressing Barriers to Nutrition

The STAR team talked with Sibylle Kranz, an associate professor and registered dietician, to get ideas for helping children with autism improve their eating habits.


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Housing for Adults with Autism

A new report details recommendations to support individuals with autism to live independently as adults.


Keep Moving: How Regular Exercise Lowers Chances of COVID Hospitalization

UVA exercise physiologists discuss the benefits of staying active in the face of COVID and offer tips on returning to exercise safely if you’re recovering from the disease.


Building Compassionate Schools in Charlottesville

UVA team helps Charlottesville elementary students flourish through the Compassionate Schools project.


Improving Refugees’ Mental Health Around the World

Amanda Nguyen is examining the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the mental wellbeing of conflict-affected populations, including mothers and veterans, in Bangladesh, Ukraine and Myanmar.


Faculty Members Fill Ranks in Strategic Areas, From Democracy to Sustainability

Damon Swift, associate professor of kinesiology, was among a group of newly hired faculty members featured in this UVA Today story.


Study: Missing Well-Child Visits Leads to Delayed Autism Diagnoses

At a time when parents may be wary of taking unvaccinated children to a medical facility, the study raises concerns about the possible consequences.


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Inspired by Her Cousin, Student Brings Adaptive Rugby to Charlottesville

Alexis Ward, a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development, has been working to improve the lives of people with disabilities ever since she was a kid.


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Kinesiology Department Moves Into New Space

UVA's newest building, the Student Health and Wellness Center, is the new home of the School of Education and Human Development's Department of Kinesiology.


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Supporting Hispanic Families Impacted by Autism

During this fall's Hispanic Heritage Month the team of researchers at the UVA Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative is working to highlight the increasing need for diagnostic and support resources for Hispanic families impacted by autism.


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Research: Fitness and Physical Activity Appear Superior to Weight Loss for Reducing Risks of Obesity

When it comes to obese individuals getting healthy and reducing mortality risk, increasing physical activity and improving fitness appear to be superior to weight loss.


A $2.2M Grant Establishes Blue Ridge LEND Interdisciplinary Training Program at UVA

UVA professors Mazurek and Davis, in partnership with Mary Baldwin University, will lead the new program designed to improve the health and well-being of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Joseph Williams

How School Counselors Can Best Support Students’ Return to Learn

Counselor education professor Joseph Williams shares his thoughts on the need for a whole-child approach, the role of school counselors, and how to bring an equity lens to social-emotional learning.


Gail Lovette and Rose Nevill

Help Coming for Caregivers of Developmentally Delayed Kids, Thanks to These Professors

Using a telehealth system called “ECHO,” School of Education and Human Development professors Gail Lovette and Rose Nevill have come up with a way to help the caregivers of children with developmental delays.


Back-to-school 2021: The Need for Trauma-Sensitive Teaching

UVA education professor Tish Jennings shares how classroom practices that prioritize safety and community can help schools meet students’ needs and get them back on track this school year.


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Study: Reducing Concussion Recovery Time for Female Student-athletes

A UVA kinesiology professor explains why the presence of certified athletic trainers significantly affects female collegiate student-athletes’ concussion recovery time.


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Assistant Professor Kazlin Mason Named to 2021 iTHRIV Scholars Cohort

The iTHRIV Scholars program, launched in 2017, is a cohort-based, mentored career development award for dedicated early career clinical and translational researchers.


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How to Become a School Counselor in Virginia

Are you considering becoming a K-12 school counselor, but not sure where to begin? Here are four simple steps to get you started.