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Social Media Can Provide Connections for Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Online gaming and social media can offer opportunities for social interactions for autistic teenagers and adults, according to psychology researcher Micah Mazurek.


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How to Become a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Four steps to a rewarding, in-demand healthcare profession


Mentoring: Expert Voices on New Research and Best Practices

January is National Mentoring Month, and researchers at the UVA School of Education and Human Development are contributing to a rapidly growing body of research on how and why effective mentoring works. The School is also home to a number of mentoring programs, including one launched by an undergraduate student. See below to learn more about the many ways that the School is advancing mentoring efforts to support positive youth development.


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UVA Leads Virginia’s New Plan to Improve Mental Health in K-12 Schools

A statewide partnership aims to build a well-connected network of school mental health professionals by pairing graduate trainees with under-resourced school divisions.


Karen Inklas

Professor Adapts New UVA Initiative Aimed at Creating Belonging During Pandemic

Karen Inkelas and colleagues created The Groves concept as a way to both increase student residents’ engagement and foster a stronger sense of belonging.


Runner in the snow

Running During a Pandemic: Finding Strength, Solace and Staying Injury-Free

As winter months approach, kinesiology Ph.D. student Alexandra DeJong gives best practices for those who want to begin a running program, or resume running, amid the pandemic.


Jay Hertel

Q&A: A New Era of Kinesiology

From gathering wearable sensor data for injury prevention to the health benefits of exer-gaming, new kinesiology leader Jay Hertel discusses the department’s innovative research and growth.


Claire LaPlante

Sheila C. Johnson Center Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

A decade after its founding, the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Clinical Services at the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development continues to serve the community through telemedicine and other COVID-19-adapted safety measures.


Q&A: Professor Aims to Alleviate Teacher Burnout With Her New Book

Tish Jennings has answers for what she says has become an outdated educational system that causes stress and impairs teaching and learning.


Adolescence Can Help Unlock Autism Diagnosis in Girls

A Curry School researcher is working on a study aimed at improving the social skills of teen girls with autism, who tend to be diagnosed later than boys.


Back-to-School Recommendations to Boost Students’ and Teachers’ Well-being

Curry professor Michael Lyons served on a statewide task force focused on supporting the social and emotional well-being of students, school staff, families and communities.


How Two Professors Helped Secure Flint Water Crisis Settlement

Education professors Gail Lovette and Bill Therrien played large roles in this week’s Flint water crisis lawsuit settlement, which provided at least $9 million for special education funding.


Q&A: Why Supporting K-12 School Counselors is as Vital as Ever

The Curry School's Julia Taylor joins UVA colleague Spencer Shanholtz to explain why school counselors at the K-12 level play such a vital role, and why it is vital to continue supporting them during these budget-pinching times.


How to Safely Resume Exercise in the Summer Heat – Amid a Global Pandemic

Kinesiology professors Jason Allen and Arthur Weltman provide some tips for returning to exercise during the hot summer months.


Professor Joe Hart points to a projection of 3D renderings of leg muscles

Muscle by Muscle, This UVA Startup Company is Revolutionizing Sports Medicine and Beyond

Three UVA professors, including the Curry School's Joe Hart, aim to transform sports medicine and how the world views human muscle by turning MRI data into 3-D reports that can better treat a wide range of muscle conditions.


Class of 2020: Claire Janek

Claire Janek wasn’t afraid to try new things during her time on Grounds, a mentality that will continue after she graduates from the Curry School and heads to Africa.


Peter Tuerk

Q&A: Mental Health Treatment in the Time of Coronavirus

Peter Tuerk, director of the Curry School’s Sheila Johnson Center and a leading expert on telehealth in clinical psychology, shares his thoughts on how the pandemic has changed how we treat mental health.


How A Ten-Minute ‘Reset’ May Make a Huge Difference for Kids At Home

Researchers at the Curry School believe a simple relationship-building technique designed for classrooms can make a positive impact for families social distancing at home.


Five Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Through the Coronavirus Outbreak

UVA professor Tish Jennings helps teachers and students use mindful practices to reduce stress. Here, she shares reasons why these techniques are valuable to everyone – especially when times are stressful or scary.