Kathryn Saunders, Ph.D., received a new five-year subcontract from the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the prime program contractor to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Katie Hine, Ph.D., has recently joined the team of investigators, and will oversee the research at Parsons.
This new award is part of an overarching program involving three Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers, the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC).
Dr. Saunders is the principle investigator for the subcontract. William Dube, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is the principle investigator for the component and Michael Cataldo, Kennedy Kreiger Institute of Johns Hopkins University, is the overall program project principle investigator. The program involves collaboration across disciplines, among universities and with common purpose that information learned from basic laboratory studies is developed to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to use adaptive behaviors in their daily lives.
Chronic aberrant behavior such as self injury, aggression, and stereotypy interfere with the acquisition of adaptive behaviors in many individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Function-based behavioral treatments for chronic aberrant behaviors have proven extremely successful when conducted in clinical settings. Relatively little research has been directed at the critical issue of treatment generalization, however.