January 27, 2009
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education hosts the third annual UC Conference for Research in Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR) on January 30-31 at the Santa Barbara Inn. This event is open to the press and students throughout the UC system. Due to space limitations, this event is not open to the general public. This year the conference will feature presentations, roundtable symposia, and posters from graduate and post-doctoral students from University of California campuses on topics such as treatment and interventions related to disability; families and disabilities; English Language Learners; teaching and learning as it relates to Special Education; cultural and linguistic differences; and policy development and implementation.
A faculty panel will discuss their current research on Friday, January 30th at 10:45 AM. Faculty panel members will include Howard Taras, MD from UC San Diego and Brett Kia-Keating, Ed.D. from UC Santa Barbara. The keynote address will be presented Saturday, January 31st at 9:30 AM.
On Friday, January 30th a Graduate Panel consisting of former UC doctoral students will discuss Autism in the Schools. Suzanne Robinson, Ph.D. completed her graduate training under Dr. Robert L. Koegel at UC Santa Barbara where she specialized in autism intervention. She is currently an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton. Her research interests include autism intervention, positive behavior support, inclusion, teacher/paraprofessional training, and home-school collaboration. April Regester, M.A. completed her graduate training under Dr. George Singer at UC Santa Barbara where she specialized in families and disabilities. She is currently completing work on her dissertation, a long-term study on the effects of various intervention programs in a high school setting. After the completion of her dissertation, she will be starting a post-doctoral position with the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Asperger Center which is part of UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center.
A second graduate panel will convene on the topic of Autism in the Clinic and Research Setting on Saturday, January 31st at 1:00 PM. Rosy M. Fredeen, Ph.D. completed her graduate training under Dr. Robert L. Koegel at UC Santa Barbara where she specialized in autism intervention. Her research interests include early intervention, early communication development, and initiations. She currently holds a research position at UCSB and is the Head of Clinical Training at the UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Amanda C. Gulsrud, Ph.D. completed her graduate training under Dr. Connie Kasari at UC Los Angeles. She is currently a post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA and has published research on autism in scientific journals including American Journal on Mental Retardation, Autism, and Clinical Neuropsychiatry.
“The Doctoral Advisory Council believes that UC SPEDDR is an exciting and innovative collaborative opportunity to bring doctoral students across the UC system together in order to share and expand upon one another’s work,” state Co-Council Chair Vicki Benson Griffo and Jill Locke. “We are pleased to announce the upcoming conference for doctoral and post-doctoral students interested in SPEDDR related topics. We hope that SPEDDR continues to thrive as an ongoing means for doctoral students to express and expand on their knowledge about learning and instruction.”
This annual conference is organized by the faculty and doctoral student committees of the proposed University of California Center for Research in Special Education, Disabilities and Developmental Risk (UC SPEDDR). Faculty and student representatives from these committees are drawn from campuses across the University of California system including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Riverside. The Center is being developed as a Multi-Campus research unit that aims to unify and solidify UC resources. The primary aims of the Center are to enhance the University of California’s ability to attract from a national pool of talented students, win large extramural grants, improve national visibility of UC efforts, and enhance the doctoral preparation of the next generation of research, teacher education, and other related public service doctorates.
[UC SPEDDR doctoral student advisory co-council chairs Vicki Benson Griffo and Jill Locke are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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