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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities recognizes Human Development and Family Science grad students’ research

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Two Human Development and Family Science graduate students recently received honors at the 2017 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) conference in Hartford, Connecticut in June.

Trent Call, a master’s student in the marriage and family therapy program, received the Direct Support Professionals Division award and scholarship for his paper, “Exploring Wellbeing Among Caregivers: A Comparison of Paid Staff and Family Members in the Caregiving Role.”

Jillian Caldwell, a doctoral student, received the Student & Early Career Professional Division and AAIDD award and scholarship for her paper, “Predictors of Resilience in Families of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Following Deinstitutionalization.”

Both awards were developed to acknowledge and foster outstanding contributions to AAIDD. Of the many high quality submissions received by AAIDD for the 2017 national conference, only eight awards of this kind were given.

Kami Gallus, HDFS associate professor and Jennifer Jones, HDFS assistant professor, created the IDD Network at OSU to promote research education and community engage among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Dr. Gallus and I are so proud of Jillian and Trent,” Jones said.  “It is always a joy to see students thoughtfully engage in research and invest in improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. AAIDD’s recognition of their scholarly work endorses the importance of the collaborative research we conduct with Oklahoma’s Developmental Disabilities Services.”

AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Membership in the organization totals more than 5,000 people across the United States and in 55 countries worldwide. AAIDD’s mission is to promote progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Jones and Gallus Deinstitutionalization Research Featured in National Venues

Professors Jennifer Jones and Kami Gallus were featured in a podcast discussing the results of their interviews with family members who initially opposed the transition out of an institution into community living for their relative with IDD. They discuss the six factors that were most important to family members in changing their attitudes toward their relative’s new life.

Additionally, their research was featured as a top story in Disability Scoop.

Richardson Wins College of Human Sciences 3MT Presentation Competition

In February 2016, Natalie Richardson, a Human Development and Family Science master’s student in Marriage and Family Therapy received first place as well as the People’s Choice Award for her Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation, “Families and Intellectual and Developmental Disability: Understanding Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan”. The goal of 3MT is to train students to present an oration on their research, and its relevance to a non-specialist, but educated audience.