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Excited to announce that the SPRL will be attending the 2019 NASP Convention in Atlanta, GA to present on multiple studies! The following studies will be included in next year’s convention:

Analyzing Life Satisfaction in Children with Disabilities (Poster)

- By Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney, and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Knowledge of ASD in the General and Parent Populations (Paper Presentation)

- By Kandice Benallie, Chandler Benney, Gretchen Peacock, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, and Bryn Harris

Effectiveness of a Leter-Writing App Intervention for Children with ASD (Paper Presentation)

- By Megan Golson, Cassity Haverkamp, and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Assessing Graduate Training on ASD Assessment Through Syllabi Content Analysis (Poster)

- By Savannah Cavender, Cassity Haverkamp, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Bryn Harris, and Tiffany Otero

Comparing Two Emotion Identification Interventions for Children with ASD (Poster)

- By Cassity Haverkamp and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Mindfulness on Academic Stress and Reading for Students with SLD (Poster)

- By Chandler Benney, Megan Heyborne, and Maryellen McClain Verdoes

And 2 Mini Skill Sessions on:

Assessing Autism in School Settings: Meeting Underserved, Diverse Populations Needs

- By Terisa Gabrielsen, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, Bryn Harris, Kavena Begay, and Tiffany Otero

The ESQ-R: Assessing Executive Skills within an MTSS Model

- By Julia Strait, Peg Dawson, Gill Strait, and Maryellen Mclain Verdoes


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Check out the new publication in Clinical Pediatrics! Dr. McClain Verdoes collaborated with Drs. Shahidullah (Rutgers the State University of New Jersey), Azad (Johns Hopkins), Mezher (Miami University), and McIntyre (University of Oregon) on a commentary discussing linking the educational and medical home when serving children with ASD.


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Dr. McClain Verdoes and two SPRL graduate research assistants (Cassity Haverkamp, Fiona Molsberry) recently collaborated with Dr. Otero (University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability) on their most recent article published in Psychology in the Schools.


 SPRL graduate research assistants Chandler Benney (left) and Kandice Olson (right) presenting at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April!

RMPA 2018

SPRL graduate research assistants Chandler Benney (left) and Kandice Olson (right) presenting at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April!


NASP 2018

Several SPRL research students traveled to Chicago for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) annual conference. SPRL graduate research assistant Cassity Haverkamp presented a poster on the effectiveness of various emotion identification interventions for students with ASD at the NASP.

SPRL research assistants Chandler Benney, Kandice Olson, and Cassity Haverkamp exploring Chicago while at NASP!

Cassity explaining her research at NASP.

Cassity at her poster at NASP.


URLEND and Riley Hospital for Children LEND trainees and Dr. McClain Verdoes at their AUCD poster presentation.

#AUCD 2017 - Dr. Maryellen McClain Verdoes of SPRL presented on assessing LEND trainees knowledge of ASD with occupational therapy and psychology trainees from Utah regional LEND, Riley Hospital for Children, and Indiana University at AUCD in Washington, DC. Nice interdisciplinary and cross university collaboration everyone!


Check out SPRL's most recent publication! Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disability by Drs. McClain Verdoes, Hasty Mills (Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center), and Murphy (University of Tennessee Health Science Center).


Cassie Bovee, undergraduate research assistant with the Speech and Auditory Perception Lab (SAP LAB) at Utah State University, presented on the effects background noise has on speech perception for children who have ASD at the USU Student Research Symposium today! The SPRL and SAP LAB are collaborating on an on-going project examining the effects of background noise on speech perception and reading performance in children with and without ASD. 

Cassie during her poster presentation

Cassie and SAP LAB director, Dr. Sarah Yoho Leopold


Excited to announce that Maryellen McClain Verdoes and Cassity Haverkamp will be conducting a workshop on differential diagnoses during the ASD assessment process at the Brigham Young University Autism Translational Research Workshop in January!