Fullbright semi-finalist

Undergraduate research student, Greg Heinonen, has been recommended as a semi-finalist in the Fulbright U.S. Student program. He will be moving on to the next round where finalists will be named by Spring of this year. His research project has been proposed with faculty at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark. "The project that I've proposed will be the evaluation of a preventative intervention to promote the mental health and well-being of newly arrived refugees to Denmark."  If funded, Greg's aim will be to examine factors of Danish school and welfare systems that promote or inhibit the success of the intervention. He says of the potential impacts of his research, "this is certainly a timely intervention considering the needs of recently arrived refugees in both Denmark and the United States." Congratulations, Greg!

Creating a culture of health

Kinesiology graduate student named RWJF Health Policy Scholar

Kathleen McCarty, a kinesiology doctoral student in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, has been inducted into the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program.
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Undergraduate Researcher Awarded at National Conference

Health promotion and health behavior and Honors College senior Gregory Heinonen's poster titled, "Examining the relationship between parent and child health in young children with developmental disabilities," co-authored by kinesiology Professor Megan MacDonald, was given the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2018 Student Poster Session Award. Congratulations, Greg!

Furry friends find a new role

They’re said to be man’s best friend and now, four-legged friends of families with a developmentally disabled child are being trained to take on a new, important role. Dogs who complete the Do as I Do (DAID) project become imitation trainers for their human children with the goal of improving physical activity and social well-being in the child.
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Autism in motion

Children with autism are often clumsy, physically awkward or uncoordinated. This understudied and nearly ubiquitous feature has researchers contemplating a new idea: Could motor problems be one source of autism’s social difficulties?
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Podcast

Fine and Gross Motor Skills: Interview with Megan MacDonald, Ph.D

Megan MacDonald, Ph.D was involved in a study that found that preschoolers with better fine and gross motor skill development will have improved social behavior and executive function. Megan joins us today to talk about the study, it's findings, and the implications for teachers.

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Preschoolers’ motor skill development connected to school readiness

Preschoolers’ fine and gross motor skill development is indicative of later performance on two key measures of kindergarten readiness, according to a study published today by researchers from Oregon State University.

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