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The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program Highlighted as a Model of Diversity

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The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities was recognized by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) for its recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds and cultures in a Promising Practice Brief: A UCEDD's Focus on Supporting a Diverse Community of Trainees. The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Traineeship program draws on the diversity of Rutgers University, and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, both of which have a strong history of recruiting a diverse student body. The Promising Practice Brief describes The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program, and provides strategies that support recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. The Boggs Center is New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service and is part of the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

 

 

 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Presents AUCD Gold Star Award to Cate Benedetti

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Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, presented the AUCD Gold Star Award to Cate Benedetti, Legislative Assistant to Representative Christopher Smith at the AUCD Awards Gala on November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. The award recognizes a Capitol Hill staffer who demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing public policy for people with disabilities and their families. Ms. Benedetti was acknowledged for her role in the recent enactment of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Supports Act (CARES Act), which reauthorized existing federal autism research and assistance programs.

 

The Boggs Center Welcomes 2014-2015 Student Trainees

Four students are participating in The Boggs Center's 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program coordinated by Caroline Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator of The Boggs Center.

Alison O’Connor, a PsyD student at Rutgers University, will be supervised by Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center. Ashley Ritchey, an MSW student at Rutgers University School of Social Work, will complete her field education placement at The Boggs Center and will be supervised by Robyn Carroll, MSW, Communications Manager. Victoria Cabrera, an MSW student at Rutgers University School of Social Work, will complete her field education placement at The Boggs Center and will be supervised by Michael Knox, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Deputy Director. Kathrine Baldwin, an MPH student at Rutgers University School of Public Health, will be supervised by Dan Baker, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics.

 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Sworn in to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was sworn in to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities on September 3, 2014.  Dr. Spitalnik was previously appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011, having also served on the Committee from 1994 to 2001 and as Chair from 2000 to 2001.  The White House announced her reappointment to the Committee earlier this year.

The mission of thePresident's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities(PCPID) is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities. Undergirding the Committee's mission is the goal to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and life-long participation in their respective communities.

The Boggs Center also congratulates the other appointees, including Sheryl White-Scott, MD, who teaches in The Boggs Center’s Seminar on Developmental Disabilities and Family Centered Care in the third year pediatric clerkship for medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. View theWhite House Press Release.

 

The Boggs Center Hosts Guests from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities

On August 21st, 2014, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities had the honor of hosting guests from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, (AIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

Commissioner Aaron Bishop, MSSW, and Policy Analyst Andrew Morris, MPH, from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living; as well as Andrew Imparato, JD, Executive Director of AUCD joined The Boggs Center’s faculty and staff to learn more about the Center’s projects and the impact of our activities throughout the state.

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School presented an organizational overview and facilitated the discussion. Boggs Center faculty and staff, along with Ellie Byra, chair of the Consumer Advisory Council, highlighted The Boggs Center’s programs in the areas of Education, Employment, Community Supports, Health, and Interdisciplinary Student Training.


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