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UMass: Project iPREP to Help Prepare the Next Generation of Speech-Language Pathologists

Dr. Mary Andrianopoulos, associate professor of communications disorders in the University of Massachussets Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue her long-term work on delivering speech-language interventions to students with autism through applied technologies. Those technologies include telehealth service delivery models and computer-based instruction.

Her new grant will fund the “Interdisciplinary Preparation of Related-Service Professionals in Evidence-Based Practices: High-Risk Students/Families and Remote Technologies” – or iPREP, for short. Over the five-year grant period, Dr. Andrianopoulos and co-investigators from the UMass Amherst College of Education, will recruit and engage future cohorts of graduate students in an interdisciplinary curriculum and research-to-practice culminating experiences. Their work will enable them to design and deliver evidence-based, data-driven interventions and decision-making models to better serve the needs of students on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

“Telehealth, or telepractice, service delivery models involve the application of computer-based instruction using videoconferencing platforms and high-speed internet and enables specialists to deliver services in real-time regardless of geographical distance,” Dr. Andrianopoulos says. “This is especially beneficial to professions with critical shortages, such as speech language pathologists and school psychologists, and in rural areas.”

The grant’s novel aspect focuses on the interdisciplinary preparation of speech-language pathologists and school psychologists.

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