Research

Current Research

The CCHD receives a number of grants to provide services for children with disabilities, and to conduct research in the field of developmental disabilities (DD). Through research carried out at university centers like the CCHD, service delivery to children and adults with DD evolves into best practices, improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

Current studies publishing opportunities being pursued currently at the CCHD include:

  • Epigenetics and Autism Spectrum Disorders (Role of hormones on DNA Methylation in Children with Autism)
    (Ellerbeck and Kelly, and KCART pilot grant)
  • KANSAS-CAN Improve Access to Quality Diagnostic Services by Linking the Educational and Medical Systems
    (Reese and Rinner, HRSA grant)
  • Barriers to Diagnosing Autism for the Family Physician
    (Ellebeck and Finikile)
  • Teaching Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Using Role-Playing and Competency Assignments
    (A project being presented by Ellerbeck and Wendland at the SDBP meeting in September, 2010)
  • Sex Difference in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    (Ellerbeck and Kelly)
  • Oxytocin and G-proteins in autism
    (Ellerbeck and Jacobson)


Past Research

The CCHD is a dynamic, active research center with cutting edge and ongoing studies being conducted and published.  This is not an exhaustive list, but past research topics and published work of CCHD faculty have included:

  • Differences and Similarities in Pediatric and Adult Vomiting Cycles
    (Lavenbarg)
  • Diagnosing Functional Abdominal Pain with the Rome II Criteria: Parent, Child, and Clinician Agreement
    (Lavenbarg)
  • Diagnostic Utility of the Water Load Test in Children with Chronic Abdominal Pain
    (Lavenbarg)
  • Diffuse Esophageal Spasm in Young Children
    (Lavenbarg)
  • Functional Differences in Disruptive Behavior in Children with and without Autism
    (Reese)
  • Building a Statewise Plan Embedding Positive Behavior Support in Human Service Organizations
    (Reese)
  • Crossover Study of Risperidone in Children, Adolescents, and Adults with MR and Autism
    (Reese)
  • Improved Behavior and Sleep after Adenotonsillectomy in Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing
    (Reese)
  • Promoting Early Communicative Competency in Toddlers with Autism
    (KCART)
  • Communication Success and Augmentative Communication
    (KCART)
  • Promoting Communication Outcomes for Children with Deaf-Blindness
    (KCART)
  • Zinc and Biobehavioral Development in Early Childhood
    (KCART)
  • Outcomes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities
    (KCART)
  • Combining Technologies to Maximize Outcomes: Children with Autism
    (KCART)
  • Enhancing Social Turn -taking in Children with Autism
    (KCART)
  • Determining the Efficacy of the Self-Determination Model
    (KCART)

Last modified: Aug 17, 2012
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