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Mailman Center Newsletter is a semi-annual publication of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami
    Mailman Center Newsletter 
                                                                   
January 2015
Alumni Corner

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Employee Highlights

Congratulations! Dr. Brosco

Jeff Brosco, MD, PhD will serve in a new capacity as Faculty Education Development Director (FEDD), working with the Chair’s Office, the education team and education committee members to mentor our education scholars and implement our Pediatric Education Plan (PEP).


Congratulations Sara!

       








Sara St. George, M.A., a pediatric psychology resident at the Mailman Center for Child Development who will join the Miller School as a post-doctoral fellow in public health this fall, was selected to join the Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program. As a member of the prestigious journal’s first cohort of five early career reviewers, St. George, who was selected from 27 early career faculty and post-doctoral fellows, will serve on the editorial board for a two-year mentored term. Her mentor is Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health.
 
Congrats! Tiffine
   Tiffine at her desk
Tiffine Dennard, LEND's new addition was honored in Tallahassee Democrat for Disability Employment Month. Tiffane successfully completed her internship here at the Mailman Center as she transitioned to employee status.  She started her internship from a partnership with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Mailman Center.  Read the full article




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In this Issue...

 

MCCD Promotes Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
Tiffine at her deskTiffine Dennard, a person with a developmental disability participated in a 12 week paid internship sponsored by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).  She loved it at Mailman offering to volunteer after her internship ended.  Dennard has a learning disability and is a customer of APD.  Shelly Baer, Associate Training Director was her supervisor during her internship. She was so impressed with Tiffine’s drive, passion and desire to learn she went to bat for her, advocating for Dennard to get a part-time administrative assistant job.  Read more


Mailman Center Shares HIV/AIDS Best Practices with Ukrainian Delegates

MCCD and Ukrainian delegates
Mailman Center for Child Development welcomed six Ukrainian leaders participating in the Open World Program in South Florida during Oct.25 to Nov. 1. The delegates who were guests of the Miami Council for International Visitors’ delegation for Open World, examined HIV/AIDS education, treatment and prevention. 
While in South Florida, the delegates met with HIV/AIDS medical service providers, counselors, advocates and volunteers to learn and share best practices. Topics addressed included access to testing, AIDS education for at-risk youth and support and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Read More

A Social Legend in Miami Community Retires
Robert Morgan, Ph.DAfter more than forty years, Robert Morgan, EdD retired as Director of the Social Work Division at the Mailman Center.  While at the Mailman Center, Dr. Morgan dedicated his career to assisting vulnerable populations and was a tireless advocate for them, initially with children with developmental disabilities and their families.   Dr. Morgan was also a beloved teacher, field instructor and mentor.  During his tenure approximately 400+ masters level social work students came through MCCD for this sought after social work field placement.  Read more


AUCD 2014 Annual Conference Engages All
Recently several faculty and staff from the Mailman Center attended the AUCD Annual conference. Dr. Ruby Natale, Director, Community Research and Training and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Shana Bauer, Audiology LEND Trainee, presented posters, Dr. Natale's presentation entitled: Engaging Childcare Centers in Promoting Healthy Weight among Children with Special Health Care Needs, and  Shana 's presentation entitled: Legislation Impacting Audiology and the Provision of Audiological Services: A review of legislation across the United States. Each year, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities' (AUCD) annual conference brings together the network of university centers for disabilities' professionals and LEND trainees under its umbrella. This year's theme focused on raising the level of engagement with our communities, networks and beyond.  Several faculty and staff from the mailman center attended this successful and educational conference.  Read More and view the photo gallery

LEND Trainees and Advocacy
LEND trainees presentingAll LEND trainees address a systemic need in the community by devising and presenting an advocacy plan.  Some trainees actually implement their plan.  Pediatric resident Rebeca Kimsey and MD/MPH trainee Alison Headley teamed up to promote healthy development in high risk infants and toddlers by connecting families visiting the local Women and Infant Children (WIC) office with Help Me Grow (HMG) Florida.  Read more


Robert Fifer Honored with the Lifetime Clinical Career Award
Robert Fifer, Ph.D.
Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D., associate professor and Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s prestigious Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award.
The award recognizes audiology specialists for their lifetime clinical achievement and for changing the profession in areas of teaching, clinical science, administration and research.  Read more


Neonatal Touch Therapy Pioneer Receives Golden Goose Award in Washington
Picture of Tiffamy with awardTiffany Field, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, psychology and psychiatry and Director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami’s Mailman Center for Child Development, was presented the Golden Goose Award on September 18 at a ceremony at the Library of Congress.  Dr. Fields has transformed the health of hundreds of premature infants through her touch therapy program.  She was honored in Washington, D.C., for her holistic treatment approach.


MCCD Training Program Receives Appreciation
Shelly & Sylvia receives awardShelly Baer, Associate Director, Training and Sylvia Goncz, Director of Early Discovery Program attended University of Miami School of Medicine’s School of Public Health’s preceptor appreciation luncheon. They provided lunch and plaques to all the agencies that take their MPH and MD/MPH students for their capstone field placements. Mailman Center has benefited from having the public health perspective in the training and clinical divisions for the last two years.


UM Autism Program Top Fundraising Team
Helen Scarr with son Jaden holding plaqueUM Autism Program (UMAP) received a plaque from Autism Speaks for “Top Service Provider Fundraising Team” for the April Autism Walk.  It was presented at the June Awards Reception.  Helen Scarr, Family Advisor/UMAP proudly shows off the plaque with son Jaden; "Previously, we have received 'participation' plaques.  This is the first year we have received one for merit beyond participation", she said; We are very grateful to all our donors.  The success of our fundraising can be directly attributed to the increasing collaboration between all our programs, under the combined UM Autism Program umbrella:  Mailman Center, CARD, Hussman Institute, ASAC and CAMAT, to name a few.
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