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CFS's Dr. Rose Iovannone Receives Internal Research Grant from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Dr. Rose Iovannone has received a College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Internal Grant in the amount of $20,000 for her proposal entitled Pilot Evaluation of the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce Model for Transition Aged Youth.

The grant will provide her the opportunity to evaluate the potential of implementing Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) for transition-aged youth (TYA; ages 14-22) with intellectual disabilities (ID) or autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in pre-employment settings.

PTR is a functional behavior assessment and behavior support plan framework that has undergone two randomized controlled trials, one with students in grades K-8 and the other with students aged 3-6 years. Results from both studies showed PTR to be more effective than services as usual in decreasing challenging behaviors and increasing appropriate behaviors.

The primary aims of PTR-TAY are to (a) assess the feasibility and usability of implementing PTR in community-based pre-employment settings, and (b) evaluate whether PTR has the promise of being effective with TAY.

The results of the study will strengthen a grant proposal for a Development and Innovative Grant to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in August 2020.  



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