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Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Kerri Nowell

July 3, 2018

Dr. Kerri Nowell’s experiences with disability began early in her life. Growing up as one of six children, Nowell’s younger brother was born with a hearing impairment. Nowell credits these early experiences with helping develop her passion for working with […]

A SPARK of Hope

July 3, 2018

SPARK is a large, online, national research initiative working to bring together a community of individuals with autism and their families. The primary goal of SPARK is to identify the hundreds of genes suspected to be contributing to autism and […]

2018 INSAR In Review

July 3, 2018

This spring, Thompson Center autism experts joined hundreds of the leading international autism research experts in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) annual meeting. Every year, INSAR brings together the world’s leading autism researchers to […]

PIcture of the first ABA class of graduates

A “First Class” First Class

May 31, 2018

Within a few days of beginning an internship at the Thompson Center as a part of her undergraduate degree, Brittany Schmitz knew without a doubt that she wanted to be a behavior analyst. “I just loved being able to use […]

Staff Spotlight — Meet Christine Smith

April 4, 2018

Pursuing life, family and work with meaning and passion is important to Christine Smith. All the more so since her family received the diagnosis. In 2016, experts at the Thompson Center diagnosed Christine’s then eight-year-old son Allen with autism spectrum […]

My child might have autism. What do I do?

March 27, 2018

By: Kristen Sohl, associate professor of clinical child health and director of ECHO Autism University of Missouri Health Care If you think your child could have autism, you might be unsure about what to do next. You’ve noticed the warning […]

Faculty Spotlight — Dr. Jennifer Sykes

March 5, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Sykes has always known that she had a passion for parenting dynamics and helping parents understand their children’s behaviors. Growing up in a large extended family, Sykes was able to see how different parenting skills and tactics played […]

Genetic targets for autism spectrum disorder identified by MU team

February 19, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Autism is a spectrum of closely related symptoms involving behavioral, social and cognitive deficits. Early detection of autism in children is key to producing the best outcomes; however, searching for the genetic causes of autism is complicated […]

Faculty Spotlight — Dr. Kerri Nowell

January 30, 2018

Growing up in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, Dr. Kerri Nowell’s experiences with disability and how different cultures treat disability began early. One of six children, Nowell’s younger brother was born with a hearing impairment. A neighboring Omani family […]