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Project STARS: Systematic Training for Autism Researchers and School Personnel  

This project will develop a new component of the Special education Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas (UNT), which will focus on the preparation of personnel to assume leadership roles in the area of autism research, education, and training. The program will provide intensive, high quality doctoral training to prepare personnel to become recognized leaders in institution of higher education, Federal and State organizations and local education agencies and service centers. This is an interdisciplinary program built on a foundation of mentorship collaboration, and to become effective applied researchers, program developers/evaluators, policy analysts, and university instructors. The program will target both full and part-time students and will provide individualized professional development opportunities to meet each other's unique research, training, and leadership objectives. No fewer than 12 students will be selected to participate in the project throughout the four year program. A special focus of student recruiting will be to attract parents of children with autism to the program. Elements of the program include: (a) required internships and field experiences; (b) curricula focusing on empirically-demonstrated best practices in the area of autism intervention; (c) the development and enhancement of university/school district collaborations; and (d) a strong emphasis on grant writing and management. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,962.00
Current Award Period 2007-2011
Project Number H325D060017
Principal Investigator Mehta, Smita
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 7: What Other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must Be Met? (Infrastructure)
Subcategory Research Workforce Development
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 7K. Encourage programs and funding mechanisms that expand the research workforce, enhance interdisciplinary research training, and recruit early career scientists into the ASD field by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of North Texas
State/Country Texas
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