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Prosem Lecture: Supporting Health Equity: Collaborative, Culturally Responsive, and Family-Centered Early Language Intervention

February 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presenter: Rebecca M. Alper, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist, Language, Literacy, and Learning Lab, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Temple University
Topic: Supporting Health Equity: Collaborative, Culturally Responsive, and Family-Centered Early Language Intervention

Supporting high-quality early interaction for children with, or at risk for, language delays and disorders represents a significant public-health need. The goal of Dr. Alper’s research program is to improve language, academic, and health outcomes of children at risk through culturally responsive, family-centered early intervention. Dr. Alper’s clinical–translational research is collaborative and community oriented.

The proseminar presentation will provide an overview of the research program, with a focus on two ongoing, funded, clinical trials—Duet and Koala. Duet is a community-based participatory research clinical trial (William Penn Foundation, 5-19, Alper, Contact PI; Vanguard, 2021-11, Alper, Co-PI) designed to reduce health disparities in children’s early language development through preventative caregiver-coaching intervention in English and/or Spanish. Koala is an NIH-funded (NIH/NIDCD, K23DC10776 3; Alper, PI) clinical trial that examines how differences in caregiver characteristics influence interaction quality an d early intervention outcomes for children who have a language delay or disorder with or without autism.

Dr. Alper’s ongoing research is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD, K23DC107763; Alper, PI), the William Penn F oundation (5-19, Alper, Contact PI), and The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2021-11, Alper, Co-PI). The funders had no role in study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, or publication. The opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NIH/NIDCD, William Penn Foundation, The Vanguard Group, Inc., or other funders.

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February 21, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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