Congratulations, Dr. Sheinkopf!
Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD, received an R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health on September 6, 2019.
Dr. Sheinkopf consulted with the Advance-CTR Biostatistics Core to strengthen his proposal for submission, which resulted in a new collaboration between Dr. Sheinkopf and Gavino Puggioni, PhD, at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Puggioni is a co-investigator on the R01, which also includes investigators at Women and Infants Hospital and the Brown University Schools of Public Health and Engineering.
"Neonatal Cry Acoustics and Neurobehavioral Characteristics as Early Markers of Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder"
My team and I developed a system to study the acoustic characteristics in newborn cry that could relate to risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism). Our center has also developed the NNNS, a widely used and well-validated neurobehavioral exam for infants in the newborn period.
There are currently no available methods to screen for autism in infancy, but preliminary evidence suggests that children with autism may be characterized by atypical features of cry and neurobehavior during early infancy. Until now, the lack of a computerized cry analysis system has been a major barrier to studying and analyzing newborn cry. In addition, studying autism in infancy requires strong networks and systems that support longitudinal methods to follow children as they develop.