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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2003

NIH Grant Awarded To Center For Disabilities and Development

Researchers in the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received a $796,500 grant to study a potential treatment for behavior problems in children.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the four-year research grant for a project titled, "Competing Stimuli and Automatic Reinforcement." The project will evaluate the effectiveness of an assessment model in predicting which behavioral treatments will be effective in reducing serious problem behaviors such as self-injury. The results of the assessment will be used to select a behavioral treatment to reduce the problem behavior. Participants will be followed over a one-year period to determine the effectiveness of the treatment in reducing problem behavior.

Wendy Berg, senior research assistant in applied behavior analysis at CDD, will serve as the project's principal investigator. Joni Bosch, Ph.D., Joel Ringdahl, Ph.D., and David Wacker, Ph.D., are co-investigators on the project.

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