The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) has introduced a new series of short (3-5 minutes), sharable videos on research study opportunities, study results, new toolkits, and online courses available to the public.
VKC Research Briefs are recorded by VKC faculty and staff who are actively recruiting research participants for a new research study, or who are sharing the results of a recent study in a plain language format. The videos are shot using Zoom technology from the safety of the researcher’s home or office and are purposefully short, between 3-5 minutes in length, to make for easier sharing over social media. The researcher speaks in accessible, easy-to-understand terms about the study, including what prompted him/her to explore the topic, goals and outcomes, and participant eligibility requirements. Videos include links to additional information such as a lab website or a contact person’s name and information.
Much like the Research Briefs, VKC Project Briefs are short videos designed to announce new products such as online courses and toolkits created by VKC staff and researchers. Principal investigators share what inspired them to create the product and explain who may benefit from its use. All VKC-sponsored products (unless otherwise indicated) are free to the public, and links to materials are provided.
Current VKC Research Briefs:
- Miriam Lense, Ph.D., assistant professor in Otolaryngology: “Rhythm and Music of Social Engagement in Individual with Developmental Disabilities”
- Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division: “An Entirely Online Intervention to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism”
- Beth Malow and Janet Shouse, program coordinator, IDD Toolkit; Study Coordinator, Project ECHO Autism Adult Healthcare: “A Novel Provider-Focused Training Program to Serve Transition-Age Youth and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
- Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences: “A Longitudinal Study of Employment and Educational Instability for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Current VKC Project Briefs:
- Beth Malow and Keivan Stassun, Ph.D., Stevenson Endowed Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, and Director, Frist Center for Autism & Innovation: “Supporting Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Setting and Pursuing Self-Determined Goals”
- Beth Malow and Janet Shouse: “A Novel Provider-Focused Training Program to Serve Transition-Age Youth and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
- Jaye Capretto, Ph.D., M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, RPT, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and former Postdoctoral Fellow, VKC TRIAD: “New Online Course and Toolkit: Puberty, Sex, and Sexuality: An Introduction for Autistic Teens and Adults”
For more information on the VKC Video Briefs Series, contact Elizabeth Turner at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Turner is associate director for VKC Communications & Dissemination.
Pictured top of page: Julie Lounds Taylor research brief.