Growth and Occupational Well-being of Youth Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Hoyt leads the Growth and Occupational Well-being of Youth (GROWTH) Laboratory, which examines early indicators of developmental delay and intervention outcomes in infants and toddlers at high risk for neurodevelopmental delay, particularly those with neurological injury from sickle cell disease (SCD) or perinatal stroke (a common cause of cerebral palsy). The laboratory focuses on applying family-centered approaches to research through caregiver participation at all stages. Projects may include quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. Dr. Hoyt is invested in the application of an equity lens within the field of occupational therapy. The GROWTH Laboratory strives to promote and apply an equity lens in all processes and outcomes.

Current research projects include:

  • Developmental testing of infants and toddlers with perinatal stroke pre/post constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) intervention
  • Delivering home-based CIMT intervention to infants/toddlers with perinatal stroke
  • Determining developmental trajectories of infants and toddlers with SCD
  • Describing occupational development of infants and toddlers with SCD
  • Assessing facilitators and barriers of participation in developmental screening and early intervention among caregivers of young children with SCD

General Description of Student Activities

Learning activities are centered around the individual needs of each project and learning goals of each student. Students can expect to learn and practice pediatric assessments including the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-4, Infant Toddler Activity Card Sort and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3. There may be opportunities to learn and practice additional assessments of motor development in young children. Students will have opportunities to engage in the research process and work on existing projects that will involve recruitment of young children and caregivers, data collection and entry, pediatric evaluation, data analysis and scientific writing. Weekly lab meetings will focus on the development of student projects and discussions about health equity, family-centered research and intervention, pediatric assessment and presentation of scholarly work.

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