Can PWS Interventions Be Delivered By Telehealth?

can-pws-interventions-be-delivered-by-telehealth.jpgTelehealth, or the "delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications" such as through a computer is a growing trend in health care. A recent report from a group at Michigan State University shows how their online program is successfully helping parents of children with autism interact with their children to improve their child's social communication. 
Telehealth research is also currently underway in PWS. Dr. Anastasia Dimitropoulos, associate professor of psychology at Case Western University, currently has two studies working with families to improve social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in children with PWS through telehealth delivery. This October, she will be presenting findings from her telehealth research at the annual FPWR Research Conference: Action Changes Tomorrow.

Dr. Dimitropoulos’ research examines the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional characteristics of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her research is directed at understanding several characteristics of individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), including hyperphagia and compulsive behavior, in addition to social and communication ability in comparison to autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Dimitropoulos is one of many expert presenters at this year’s FPWR research conference. You can learn more about the conference and the lineup of speakers here.

PWS FPWR conference 2016

Topics: Research

Jessica Bohonowych

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Jessica Bohonowych is a graduate of Duke University, and holds a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of California, Davis. Incorporating her research background, knowledge of pharmacology and drug development, and teaching experience, Jessica works with Theresa Strong in managing FPWR’s grant portfolio, communicating research results and breakthroughs to our community, aiding in special projects such as the Clinical Trials Initiative and Molecular Resource Center, and is heading the development of the Global PWS Registry.

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