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Winter 2016


Carrie Coffield, PhD Honored with Parent-Professional Collaboration Award

Carrie CoffieldCarrie Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Boggs Center, Malia Corde, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), Deepa Srinivasavaradan, SPAN, and Ericka Dickerson, NJ Department of Children and Families, were honored with the Parent-Professional Collaboration Award by SPAN and the Community of Care Consortium. The award was presented at the most recent meeting of the Council for Young Children’s Infant and Child Health Committee on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 for enhancing early screening of autism and other developmental disabilities for families served by Federally Qualified Health Centers, early childhood centers, and home visiting programs in New Jersey.



Sharon Lohrmann, PhD Co-authored Book Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Coercive Relationship Dynamics


Sharon Lohrmann

Sharon Lohrmann, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of NJ Positive Behavior Support in Schools at The Boggs Center, co-authored a book chapter, “Transforming Coercive Into Constructive Processes with Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities and Severe Problem Behavior.” The chapter appears in The Oxford Handbook of Coercive Relationship Dynamics edited by Thomas J. Dishion and James Snyder. Joseph Lucyshyn, Brenda Fossett, Christy Cheremshynski, Lynn Miller, Lauren Binnendyk, Sophia Khan, Stephen Chinn, Samantha Kwon, and Larry Irvin co-authored the chapter.

Colleen McLaughlin Lead Workforce Strand and Co-authored Publications
for National Goals Conference

Colleen McLaughlinColleen McLaughlin, MEd, Community Training and Technical Assistance Manager, was invited to be the Workforce Strand Leader and co-author a selection of publications for the National Goals in Research, Practice, and Policy Conference held in Washington, DC in August 2015. The Workforce Strand was one of 10 broad focus areas for which experts were invited to share information about the current knowledge base and gaps in information and to identify the vision for goals for research, practice, and policy moving forward.

National Goals 2015 resulted in the development of several products – a special issue of the journal Inclusion, a book, videos, and Issue Briefs. Publications and materials resulting from the National Goals effort are available at:

The Workforce publications developed through National Goals 2015 emphasized the need to develop a stable and competent workforce to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can live fully engaged lives in the community. Workforce research goals were focused on the areas of recruitment and retention, competency development, and effectively supporting community inclusion.

The National Goals Conference was coordinated through a partnership between the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), The Arc of the United States, The Research and Training Center on Community Living-Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, The Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health-Institute on Disability and Human Development (Illinois UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Employment at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with the support of National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

The Boggs Center Welcomes Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT

Margaret GilbrideMargaret Gilbride, JD, CT has joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities as Instructor of Pediatrics and Director of Employment Programs and Aging & Disability.

Ms. Gilbride graduated from Indiana University School of Law and is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She has been an Interfaith Chaplin Intern at Overlook Medical Center and is now a member of its bioethics committee representing the interests of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Gilbride serves on a national committee, Educating Hospital and Hospice Providers on Healthcare Decision-making for People with Disabilities, the national board of directors for APSE: The Association of Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst, and the New Jersey board of directors for the state’s chapter.

Prior to joining The Boggs Center, Ms. Gilbride worked as an Administrator, Research Associate, and Project Coordinator at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) where she provided direct technical assistance on topics such as program evaluation, strategic planning, staff development, and issue-specific workshops and group facilitation to schools, provider organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, family groups, and advocacy organizations. In addition to her responsibilities at IIDC, Ms. Gilbride has held positions as Job Coach, Program Manager, Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director. She is also a regular presenter at national conferences.

Boggs Center Faculty and Staff Present at Recent Conferences

Deborah Spitalnik, Carrie Coffield, Colleen McLaughlin, Melissa Cheplic, Phil Smith, and Michelle Mead

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center, presented a keynote, “Building and Embracing Community Supports,” at the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) 32nd Annual Conference on November 20, 2015, in Atlantic City, NJ.

At the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 44th Annual Conference on November 16-17, 2015 in Washington, DC, Caroline Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator, presented a poster, “What Happens After Developmental Screening: Connecting Families to Local Resources,” and Colleen McLaughlin, MEd, Community Training & Technical Assistance Manager, presented on a panel, “From Trainee to Executive: Cultivating Leadership Through Participation in Research, Shared Scholarship, and Policymaking.”

At the NADD 32nd Annual Conference on November 18-19, 2015 in San Francisco, CA, Melissa Cheplic MPH, NADD-DDS, Training and Consultation Specialist, co-presented a pre-conference session, “NADD Certifications/Accreditation for IDD/MH; Phil Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, presented “Differential Diagnosis of Autism and OCD;” and Michelle Mead, MA, Training and Consultation Specialist, and Melissa Cheplic presented “Promoting Relaxation for Individuals with IDD."

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