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Frist Center announces 2020 member awards

Posted by on Monday, January 27, 2020 in News.

This past October, the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation put out its first-ever call for large projects, mini-grants, scholarly literature reviews, and symposia proposals consistent with the Center’s mission of engineering technologies and transforming the workplace – inspired by neurodiversity. These awards are supported through a combination of Frist Center endowment funds, HHMI Professor Prize funds, and NSF NISE training grant funds. After review by a multi-school panel of expert scholars from Engineering, Medicine, the Owen Graduate School of Management, and Peabody, we have selected several award recipients (see link below). Congratulations to these individual Principal Investigators and their collaborators/teams!
Large Projects
Increasing Identification of Autistic Adults and Vocational Success
  • PI: Tiffany Woynaroski
  • Hearing & Speech Sciences, VUMC
  • $50,000
Literature Reviews
Literature Review: Opportunities for Autistic Individuals to Bridge Gaps in the Growing Geospatial Technology Workforce
  • Janey Camp
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • $10,000
Relationship between comorbid mood disorders on employment participation, satisfaction, and outcomes among adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review
  • Blythe Corbett
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, VUMC
  • $10,000
Literature Review: High School Transition to Post-Secondary Education or Employment Settings for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Aislynn Kiser
  • Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • $10,000
Investigation of Autistic Employment Patterns and Profiles
  • T A McDonald
  • Neurology, VUMC
  • $10,000
Mechanisms of success for Currently Employed Individuals with ASD
  • Ben Schwartzman
  • Special Education, Peabody College of Education and Human Development
  • $8,000
Neurodiversity Inspired Science & Engineering Training Grants
Tools to Support Social Skills: Facial Mimicry in the Job Interview
  • Carissa Cascio
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, VUMC

Tools to Assess Individual Differences in Visuospatial Reasoning Strategies

  • Maithilee Kunda
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering

Virtual Reality (VR) Based Job Interview Simulator for Individuals with ASD

  • Nilanjan Sarkar
  • Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

Neurodiversity Inspired Visualization of Big Data

  • Keivan Stassun
  • Physics & Astronomy, College of Arts & Science

Collaborative Virtual Environments for Social Communication Assessment and Support

  • Zachary Warren
  • Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Increasing Identification of Autistic Adults and Vocational Success

  • Tiffany Woynaroski
  • Hearing & Speech Sciences, VUMC



  • David Ernst

    March 3rd, 2020

    I wish to be current in my understanding of all that is going on in the Center.

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