Congratulations to Shana! Shana Attar is one of Wendy’s graduate students, who was invited to submit a poster for the 25th National Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR). This virtual conference took place this past Monday and Tuesday and included over 1,000 attendees.
Shana’s poster was based on data obtained from our Screen-Refer-Treat (SRT) study, which provided training to providers working in four underserved counties. She examined the extent to which our brief intervention (a 2-hour office based-workshop) for primary care providers increased and sustained their knowledge, practice, and fidelity of autism screening at 18-month well-child visits. The majority of practices sustained their use of a digital M-CHAT-R/F (webM-CHAT-R/F) without experimenter intervention or incentives, suggesting that our low-cost, brief intervention can be scaled at-large to promote universal autism screening with fidelity in underserved communities nationwide.
Shana also participated in the New Investigators Workshop, which is part of the MHSR conference, where she heard from leaders inside NIMH about grant opportunities and picked up tips for how to successfully submit a grant application. We wish her the best of luck on future submissions!