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FPG Distinguished Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Pamela DeGuzman

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Pamela DeGuzman as the third speaker in our 2019-2020 distinguished lecture series Networks in Child Development: From Biology to Society.

Evaluating Drivers of Age of Diagnosis Disparities for Virginia’s Rural Children with Autism

Despite the known benefits of early autism diagnosis, the average age in the U.S. is still around 4 years old. Research suggests that rural children may be diagnosed later than those living in urban areas, but the reasons for this disparity are not well described using traditional methods of rural classification. Using a state-wide payer dataset, we evaluated multiple geospatial drivers for age of diagnosis disparities in a cohort of children born in Virginia in 2011. Our findings suggest using a payer dataset with a larger sample across multiple states may help elucidate geographic-based drivers in age of diagnosis disparities.

Dr. DeGuzman is a former hospital administrator who is passionate about teaching nursing students the leadership, business and communication skills they need to change the way patients are treated through health systems theory and public health systems research.  Her current research focuses on what effects geography has on the health of vulnerable populations. She uses her knowledge, experience and skills to create systems for caregivers to affect change.

Dr. DeGuzman is an associate professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.  She is the director of research at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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