Fine wins national award for brain research

August 28, 2013

Fine_Jodene11Assistant professor of school psychology Jodene Fine has received a Blue Ribbon award from the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 40, for her research on brain differences in children with nonverbal learning disabilities.

Div. 40, which focuses on clinical neuropsychology, is the largest division of APA. The authors of just three Div. 40 abstract submissions were selected by a committee of peers to present their work as Blue Ribbon recipients at the annual APA convention this summer in Hawaii.

Fine was the first to discover that the brains of children with nonverbal learning disabilities—long considered a phantom diagnosis—actually are different than the brains of their peers. Her paper was titled, “Differences in the Corpus Callosum Among Children With Asperger’s, ADHD, NVLD, and Neurotypicals.”