Alumni Updates

December 12, 2017

Erika Baril (2016) and LEND Training Director, Betsy Humphreys published an article in the Journal of Early Intervention this fall. The article features an evaluation of the research evidence on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an intervention for infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. Ten research studies are included in this systematic review. Findings indicate variability in methodologies, participant and intervention characteristics, and research rigor. The ESDM shows promise as an evidence-based practice for young children with ASD and there is preliminary evidence to support implementation of the ESDM. The extent to which child improvements are due to the ESDM intervention alone is not fully known. Clinical decisions around adoption and feasibility of implementation in communities will be enhanced with greater knowledge and understanding.

Tara Lovely (2016) completed her MSW in 2016.  She is employed at the Skowhegan Area Middle School as a school based therapist, teaches courses at Kennebec Valley Community College, and facilitates equine assisted activities at a barn in central Maine for individuals experiencing developmental and mental health challenges as well as trauma.  Tara shared "LEND has really expanded my knowledge and understanding of the challenges of children experiencing neurodevelopmental Issues.  This knowledge and experience directly relates to the work I do every day.  My expanded ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary way has directly affected my ability to provide better support for my clients as well as their families."

Courtney Gray Tanner (2014) was appointed Executive Director of Hope on Haven Hill in June of 2017.  Hope on Haven Hill is a residential recovery facility in Rochester for pregnant and parenting women and their babies. Gray Tanner also serves as the board president for the Partnership for Drug-Free New Hampshire and is a member of the New Hampshire Insurance Department’s Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Advisory Committee.