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Jessica Goldblum, a graduate student in Developmental Psychology, is a 2020 recipient of a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) grant.

The express purpose of the NC TraCS $2K Pilot Program is to support the generation of preliminary data that will enable researchers to compete for external funding. To this end, TraCS provides small grants of up to $2,000 to assist clinical and translational researchers in implementing a proposed study or moving a research project forward by providing rapid access to funds that will support almost any aspect of promising and innovative translational research. Grants are primarily given to projects done in North Carolina, particularly research focused on one of the 10 health priority areas identified by TraCS through a series of meeting with community groups (cancer, cardiovascular disease/hypertension, chronic disease management, diabetes, healthcare access, mental health, nutrition, obesity, physical activity, and substance abuse).

Jessica was awarded over $2,000 for her project, “Virtual Assessment of Joint Attention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Novel Eye Tracking Approach for the New Normal.”

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