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Lab announcements

When someone says you can't do it .. do it twice, and take pictures - anonymous.

Thanks for visiting this page where we work together to capture the various facets of our team's journey to date. For posts older than 2020, please see this website.

Poster Season

It's poster season at CPERL! Read about all the exciting opportunities we've had and that are coming up!

Dianna receives UIC Honors College grant

In September, Dianna applied for a UIC Honors College Research Grant. We are excited to announce that she was awarded $1,000 to defray costs of disseminating her capstone research project.

Two for two!

We did it again! We got NIH funds from CLDR to archive a second dataset from a bigger project to examine links between early intervention (EI) services and outcomes. This time, we have a dataset with elements across all major components of the ICF-CY

Forging Ahead in MS/OTD Journey

Briana and Andrea got a strong start to the academic year, as both passed their NBCOT exams to earn their OT certification in late August and then charged ahead to successfully complete and defend their field exams. Passing a field exam qualifies the

Data Collection Finale

We've reached the finish line for trying out some e-PROs with families enrolled in early intervention, as part of the second aim of our NIH R03 funded project.

CPERL welcomes first PhD student

Our CPERL team has grown in an important way!  We are excited to announce the addition of Vera Kaelin, a PhD student in Rehabilitation Science at UIC. She joins us all the way from Switzerland ...

From MS to OTD

It’s graduation season! Two lab members, myself, Andrea, and Briana, graduated in July with our MS degrees from UIC.

Gearing up to disseminate

This is an exciting time for our lab as team members prepare to share research progress across several national venues this Fall.

Congratulations to our newest lab alumna!

Heather has graduated with her BS in Kinesiology and recently accepted an offer to attend the OTD program in occupational therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, with a scholarship and graduate assistantship package.

CPERL Enrolls 100th Participant!

One of our ongoing NIH-funded projects involves the timely process of getting families to complete assessments of their child online as part of their child’s annual evaluation of progress. We are thrilled to…

Next Phase of PEM+ Development Published

This just in!  We are pleased to announce that our paper reporting on the feasibility of PEM+, a new e-health tool, has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy…

Lessons Learned (and Published)

We are excited to announce our latest publication, titled Community engagement to pilot electronic patient-reported outcomes (e-PROs) in early intervention: Lessons learned, in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

New Team Member Alert

The CPERL team is excited to welcome Dianna Bosak as an undergraduate research assistant. Dianna is completing her junior year at UIC. She is majoring in psychology and political science and is enrolled in…

The Value of Being Understood

Our lab's work has been featured in the latest issue of our college magazine, thematically titled "mastering the art of healthcare communication".

Hot off the press

CPERL started the new year with the determination to make this year “twenty-GREAT-teen”, and a great year it has been already! Two manuscripts have been accepted for publication and we couldn’t be happier.…

Archiving Data on Early Intervention Service Use

The NIH funded Center for Large Data Research & Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) recently funded a project for archiving one of two datasets from our NIH R03 funded project! We hope that these accessible data will be of use to EI stakeholder

Pediatric Rehabilitation Poster Award

This was an exciting year to be at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in Atlanta! CPERL’s own Jessica Jarvis went center stage to accept the Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Poster Award on…

PEM+ Formative Paper Published

After years of hard work and months spent revising and reviewing our final manuscript, we are proud to announce that our submitted paper has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of…

Fostering interdisciplinary innovation

Christina is perhaps the most understated member to have joined our CPERL team to date. She was our first MS student intern from the UIC Biomedical Visualization program. During her research internship, Christina was charged…

CPERL's 1st Chicago-based Community Partnership

A very exciting development has recently occurred at CPERL: we have partnered with Blue Bird Day School (BBD), a local pediatric therapy school for children with developmental delays and/or diagnoses.

Webinar on PEM+ Development

With the summer beginning, we'd like to reflect on an achievement that summarized much of our work for the spring: our virtual webinar detailing the PEM+.

New Postdoc on Board

One of our major highlights in March was having Jessica Jarvis join CPERL Chicago!

New PEM Video

As we began to launch one of our projects, Early Intervention Outcomes Research using Innovative Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Measures, we decided to jazz things up and take on another creative angle. By putting…


Sometimes we go about our day-to-day work not fully realizing our imprint in the lives of our colleagues, particularly the youngest ones amongst us.

New project art marks

With the start of new projects kicking in, the CPERL team needed a new logo that would capture the importance of family dynamics, participation among children, and the use of technology.