Nov 14 2016

LALS Brown Bag with Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSw

November 14, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Padres in Acción: A parent training program for Latina mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services.  Dr. Magaña will discuss the development of a culturally based approach to addressing informational needs of Latino parents which is essential to better support their children with ASD. She will present preliminary findings of a randomized controlled trial underway. 

Sandra Magaña, PhD, MSW, is Professor of Disability and Human Development and an Affiliate in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UIC.  She has been a leader in investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and among their family caregivers.  Building on this research, Dr. Magaña has developed culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities, bringing the Promotora de Salud (community health worker) model to the disability world.  She is in the process of leading a large two-site randomized trial of an intervention that seeks to empower Latino parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also director of the newly established Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC).



Date posted

Aug 13, 2018

Date updated

Aug 13, 2018