Student helping children with learning disabilities
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 4, 2014) — Jamon Pulliam, a senior psychology major, is spending his summer helping developmentally challenged teens. He is working at the University of Notre Dame’s Laboratory For Understanding Neurodevelopment or F.U.N. Lab. This group of researchers, clinicians, and students work to learn more about neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyslexia.
Pulliam is a summer intern who will be working as a social skills coach. He will conduct a research study with autistic children. He will also shadow professional clinicians. Pulliam will be with the program until early August. Before he leaves, he will present a research poster about his work before Notre Dame faculty and professionals.
Dr. Joshua Diehl is the William J. Shaw Endowed Chair and assistant professor of psychology at Notre Dame. He said the program is fortunate to have Pulliam.
“He’s fantastic,” Diehl said. “He’s intelligent. He has intuitive clinician skills and a magnetic personality.”
Pulliam is also the first student from Tuskegee to be named president for the National Pre-Alumni Council. He was recently featured in F.U.N. Lab’s newsletter. He said he wanted to work with the program to gain a unique and personal experience that would support his career goals.
In the feature, he said: “For the past two summers I had the unique opportunity to work as a camp counselor. It was in those moments that I discovered I had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Moreover, my chosen field of study is the appropriate path for my future as a clinical psychologist. Lastly, I am hoping to be a better version of myself as I help assist kids have an amazing summer experience!”
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