"I applied to the Scholars program to expand my learning opportunities and to experience research first hand. My goal this year in the Scholars program is to learn about the research process more, expand my learning on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and get experience presenting my project to an audience."
Duchenne Muscualr Dystrophy.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Health Science Student Organization
Various settings with Occupational Therapists and Campy Boggy Creek.
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, listening to worship music, exercising, beach, and cooking.
Importance of Participation Measures in Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
We hypothesize that clinical assessments that focus on timed functional activities (e.g., walking up 4 stairs, walking 30 meters, and standing up from the floor) do not solely predict levels or changes in participation in real life activities in boys with DMD, and that participation is the result of a complex interaction of factors. Aim 1: Evaluate disease progression in boys with DMD using a longitudinal study design for measures of functional ability and participation. The goal of this longitudinal study is to assess measures of function (i.e., time functional tests) and physical, recreational and social participation in boys with DMD aged 5-17 at yearly intervals. Changes in qualitative and quantitative measures of disease progression in boys with DMD will be compared with the measures assessed in unaffected (healthy) boys. This aim is designed to evaluate the progressive involvement of DMD throughout the early to late to non-ambulatory stages. Aim 2: Determine the relationships between clinical measures of functional ability and participation in boys with DMD compared to healthy age-matched boys. For this aim we will determine the associations between measures of participation in physical, recreational and social activities with clinical assessments which focus on timed functional tests.