Child and Adolescent Development

Nancy Miodrag

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Assistant Professor, PhD
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Phone:
818-677-4359
Office location:
SQ 280-D

Biography

Dr. Miodrag is an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. Her research interests include psychological stress, health, and well-being in mothers and their children with various intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also interested in the psycho-educational techniques used to intervene to reduce stressors and promote adaptive coping in these families.

Prior to joining the faculty at CSUN, Dr. Miodrag was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University studying stress, health, and well-being among families of children with rare genetic syndromes including Prader-Willi syndrome and Williams syndrome.

Education

Ph.D., McGill University, 2010


Selected Publications

Miodrag, N., Silverberg, S., Urbano, R. C., & Hodapp, R. M. (2012). Deaths among children, adolescents, and young adults with Down syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Watson, S. L., Richards, D., Miodrag, N., & Fedoroff, P. (2012). Sexual genes Part 1: Sexuality and Down, Williams, and Praeder-Willi Syndromes. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50(2), 155-168.

Miodrag, N., & Hodapp, R. M. (2011).Chronic stress and its implications on health among families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol 41, 127-162.

 

Honors and Awards

2012    Interdisciplinary Training Conference in Developmental Disabilities Travel Award, Vanderbilt University

2010    Theodore Tjossem Postdoctoral Travel Award, Vanderbilt University

2008    Student Research Award – Social Policy and Research Centre, McGill University

2008    Principal’s Graduate Fellowship, McGill University

2008    EGSS Doctoral Award for Professional Leadership & Research Excellence, McGill University 

2006    Graduate Studies Fellowship, McGill University 

2002    Andrew Murphy Award in Special Education, Concordia University

 

Professional Memberships

Society for Research on Child Development

APA Division 33: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

National Association for Dual Diagnosis (NADD)

 

Selected Publications

Miodrag, N., Silverberg, S., Urbano, R. C., & Hodapp, R. M. (2012). Deaths among children, adolescents, and young adults with Down syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Watson, S. L., Richards, D., Miodrag, N., & Fedoroff, P. (2012). Sexual genes Part 1: Sexuality and Down, Williams, and Praeder-Willi Syndromes. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50(2), 155-168.

Miodrag, N., & Hodapp, R. M. (2011).Chronic stress and its implications on health among families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol 41, 127-162.

Miodrag, N., & Hodapp, R. M. (2010).Chronic stress and health among parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 23, 407-411.

Hodapp, R. M., Miodrag, N., Goldman, S. E., & Urbano, R. C. (2010). Health outcomes of infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 39, 37-66.

  

Selected Presentations

Miodrag, N., & Dykens, E. M. (2012, July). MBSR: Mental health outcomes for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and other I/DD conditions.Symposium accepted for presentation at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Halifax, Canada.

Miodrag, N. (2012, March). Examining health issues among persons with Down syndrome. Symposium presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Annapolis, MD.

Miodrag, N., & Dykens, E. M. (2012, March). Mindfulness-based stress reduction: Introducing zen to intellectual and developmental disabilities. Symposium presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Annapolis, MD.

Miodrag., N., Ulman, F., Kulbaba, G., Shivers, C., & Dykens, E. M. (2011, April). “No broccoli, more cake!": Verbalizations and psychological states in mothers of children With Prader-Willi syndrome. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, QC.

Miodrag, N., Dankner, N., & Dykens, E. (2011, March). Comparing mothers of children with Williams syndrome to other disability groups. Symposium presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.

Miodrag, N., Urbano, R., & Hodapp, R. M. (2011, March). Comparison of hospitalization in mothers of children with Down syndrome, spina bifida, and from the Tennessee population. Symposium presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.

Urbano, R., Miodrag, N., & Hodapp, R. M. (2010, October). Health issues for children with Down syndrome.  Paper presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities – European conference, Rome, Italy.