News and Events



NEW!  Dr. Miller is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Autism & Developmental Disorders team:  Please click the link to see job description and application instructions, and visit after November 20, 2018 to submit application documents.

Changes to HMP Lab Staff (October, 2018):  This fall, we bid a fond farewell to lab members Gabriela Sherrod, Lauren Heitkamp, and Srikala Appana, and in their place we are excited to welcome new members Lizzy Walsh and Megan Bhatti!

New publication in Gait & Posture (October, 2018):  Drs. Miller, Patterson, and Bugnariu recently co-authored a paper in the journal Gait & Posture along with collaborator Dr. Priscila Caçola of the UT Arlington Developmental Motor Cognition lab.  Check it out here:

Congratulations to Dr. Haylie Miller on receiving the competitive NIH Loan Repayment Award! (August, 2018)

Autism & Developmental Disorders Research featured on NBC 5 News (August 15, 2018):

ADDR students receive awards at recent local conferences (May 2018):  Karolina Kata (TCOM 2019) and Ivonne Peña-Alejo (SRIP visiting undergraduate intern) were honored for their work on the Autism & Developmental Disorders Research Team, which they presented as posters this spring. Congratulations ladies!

Dr. Haylie Miller receives Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant (February, 2018):

The Autism & Developmental Disorders Research Team will embark on a new outreach effort to understand the experiences of Hispanic families affected by autism. The project will include focus groups in the community, a survey to find out what services families use in DFW, and assessment of motor skills in Hispanic children with ASD.

First meeting for UNTHSC’s new Autism Education & Advocacy Group (January 29, 2018): The Autism & Developmental Disorders Team is excited to announce the beginning of a monthly support group meant to foster open dialogue about autism among families, individuals with ASD, researchers, professionals, and anyone else interested in learning more about autism. Currently, this group is open to members of the UNTHSC community (faculty, staff, students) and their families.  Click here to read our invitation letter, and please fill out our brief interest survey

Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition Winter Event (January 11, 2018): Dr. Miller gave a great talk at the FWLSC winter event, themed “Virtual Reality in the Life Sciences.” Thanks to the coalition for inviting us to talk!



South Tarrant Making Connections Disability Resource Fair (November 4, 2017): The IDD Council of Tarrant County partnered with Crowley and Everman Independent School Districts to host a disability resource fair. It was a great opportunity to meet other resource providers in the area dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with IDD!

Dr. Miller presents at the November IDD Council Meeting (November 2, 2017): Dr. Miller gave a fantastic talk about current topics in Autism research and their impact on Tarrant County during the November IDD Council meeting, hosted at UNTHSC. Click here if you’re interested in the presentation! The IDD Council hosts meetings every month for community partners, families, and stakeholders in the community that are free to attend!

Autism Speaks Walk in Fort Worth (October 28, 2017): Autism Speaks holds walks every year across the nation to fundraise and raise awareness about Autism, but for the first time this year, AS held a walk right here in our Fort Worth community! We loved meeting all the families present and supporting their journeys. Thanks to Maria Krystofik for organizing this year’s event, we’re excited to have a walk so close to home for years to come! Click here to learn more about the event.

Child Study Center Puzzle Scuttle (October 14, 2017): The Autism and Developmental Disorders Research team attended the Child Study Center’s 9th annual Puzzle Scuttle, held at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, to distribute information about our lab’s studies and share resources with families present at the event. The team partnered with UNTHSC’s Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) volunteers to provide a fun obstacle course for kids to run, roll, skip, kick, and jump.

UNTHSC hosts Autism Speaks for its Autism Research Series (October 4, 2017): Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Thomas Frazier, Chief Science Officer, and Marianne Sullivan, Director of Community Outreach held a free community science event hosted at UNTHSC. Prior to the event, they toured our lab and learned about the innovative autism research by our own Dr. Miller. To read more about the event, click here.

Future Horizons Conference on Autism (May 25, 2017):  Dr. Miller and the Autism and Developmental Disorders Research team attended the Future Horizons Conference on Autism in Fort Worth, TX.  They had the privilege of hearing Dr. Temple Grandin’s keynote, and presentations from other experts in the field.

International Meeting for Autism Research (May 10-14, 2017):  Dr. Miller gave an oral presentation at IMFAR 2017 in San Francisco, CA entitled “Visuomotor integration: a potential biomarker of Autism Spectrum Disorder in lab and community-based settings”.  Many thanks to the co-authors involved in this project – Priscila Caçola, Ph.D., Gabriela Sherrod, B.S., and Nicoleta Bugnariu, PT, Ph.D.!

Science on Tap (April 1, 2017):  Dr. Miller, alongside fellow HMP lab PI Dr. Patterson, presented invited talks on autism and balance in aging, respectively, at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Science on Tap event.

Distinguished Guest Lecture from Dr. Eric Courchsene (March 1, 2017):   Dr. Miller joined UNT Denton faculty from the College of Special Education in welcoming Dr. Eric Courchesne for a distinguished guest lecture on the incredible program of work he and Dr. Karen Pierce have done in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Courchesne’s expertise and hear new and exciting perspectives on brain function in ASD. Many thanks to Dr. Miriam Boesch and Dr. Smita Mehta for organizing this experience!

NIH Clinical Translational Research Pilot Awards: Drs. Miller, Papa, and Yavuz received pilot funding awarded by the Center for Translational Medicine’s Clinical Scholars Program at UT Southwestern Medical School. This award is sponsored the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). (

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