Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, is one of several experts who will lead Oregon Humanities' Talking About Dying Series starting in September 2015.
Dr. Petra Kern, music therapy faculty, contributed a chapter to Frontiers in Autism Research, published in July 2014.
According to the publisher, World Scientific Publishing Company:
This book focuses on the emerging and expanding areas of research on autism spectrum disorder and their potential to lead to better diagnosis and more effective therapies. These areas include innovative and integrative approaches to genetic/genomic analyses and investigations of epigenetic contributions, including the role of noncoding RNAs, DNA methylation, alternative splicing, RNA editing, and faulty translation in gene regulation and expression, metabolic and immune dysfunction, co-morbidities, as well as hormonal and gene-environment interactions that may increase risk for ASD.
Within each chapter, experts review cutting-edge research as well as provide their perspective on the future of research in their respective areas, including the challenges involved and the types of studies or advances that are necessary to move the field forward to achieve predicted translational goals.
Dr. Kern's chapter focused on music therapy as a personalized treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Petra Kern is a faculty member in the music therapy program at Marylhurst University. Her clinical and research focus is on young children with autism spectrum disorder, inclusion, and teacher and parent training.