CHARGE lab
​Children with CHARGE syndrome frequently engage in behavior that is challenging to those who work or live with them. The behavior is often described as obsessive compulsive, autistic-like, and stereotypical. The function of the lab is to investigate the genetic, biological, environmental and individual factors that may be implicated in the etiology of these behaviors, with the aim of better describing the behavior and developing appropriate strategies for intervention and prevention.
 
Projects currently under various stages of development include the following: the experience of siblings and fathers, communication systems being utilized and how they are chosen, decision making around the removal of gastrostomy feeding tubes, the prevalence of headaches, the development of play, and the use of an adapted version of Tai Chi as an intervention for children with CHARGE. An overarching focus of investigation is problems with self-regulation leading to behavioral challenges.
 
We welcome undergraduate and (potential) graduate students with an interest in our work to apply to assist in the lab​.
 
Please select options on this page to learn more about our group's research, members, publications and teaching.  Please also visit DB Central and the Joanna M. Russ Memorial
 
Thank you for taking interest in our lab! 
 
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CHARGE Lab faculty & students
 
Front Row, left to right: Kirsten Hissong, Tim Hartshorne, Ben Kennert, Tate Jenkins
Second Row, left to right: Rachel Malta, Shantell Johnson, Maria Ramirez, Megan Schmittel
  

 


   

Announcements

New additions to the CHARGE Lab team are Megan Schmittel, A Ph.D. student in CMU's School Psychology program and Rachel Malta, a Specialist Student in CMU's School Psychology program.

In October 2013, Maria Ramirez successfully defended her thesis which involved CHARGE individuals and caregivers utilizing Fun-Chi videos for relaxation and potential benefits in various other areas. 

The CHARGE lab was well represented at the 11th International CHARGE Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in July.
 
Presentations:
 

Hartshorne, T. S., Brown, D., Ramirez, M. A. (2013). Self-regulation in CHARGE.  Presented at the 3rd International CHARGE Syndrome Professional Day, Scottsdale, AZ.

Hartshorne, T. S. (2013).  Behavior as self-regulatory adaptation.  Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Hartshorne, T. S. (2013). Resilient Parenting.  Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Hartshorne, T. S., Bieri, A., Davis, R., Dziesinski, H. L. (2013). The power of Jacob. Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Haney, S., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013). Behavioral self-regulation in CHARGE. Presentedat 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Jenkins, O. T., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013). Headaches in CHARGE. Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Johnson, S., Hartshorne, T. S., & Hissong, K. (2013).  Fathers in CHARGE syndrome: Work and friendships. Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Kennert, B., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013). Cognitive self-regulation in CHARGE syndrome.  Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Kennert, B., Ramirez, M. A., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013).  Self-regulation of emotion in CHARGE syndrome. Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Larson, A., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013). Physiological self-regulation in CHARGE. Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Mork, S., Ramirez, M. A., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013). Micro-enterprises – Building on strengths and promoting self-sufficiency: Factors to consider. Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Ramirrez, M. A., & Hartshorne, T. S. (2013).  Models of coneptualizinag self-regulation in CHARGE syndrome.  Presented at 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

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