April 29, 2022
UW-Madison graduate student Brittany St. John was awarded a Fulbright Future Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.
St. John is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Education, focusing on occupational science.
The scholarship, which is funded by the Kinghorn Foundation, will support the work of St. John’s in partnership with the Olga Tennison Autism Research Center in Victoria, Australia, to deliver the Engaged Eaters program, an effective dietary intervention for children with autism and their families that can be delivered via telehealth.
Feeding problems are common in children with autism and increase the risk of adverse medical and developmental outcomes.
A team led by Karla Ausderau, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, developed the Engaged Eaters program at UW-Madison, and St. John was involved in the development and initial pilot of the program. St. John is currently overseeing an additional pilot study focused on adapting the program for telehealth delivery.
St. John will undertake his work in Australia from January to October 2023.