The CIDD is a comprehensive program for services, research, and training relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The CIDD provides a continuum of clinical services from complex, interdisciplinary evaluations on site to more limited and selected clinical services and training in all 100 counties in North Carolina. The Institute brings together state-of-the-art basic and applied research, clinical practice and training to ensure the best possible care for citizens of North Carolina.
Dr. Pretzel is a psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She is the Associate Director of the federally-funded CIDD University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Director of CIDD Clinical Services, and Psychology Section Head. She participates on a variety of research and training grants and supervises numerous graduate students and junior faculty.
Through her longstanding experience working with many N.C. service agencies (e.g., the Department of Public Instruction, Early Intervention Branch and Division of MH/DD/SAS), she has played an important role in raising the level of care for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the state.
Dr. Pretzel currently serves as Act Early Ambassador in North Carolina, a program directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to improve early identification of young children with or at risk for developmental delays.
CIDD Director, Joe Piven, MD, noted that “we are extremely fortunate to have such an experienced and capable person to take on this important role at the CIDD." Dr. Pretzel replaces Dr. Stephen Hooper, who was recently appointed Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences of the UNC School of Medicine.