Crais named Interim Director, Office of Research, Allied Health Sciences

The Department of Allied Health Sciences has named Elizabeth Crais, PhD, the interim director of the Office of Research, which leads research across seven disciplines in the health care spectrum. Crais, a professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and coordinator of PhD studies for the division, began this role in early February 2018.

Crais named Interim Director, Office of Research, Allied Health Sciences click to enlarge Elizabeth Crais, PhD

The Department of Allied Health Sciences has named Elizabeth Crais, PhD, the interim director of the Office of Research, which leads research across seven disciplines in the health care spectrum. Crais, a professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and coordinator of PhD studies for the division, began this role in early February 2018. 

She joined the faculty in 1986 as a visiting assistant professor before assuming full-time duties in 1987. Crais has more than 40 years of experience in working with children and youth with disabilities; her research interests include early identification and intervention in autism spectrum disorder, personnel preparation, and translational and community engaged research. 

“I am delighted to serve in this role given the importance of research activities to our faculty, students, Department, Medical School, UNC campus, and state. I hope to continue the fine tradition of the department in reaching out to develop research collaborations across campus and beyond,” Crais said. 

She has served as principal investigator or investigator on several grants, including four from the Institute of Education Sciences and one from the nonprofit Autism Speaks. Finally, Crais has worked on several U.S. Department of Education-funded personnel preparation projects supporting both MS and PhD students.

Stephen Hooper, PhD, and associate dean and chair of the DAHS, said he knows Crais will serve the department to the best of her abilities. He noted, "Dr. Crais is a superb scientific investigator who has significant experiences with multiple federal funding agencies as well as private foundations. She also maintains the broad-minded vision and management skills to serve in this role. I am excited about her acceptance of this important role in our department, and look forward to working with her in that regard. We are fortunate to have to have this type of high-caliber talent within our faculty ranks."

About the OOR: The DAHS Office of Research generates knowledge, prepares scientists, and builds evidence-based interventions for health, well-being and social participation.

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