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Carol Curtin MSW, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
465 Medford Street, Suite 500
Charlestown MA 02129
Phone774-455-6527
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    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DepartmentPsychiatry


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    Trinity College, Hartford, CT, United StatesBAPsychology & Sociology
    Boston University, Boston, MA, United StatesMSWCasework & Groupwork
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesPHDClinical/Population Health Sci

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    Academic Background

    BA Trinity College, Hartford, CT 1980
    MSW Boston University School of Social Work, 1982
    PHD Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2015

     

    Current Faculty Appointments

    Carol Curtin, MSW, LICSW

    Carol Curtin, PhD serves as the Associate Director of the UMMS Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in addition to her roles as Director of the Shriver Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs. She is also Co-Director of the MCHB-funded Healthy Weight Research Network. She maintains faculty appointments in the UMMS Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the Medical School, the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University.

    Research and Professional Interests

    Dr. Curtin has over 35 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities/psychiatric disorders and their families in a variety of settings and using a variety of clinical modalities. She has extensive management and leadership experience, having directed programs in clinical, academic, and research settings. Her research is focused on health promotion with an emphasis on identifying unique modifiable risk factors for obesity in populations of children and adults with disabilities and devising targeted and tailored interventions to meet their needs. She has served as a PI or Co-Investigator on several private and federally-funded projects that have included epidemiological studies on the prevalence of obesity in special populations, weight loss and physical activity interventions for adolescents with ID and autism, and observational studies on physical activity, dietary patterns, and/or obesity in children with a varied developmental disabilities.




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    1 UA3MC25735     (Linda Bandini)Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2021
    Maternal Child Health Bureau
    Healthy Weight Research Network for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities
    Role: Co-Director

    T73MC00056     (Carol Curtin)Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2021
    Maternal Child Health Bureau
    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program
    Role: Director/Principal Investigator

    90-DD-0675     (Carol Curtin)Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Administration on Community Living/Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
    Role: Director/Principal Investigator

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    Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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    1. Iannuzzi D, Rissmiller P, Duty SM, Feeney S, Sullivan M, Curtin C. Addressing a Gap in Healthcare Access for Transition-Age Youth with Autism: A Pilot Educational Intervention for Family Nurse Practitioner Students. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Dec 08. PMID: 30536218.
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    2. Bandini LG, Curtin C, Eliasziw M, Phillips S, Jay L, Maslin M, Must A. Food selectivity in a diverse sample of young children with and without intellectual disabilities. Appetite. 2018 Nov 20. PMID: 30468805.
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    3. Tybor DJ, Eliasziw M, Kral TVE, Segal M, Sherwood NE, Sikich L, Stanish H, Bandini L, Curtin C, Must A. Parental concern regarding obesity in children with autism spectrum disorder in the United States: National Survey of Children's Health 2016. Disabil Health J. 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30352729.
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    4. Chistol LT, Bandini LG, Must A, Phillips S, Cermak SA, Curtin C. Sensory Sensitivity and Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Feb; 48(2):583-591. PMID: 29116421.
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    5. Stanish HI, Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin M, Bandini LG. Physical Activity Levels, Frequency, and Type Among Adolescents with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Jan 09. PMID: 28066867.
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    6. Bandini LG, Curtin C, Phillips S, Anderson SE, Maslin M, Must A. Changes in Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Nov 19. PMID: 27866350.
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    7. Weems M, Truex L, Scampini R, Fleming R, Curtin C, Bandini L. A Novel Weight-Loss Tool Designed for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Nov 2. PMID: 27815059.
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    8. Must A, Eliasziw M, Phillips SM, Curtin C, Kral TV, Segal M, Sherwood NE, Sikich L, Stanish HI, Bandini LG. The Effect of Age on the Prevalence of Obesity among US Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Obes. 2017 Feb; 13(1):25-35. PMID: 27704874.
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    9. Segal M, Eliasziw M, Phillips S, Bandini L, Curtin C, Kral TV, Sherwood NE, Sikich L, Stanish H, Must A. Intellectual disability is associated with increased risk for obesity in a nationally representative sample of U.S. children. Disabil Health J. 2016 Jul; 9(3):392-8. PMID: 26785808.
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    10. Curtin C, Hubbard K, Anderson SE, Mick E, Must A, Bandini LG. Food selectivity, mealtime behavior problems, spousal stress, and family food choices in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Oct; 45(10):3308-15. PMID: 26070276.
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    11. Stanish H, Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin M, Bandini L. Enjoyment, Barriers, and Beliefs About Physical Activity in Adolescents With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2015 Oct; 32(4):302-17. PMID: 26485735.
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    12. Curtin C, Bandini LG, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin MC, Lo C, Gleason JM, Fleming RK, Stanish HI. Including Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Health Promotion Research: Development and Reliability of a Structured Interview to Assess the Correlates of Physical Activity among Youth. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2016 Jul; 29(4):378-86. PMID: 26171946.
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    13. Curtin C, Humphrey K, Vronsky K, Mattern K, Nicastro S, Perrin EC. Expanding Horizons: A Pilot Mentoring Program Linking College/Graduate Students and Teens With ASD. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Feb; 55(2):150-6. PMID: 26016838.
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    14. Stanish HI, Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin M, Bandini LG. Physical Activity Enjoyment, Perceived Barriers, and Beliefs Among Adolescents With and Without Intellectual Disabilities. J Phys Act Health. 2016 Jan; 13(1):102-10. PMID: 25830443.
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    15. Serna RW, Lobo HE, Fleming CK, Fleming RK, Curtin C, Foran MM, Hamad CD. Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Preparation for Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Spec Educ Technol. 2015 Mar; 30(1):1-12. PMID: 27019544.
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    16. Wolf-Fordham S, Curtin C, Maslin M, Bandini L, Hamad CD. Emergency preparedness of families of children with developmental disabilities: what public health and safety emergency planners need to know. J Emerg Manag. 2015 Jan-Feb; 13(1):7-18. PMID: 25779895.
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    17. Wolf-Fordham S, Curtin C, Maslin M, Bandini L, Hamad CD. Emergency preparedness of families of children with developmental disabilities: what public health and safety emergency planners need to know. Am J Disaster Med. 2015; 10(1):23-34. PMID: 26102042.
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    18. Hubbard KL, Anderson SE, Curtin C, Must A, Bandini LG. A comparison of food refusal related to characteristics of food in children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Dec; 114(12):1981-7. PMID: 24928779.
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    19. Must A, Curtin C, Hubbard K, Sikich L, Bedford J, Bandini L. Obesity Prevention for Children with Developmental Disabilities. Curr Obes Rep. 2014 Jun; 3(2):156-70. PMID: 25530916.
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    20. Curtin C, Jojic M, Bandini LG. Obesity in children with autism spectrum disorder. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2014 Mar-Apr; 22(2):93-103. PMID: 24614764.
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    21. Must A, Phillips SM, Curtin C, Anderson SE, Maslin M, Lividini K, Bandini LG. Comparison of sedentary behaviors between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Autism. 2014 May; 18(4):376-84. PMID: 24113339.
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    22. Curtin C, Bandini LG, Must A, Gleason J, Lividini K, Phillips S, Eliasziw M, Maslin M, Fleming RK. Parent support improves weight loss in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome. J Pediatr. 2013 Nov; 163(5):1402-8.e1. PMID: 23968742.
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    23. Bandini LG, Gleason J, Curtin C, Lividini K, Anderson SE, Cermak SA, Maslin M, Must A. Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Autism. 2013 Jan; 17(1):44-54. PMID: 22807562.
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    24. Anderson SE, Must A, Curtin C, Bandini LG. Meals in Our Household: reliability and initial validation of a questionnaire to assess child mealtime behaviors and family mealtime environments. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Feb; 112(2):276-84. PMID: 22741169.
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    25. Evans EW, Must A, Anderson SE, Curtin C, Scampini R, Maslin M, Bandini L. Dietary Patterns and Body Mass Index in Children with Autism and Typically Developing Children. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2012; 6(1):399-405. PMID: 22936951.
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    26. Bandini LG, Anderson SE, Curtin C, Cermak S, Evans EW, Scampini R, Maslin M, Must A. Food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. J Pediatr. 2010 Aug; 157(2):259-64. PMID: 20362301.
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    27. Curtin C, Anderson SE, Must A, Bandini L. The prevalence of obesity in children with autism: a secondary data analysis using nationally representative data from the National Survey of Children's Health. BMC Pediatr. 2010 Feb 23; 10:11. PMID: 20178579.
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    28. Cermak SA, Curtin C, Bandini LG. Food selectivity and sensory sensitivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Feb; 110(2):238-46. PMID: 20102851.
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    29. Pagoto SL, Curtin C, Lemon SC, Bandini LG, Schneider KL, Bodenlos JS, Ma Y. Association between adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and obesity in the US population. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Mar; 17(3):539-44. PMID: 19131944.
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    30. Fleming RK, Stokes EA, Curtin C, Bandini LG, Gleason J, Scampini R, Maslin MC, Hamad C. Behavioral Health in Developmental Disabilities: A Comprehensive Program of Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Reduction. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2008 Jan 1; 4(3):287-296. PMID: 20354592.
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    31. Pagoto S, Bodenlos JS, Kantor L, Gitkind M, Curtin C, Ma Y. Association of major depression and binge eating disorder with weight loss in a clinical setting. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Nov; 15(11):2557-9. PMID: 18070746.
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    32. Curtin C, Bandini LG, Perrin EC, Tybor DJ, Must A. Prevalence of overweight in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders: a chart review. BMC Pediatr. 2005 Dec 21; 5:48. PMID: 16371155.
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    33. Bandini LG, Curtin C, Hamad C, Tybor DJ, Must A. Prevalence of overweight in children with developmental disorders in the continuous national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES) 1999-2002. J Pediatr. 2005 Jun; 146(6):738-43. PMID: 15973309.
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