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Carol Curtin MSW, PhD

InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentEunice Kennedy Shriver Center

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentPopulation Health Sciences

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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 
    MSW Boston University School of Social Work
    PHD Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UMass Chan Medical School

    Current Faculty Appointments

    Carol Curtin, PhD is a Professor in the UMass Chan Departments of Family Medicine & Community Health and Psychiatry at the Medical School, and a faculty member of the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Her primary affiliation is with the E.K. Shriver Center at UMass Chan. Dr. Curtin also maintains a faculty appointment  at the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University.

    Research and Professional Interests

    Dr. Curtin has over 40 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 private and federally-funded projects that have included epidemiological studies on the prevalence of obesity in disabled 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

    R21HD099435     (CURTIN, CAROL)Sep 10, 2019 - Aug 31, 2021
    A Pilot and Feasibility Study to Promote Physical and Food Literacy among Children with Intellectual Disabilities
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Curtin C, Bandini LG, Forquer M, Cullen P, Ranca?o KM, Must A, Schreck K, Bowling AB, Askenazy N, Wei X, Irish C, Stanish HI. A remotely-delivered pilot and feasibility program to promote physical and food literacy in adolescents with intellectual disabilities. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2024 May; 37(3):e13228. PMID: 38520166.
    2. Fleming RK, Eliasziw M, Dittrich GA, Curtin C, Maslin M, Must A, Bandini LG. Changes in Physical Activity Associated With a Multicomponent Weight-Loss Randomized Controlled Trial for Youth With Intellectual Disabilities. Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2024 Apr 01; 41(2):287-305. PMID: 37944510.
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    3. Must A, Curtin C, Bowling A, Broder-Fingert S, Bandini LG. Editorial: Weight-related behaviors and outcomes in children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Front Pediatr. 2023; 11:1295630. PMID: 37868271.
    4. Hatfield DP, Must A, Kennedy W, Staiano AE, Slavet J, Sabelli RA, Curtin C, Bandini LG, Nauta P, Stuetzle C, Bowling AB. GamerFit-ASD beta test: adapting an evidence-based exergaming and telehealth coaching intervention for autistic youth. Front Pediatr. 2023; 11:1198000. PMID: 37732006.
    5. Kennedy W, Curtin C, Bowling A. Access to physical activity promotion for people with neurological conditions: Are physical therapists leading the way? Disabil Health J. 2024 Jan; 17(1):101517. PMID: 37673784.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Must A, Eliasziw M, Stanish H, Curtin C, Bandini LG, Bowling A. Passive and social screen time in children with autism and in association with obesity. Front Pediatr. 2023; 11:1198033. PMID: 37492602.
    7. Must A, Eliasziw M, Bowling A, Maga?a S, Stanish H, Bandini L, Curtin C, Kral TVE. Relationship Between Childhood Obesity and Autism Spectrum Disorder Varies by Child's Age and Parents' Weight Status in a Sample of Sibling Dyads. Child Obes. 2023 07; 19(5):309-315. PMID: 35994016.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Herbert C, Curtin C, Epstein M, Wang B, Lapane K. Uptake of HPV Vaccine among young adults with disabilities, 2011 to 2018. Disabil Health J. 2022 10; 15(4):101341. PMID: 35659860.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    9. Bowling AB, Frazier JA, Staiano AE, Broder-Fingert S, Curtin C. Presenting a New Framework to Improve Engagement in Physical Activity Programs for Children and Adolescents With Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Disabilities. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:875181. PMID: 35599761.
    10. Must A, Bandini LG, Curtin C, Ranca?o KM, Eliasziw M, Tybor DJ, Stanish H. A Pilot Dance Intervention to Encourage Physical Activity Engagement for Adolescent Girls with Intellectual Disabilities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 04 12; 19(8). PMID: 35457537.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Eliasziw M, Kral TVE, Segal M, Sikich L, Phillips S, Tybor DJ, Bandini LG, Curtin C, Must A. Healthy-Weight Kindergarten Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder May?Become Overweight and Obese during the First Few Years of Elementary School. J Pediatr X. 2021; 7:100074. PMID: 37333885.
    12. Bandini LG, Curtin C, Phillips SM, Rogers GT, Eliasziw M, Perelli J, Jay L, Maslin M, Must A. Nutrient adequacy, dietary patterns and diet quality among children with and without intellectual disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2021 10; 65(10):898-911. PMID: 34342094.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Bandini LG, Eliasziw M, Dittrich GA, Curtin C, Maslin M, Must A, Boutelle KN, Fleming RK. A family-based weight loss randomized controlled trial for youth with intellectual disabilities. Pediatr Obes. 2021 11; 16(11):e12816. PMID: 34076370.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Ranca?o KM, Bandini LG, Curtin C, Eliasziw M, Odoms-Young A, Must A. Gender and racial/ethnic differences in food selectivity in children with intellectual disabilities. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2021 Nov; 34(6):1511-1520. PMID: 33998122.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Bowling AB, Slavet J, Hendrick C, Beyl R, Nauta P, Augustyn M, Mbamalu M, Curtin C, Bandini L, Must A, Staiano AE. The Adaptive GameSquad Xbox-Based Physical Activity and Health Coaching Intervention for Youth With Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Diagnoses: Pilot Feasibility Study. JMIR Form Res. 2021 May 14; 5(5):e24566. PMID: 33988508.
    16. Rosales R, Leon A, Serna RW, Maslin M, Arevalo A, Curtin C. A First Look at Applied Behavior Analysis Service Delivery to Latino American Families Raising a Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behav Anal Pract. 2021 Dec; 14(4):974-983. PMID: 34868810.
    17. Folta SC, Curtin C, Must A, Pehrson A, Ryan K, Bandini L. Impact of Selective Eating on Social Domains Among Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Aug; 50(8):2902-2912. PMID: 32034651.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Walls M, Curtin C, Phillips S, Eliasziw M, Jackel C, Must A, Bandini L, Broder-Fingert S. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians' Diagnosis and Coding of Overweight and Obesity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 05; 41(4):258-264. PMID: 32040046.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Curtin C, Hyman SL, Boas DD, Hassink S, Broder-Fingert S, Ptomey LT, Gillette MD, Fleming RK, Must A, Bandini LG. Weight Management in Primary Care for Children With Autism: Expert Recommendations. Pediatrics. 2020 04; 145(Suppl 1):S126-S139. PMID: 32238539.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Desroches ML, Sethares KA, Curtin C, Chung J. Nurses' attitudes and emotions toward caring for adults with intellectual disabilities: Results of a cross-sectional, correlational-predictive research study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2019 Nov; 32(6):1501-1513. PMID: 31318122.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Beccia AL, Baek J, Jesdale WM, Austin SB, Forrester S, Curtin C, Lapane KL. Risk of disordered eating at the intersection of gender and racial/ethnic identity among U.S. high school students. Eat Behav. 2019 08; 34:101299. PMID: 31153023.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. 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. 2019 Apr; 49(4):1493-1504. PMID: 30536218.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Stanish HI, Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin M, Bandini LG. Does physical activity differ between youth with and without intellectual disabilities? Disabil Health J. 2019 07; 12(3):503-508. PMID: 30914263.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. 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. 2019 02 01; 133:433-440. PMID: 30468805.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    25. 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. 2019 01; 12(1):126-130. PMID: 30352729.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. 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 02; 48(2):583-591. PMID: 29116421.
      Citations: 73     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. 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 Mar; 47(3):785-794. PMID: 28066867.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. 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. 2017 Feb; 47(2):439-446. PMID: 27866350.
      Citations: 55     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. 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. 2017 10; 117(10):1503-1508. PMID: 27815059.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. 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 02; 13(1):25-35. PMID: 27704874.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Bandini L. The healthy weight research network: a research agenda to promote healthy weight among youth with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Pediatr Obes. 2017 02; 12(1):e6-e9. PMID: 26916513.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. 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 07; 9(3):392-8. PMID: 26785808.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. 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.
      Citations: 61     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. 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.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. 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.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. 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.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Must A, Phillips S, Curtin C, Bandini LG. Barriers to Physical Activity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Relationship to Physical Activity and Screen Time. J Phys Act Health. 2015 Apr; 12(4):529-34. PMID: 25920014.
      Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. 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.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. 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.
    40. 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.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    41. 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.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    42. 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.
      Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    43. 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.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    
    44. Fleming RK, Curtin C, Gray CA, Hamad CD. Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent's Interactive Guide to ABA. Curr Issues Emerg Elearn. 2014 May; 1(1). PMID: 34355059.
    45. 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.
      Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. 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.
      Citations: 51     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Dyke ML, Cuffee YL, Halanych JH, McManus RH, Curtin C, Allison JJ. The relationship between coping styles in response to unfair treatment and understanding of diabetes self-care. Diabetes Educ. 2013 Nov-Dec; 39(6):848-55. PMID: 24096805.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. 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.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    49. Byrd HC, Curtin C, Anderson SE. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and obesity in US males and females, age 8-15 years: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2004. Pediatr Obes. 2013 Dec; 8(6):445-53. PMID: 23325553.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. 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.
      Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. 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.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. 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.
    53. Pagoto SL, Curtin C, Bandini LG, Anderson SE, Schneider KL, Bodenlos JS, Ma Y. Weight loss following a clinic-based weight loss program among adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms. Eat Weight Disord. 2010 Sep; 15(3):e166-72. PMID: 21150252.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. 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.
      Citations: 168     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. 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.
      Citations: 85     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. 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.
      Citations: 192     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    57. 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.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    58. 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 01; 4(3):287-296. PMID: 20354592.
    59. 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.
      Citations: 46     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    60. 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.
      Citations: 59     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    61. 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.
      Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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