Research

The Arctic FASD Regional Training Center is funded to provide training and outreach to medical and allied health care providers, and students in medical and allied health care programs. As such, we do not conduct specific research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alaska. Instead, we work to disseminate the CDC's FASD Competency-Based Curriculum, as well as gather, compile, and provide avenues to access peer-reviewed research and evidence-based practices.

The UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services, the home of the Arctic FASD RTC, has conducted evaluation of various FASD-related projects. Some of these can be found on the CBHRS website.

Needs Assessment

However during its first year, the Arctic FASD Regional Training Center conducted two FASD education needs assessments, which assisted us in developing tailored training materials. In both needs assessments the questions were based around the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s seven core FASD competencies

The results of these two needs assessments were published in the following journals:

Brems, C., Boschma-Wynn, R.V., Dewane, S.L., Edwards, A., & Robinson, R.V. (2011) Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Educational Needs in Academia. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education 55:15-37.

Brems, C., Boschma-Wynn, R.V., Dewane, S.L., Edwards, A., & Robinson, R.V.(2010) Training Needs of Healthcare Providers Related to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Core Competencies for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology 17(3):e405-e415. (Open access article - available for download as a PDF.)

Evaluation

The Arctic FASD RTC also evaluates all of its activities. Some of the results of this evaluation can be found below.

Edwards, A.E., Porter, R.R., Hanson, B.L., Johnson, M.E., Mongeau, V., and Brems, C. (2012) Educating Health and Allied Health Care Providers in Alaska: The Arctic FASD Regional Training Center 2008-2011. Poster presented at the Fifth Biennial Conference on FASDs: It's A Matter of Justice, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 18-21, 2012.