Featured Profile: Micah Mazurek
University of Missouri investigator Dr. Micah Mazurek’s research is helping guide treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Mazurek’s research focuses on improving outcomes for those with ASD and their families. Over the past several years, she has developed and tested new tools to measure treatment outcomes in children with ASD. Such tools are vital for both clinical practice and clinical research. Mazurek’s work in this area has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies to meet this important need.
Mazurek also studies the health and well-being of children ASD and has found that sleep problems, anxiety, aggression and gastrointestinal problems are very common. Her research has revealed that these problems may share common underlying causes. Her current work focuses on developing and testing new tools and treatments to address these difficulties.
Mazurek’s research has also found that many children and adults with ASD are drawn to computers and video games. She also discovered that children with ASD are at high risk for video game addiction and that excessive video game use is linked to sleep and behavioral problems. As such, she is interested in exploring potential benefits of technology while reducing negative effects. Her work suggests that parents and clinicians should carefully monitor video game usage among children with ASD.
Dr. Micah Mazurek is an associate professor in the School of Health Professions and a clinical child psychologist at MU’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
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