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Justine J. Sheppard Dysphagia in IDD Award

Justine J. Sheppard Dysphagia in IDD Award

Dr. Justine Joan Sheppard was an internationally renowned clinician, academic, and clinical researcher who devoted her life to working with and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability and cerebral palsy. Dr. Sheppard spent decades serving and conducting clinical research on this significantly underserved population and developed several tools to help in the early diagnosis and management of dysphagia in these patients.

This award honors her career and memory by seeking applications from investigators (at all levels) who are conducting clinical research to further enhance our understanding of dysphagia in individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) across the age span. The aim of this award is to encourage more research in the area of IDD and dysphagia. Dr. Sheppard’s family and several DRS members sponsor this award.

The award winner will receive $1,000 and is selected by committee from among applicants meeting the following criteria.



  • The applicant must be the presenter AND first author on the abstract submission (oral or poster format) presented at the upcoming DRS Annual Meeting.
  • The applicant must submit a current curriculum vitae.
  • The applicant must submit a one-page single spaced description of how their submission enhances knowledge and/or clinical practice for dysphagia in this population. Examples of IDDs include cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, sensory deficits, and more
    •  For a more detailed description of IDDs see the NICHD website.
  • Training members (e.g., student, post-doc, fellows) must provide an official letter from their department verifying fulltime enrollment and good standing status in their program. (This ensures minimal verification burden from DRS).
  • Applicants must have an abstract officially accepted to the DRS Annual Meeting. If an applicant has more than one accepted abstract, the applicant must choose one specific abstract to use for this award application.

The Justine J. Sheppard Dysphagia in IDD Award application has now closed. Please contact the DRS office at (not .com) if you have any additional questions. 

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