Brianna Gambetti

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Title/Department: MS/PhD Student, Human Development and Family Studies

Email: gambetti@wisc.edu 

Biography

My research interests include investigating methods for improving quality of life for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). I am currently exploring associations between parent couple conflict and internalizing and externalizing mental health problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My past research looked at how lifestyle factors such as sleep quality may influence the development of dementia in adults with Down syndrome, and I presented this work at the 2019 Gatlinburg Research Conference for IDD.

While earning my undergraduate degree, I interned and later worked for Marcfirst, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). I worked in the areas of customized employment and transition, providing systematic instruction to individuals placed in employment positions, and co-leading a summer school-to-work program for teenagers with IDD. I also was a regular volunteer at Friendsfirst, a social group for people with IDD, sponsored by Marcfirst. Future career goals and interests include community outreach through nonprofit work and scholarly research.

Education and Relevant Experience

Brianna received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2017 from Illinois Wesleyan University. While earning her undergraduate degree, Brianna interned and later worked for Marcfirst, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with IDD. She worked in the areas of customized employment and transition, providing systematic instruction to individuals placed in employment positions, and co-leading a summer school-to-work program for teenagers with IDD. Brianna also was a regular volunteer at Friendsfirst, a social group for people with IDD, sponsored by Marcfirst.