Home > Research > Davenport Fellowship

Davenport Fellowship

Sandra Davenport CHARGE Syndrome Fellows Program

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is committed to nurturing and educating professionals who have shown a commitment to CHARGE syndrome. The Davenport Fellowship program brings professionals (clinical, research, therapeutic, educational) early in their careers to the International CHARGE Syndrome Conferences, where they have the opportunity to learn more about CHARGE, interact with one another and get to know individuals with CHARGE and their families.

The program is named in honor of Sandra Davenport, MD, a medical geneticist with expertise in sensory deficits who was a founding member of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. Sandra set the tone for conferences from the beginning – making sure medical and educational professionals interact with one another and ensuring that the conference is a family-friendly place. Her expertise in sensory deficits and deafblindness influenced a generation of CHARGE professionals.

The next application period will be prior to the 2023 Conference.

green-line

2019 Davenport Fellows

Megan Anderson, PhD candidate in School Psychology at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Rebecca Darden-Perry, PhD candidate in Special Education at North Central University, Scottsdale, AZ

Dieuwerke Dijk, MD, specializing in working with children with intellectual disabilities, Netherlands

Sara Espanet, Special Education Teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Rilla Hammett, graduate student in the Server Special Education program at Lesley University, Boston, MA

Laura Kreuger, MD/PhD student at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Julia Morrison, medical student at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ira Padhye, PhD candidate in Special Education and Disability Policy at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Brianna Ralston, PhD candidate in Audiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Elaine Ritter, PhD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Megan Schmittel, School Psychologist at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA and PhD candidate in school psychology at Central Michigan University

Sarah Schoffstall, PhD is a School Psychologist at The Learning Center for the Deaf, Framingham, MA

Lily Slavin, PhD candidate in School Psychology at Central Michigan University

Hallie Smith, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist II in the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD

2017 Davenport Fellows

Zachary Bird, PhD candidate in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and Teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Megan Connaughton, MEd, Teacher in Deafblind Program, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Dieuwerke Dijk, MD, Fellow in Specialized training for individuals with disabilities, Groningen, Netherlands

Alex Donovan, PhD Candidate in Neuroscience and Craniofacial Development, Kings College, London UK

Emily Fassi, MS, Genetic Counselor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Lauren Fogarty, Medical Student, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Chathuri Illapperuma, PhD Candidate, School Psychology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Bree Kaufman, PhD candidate, Schooll Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Charlotte Reimer, MS candidate in Speech and Language Psychology, Cal State East Bay, CA

Kareem Tawfik, MD, Otolaryngology Chief Resident, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Hui Yao, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow in Medical Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi

2015 Davenport Fellows

Caitlin Hale, Genetic Counseling student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Sara Espanet, Deafblind Education specialist, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Alexandra Hudson, Medical student, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ben Kennert, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Rachel Malta, Specialist in Educational Psychology student, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Neeraja Reddy, Genetic Counseling student, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Hailey Ripple, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Lauren Siems, Genetic counseling student, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Ethan Sperry, MD/PhD candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI