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(SDAS) Progress in Reducing Developmental and Behavioral Co-morbidities of Asthma in Children with Emphasis on Health Disparities Risk Factors

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Project Number: R40 MC 20610-01
Grantee: University of Virginia - The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia/University of Virginia Health System
Department/Center: Office of Sponsored Programs/ School of Medicine
Project Date: 9/01/2010

Final Report


Principal Investigator

James Blackman, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences
Public Health Sciences/ Biostatistics and Epidemiology 2270 Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA  22903-4977
Phone: (434)982-1676


  • Perinatal/Infancy (0-12 months)
  • Toddlerhood (13-35 months)
  • Early Childhood (3-5 years)
  • Middle Childhood (6-11 years)
  • Adolescence (12-18 years)


The goal of this research is to determine 1) What progress has been made in reducing the prevalence of asthma and/or reducing its severity over the past decade 2) What progress has been made in reducing the developmental and behavioral co-morbidities of asthma during the current decade and 3) What role health disparities risk factors have had in exacerbating or mitigating asthma and its developmental and behavioral co-morbidities as measured by two sequential National Surveys of Children's Health. The results will help focus future intervention efforts in further improving the health care of children with the most prevalent of serious chronic health conditions.


Listed is descending order by year published.

Blackman JA, Conway MR. Developmental, emotional and behavioral co-morbidities across the chronic health condition spectrum. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2013;6(2):63-71.

Blackman JA, Conaway MR. Changes over time in reducing developmental and behavioral comorbidities of asthma in children. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Jan;33(1):24-31. PubMed PMID: 22157350.


Asthma, Chronic Illness, Health Disparities, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Special Health Care Needs, Social & Emotional Development

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