The Targeted Research Initiative for Youth recognizes the increasing need for epilepsy and seizure research in populations from children through adolescence involving pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, behavioral manifestations, medication therapy, and quality-of-life issues.

The Foundation invites research grant applications from investigators interested in psychosocial problems and comorbidities of children and adolescents with epilepsy including, but not limited to topics such as psychiatric comorbidity; treatment of behavioral and cognitive comorbidities, including innovative techniques such as utilization of internet or computer based technologies; studies of the impact of impaired social cognition on educational and occupational outcomes; difficulties and treatment gaps for adolescents transitioning to adulthood; social supports for adolescents with epilepsy; health access and literacy including family communication with health care professionals; the impact of other health conditions (e.g. sleep difficulties, migraines, etc.) on epilepsy treatment and outcome. Investigators must hold a relevant advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D., M.S., Pharm.D.) and have completed all research training appropriate to the project proposed. Open to investigators at academic/university settings and others in the public and private sectors.

Targeted Research Initiative for Youth


Ying Yuk (Connie) Sung, Ph.D.
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Effect of Impression Management on Hireability of Youth with Epilepsy

The impact on youth with epilepsy is substantial - lifestyle, school, and limitations on employment are major problems. Employment is fundamental to individual's psychological well-being and quality of life. The strongest predictor of adult employment has been attributed to gaining employment experience during adolescence and yet, the employment experiences of youth with epilepsy remain unstudied. Traditionally, considerable efforts have been devoted to help people with disabilities develop work-related skills specific to a job position. However, little research effort has been directed toward helping people with disabilities develop "job-getting skills". Research indicates that interviewers' evaluations of applicants is less influenced by academic credentials and work skill factors than by interviewers' subjective Therefore, the use of impression management (IM) tactics among people with nonvisible disabilities should be considered. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of IM tactics on interviewers' evaluation of youth with epilepsy. Results of this study will provide insights on the use of IM tactics and inform the development of job interviewing skills for youth with epilepsy.