Veronica Ahumada Newhart

Veronica Ahumada Newhart
University of California, Irvine | UCI · Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Doctor of Philosophy

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August 2012 - November 2015
University of California, Irvine
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Publications (22)
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Every year, large numbers of students are not able to attend school due to illness. Extended absence from the classroom has negative and overlapping educational and social consequences as students may fall behind in instruction, feel isolated from their peers, and experience loneliness and depression. School districts sometimes provide individual t...
Conference Paper
Homebound students, those who can learn but have a serious health issue (e.g. cancer, heart disease, immune deficiency) that prevents physical attendance at school, are now able to go to school using telepresence robots. Telepresence robots are generally video conferencing units on remote-controlled robots. Previous research has shown that using th...
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The recent development of telepresence robots provides the opportunity for virtual inclusion to students who are not able to attend school due to medical conditions. Every year, large numbers of K-12 students are not able to attend class due to illness. Extended absence from the classroom has negative and overlapping educational, social, and medica...
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The universal accessibility movement has focused on solutions for people with physical limitations. While this work has helped bring about positive initiatives for this population, physical disabilities are just one of the many life situations that can complicate people’s ability to fully participate in an information economy and society. Other fac...
Chapter
Telerobots may function as robotic avatars in the physical world for people who are restricted to their homes due to high risk of infection or illness. Telerobots are mobile robot units that can be moved and controlled by a remote person (e.g., someone at home) in a local environment (e.g., office, classroom). These robots provide real-time audio a...
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In the pre-pandemic world, it was estimated that 2.5 million children in the US were restricted to their homes due to medical risk. Sadly, in the COVID-19 (C-19) world and post C-19 world this number is expected to be much larger. As communities and schools return to in-person gatherings, many children will not be able to return to in-person school...
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Digital technologies have recently shaped the way in which individuals and communities interact. This paper examines the unique social contexts of Latino youth and their use of digital technologies to support access to health information and extend social support. The design and use of digital health tools are complex and should not take a one-size...
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Each year, 2.5 million children in the United States are homebound due to illness. This paper explores the possible implications of being homebound for child development and well-being, drawing on Bronfenbrenner's bioecological systems theory of human development and Ryan and Deci's self-determination theory. This paper also explores the potential...
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Supporting the Education of Homebound Children Through Semi-autonomous Telepresence Robots
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Telepresence robots have recently been introduced as a way for children who are homebound due to medical conditions to attend their local schools. These robots provide an experience that is a much richer learning experience than the typical home instruction services of 4–5 hours a week. Because the robots on the market today were designed for use b...
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Objective: To understand the experiences of diverse families when taking their young children to the dentist and to document their prevalence. Methods: An exploratory sequential design was used. First, 4 focus groups (N = 33) comprised of low-income female caregivers of children under 6 years of age were conducted in English and Spanish. Discuss...
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This paper explores the inequitable educational services afforded to homebound children with chronic illness in the US. Even though this vulnerable population is growing due to increased survival and incidence rates, neither federal nor state guidelines address their educational needs. Even the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) doe...
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This paper suggests guidelines of social behavior for students using robots to interact with their classmates in group settings. The guidelines allow for the establishment of some common expectations for both the remote student and classmates. It is important to have clear expectations for robot behavior in the classroom in order for the social dyn...
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Graduate Student Research Competition, 2nd place winner.
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Low-income Children Have Greatest Dental Needs. Poor dental health impacts children’s growth, function, behavior, and school readiness. Sadly, low-income children experience the greatest amount of dental disease and fewest dental visits, even though they have the highest rates of dental insurance coverage (Medicaid and SCHIP). Thus, sources other t...
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Since 2004, approximately one of every five Montana third graders screened at schools participating in the Oral Health Screening program had untreated caries. More than half of the third grade children had dental caries experience and less than half had dental sealants.4 This issue of Montana Public Health describes the oral health school-based scr...
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Governor Schweitzer launched a school readiness agenda in 2006 by hosting two summits which focused on the importance of early childhood education. Many state agencies received suggestions on how best to support young children and families so that child development is maximized, professionals work more effectively together, and families are better...

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Child Health/Development and Academic Achievement
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Use of robots for learning