My research is applied with the aim of supporting youth and their families in gaining resilience by developing programming for individuals with autism, their families, and support professionals. I believe this achieved through gaining a better understanding of individual and family strengths and applying that understanding. My goal is to support and structure the systems that affect youth with autism with facilitating positive development rather than focus on ameliorating deficits.
I completed my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. I am currently a Hegarty Postdoctoral Fellow co-located in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University and DOCTRID research institute in Ireland. You can find my Curriculum Vitae here.