In partnership with stakeholders, I study the lived experience of autistic youth, their families, and support professionals. I then consider how to apply that understanding to create programs that foster resilience and facilitate positive development. My research is applied and has led to projects on human sexuality education, social skills, and family mealtimes. Throughout my research, I situate individuals with autism in context – in families, communities, schools, service systems, and cultures. My goal in doing this is to understand how to support and structure the systems that affect youth on the autism spectrum so they can grow to achieve their goals.
I am an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. I completed my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. I then completed a Hegarty Postdoctoral Fellowishp co-located in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University and the Department of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin as part of Daughters Of Charity: Technology and Research Into Disability. You can find my Curriculum Vitae here.