Sarah Curtiss

Sarah Louise Curtiss

Hegarty Fellow, Researcher

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education



Sarah Curtiss is a Hegarty fellow 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 working with Drs. Gloria Lee, Kristin Rispoli, and Louise Gallagher.  She completed her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Curtiss explores how to develop programs for individuals with autism that foster resilience and facilitate positive development. Her research is applied and has led to projects on human sexuality education, social skills, family mealtimes, and transition.  Throughout her research, Dr. Curtiss situates individuals with autism in context – in families, communities, schools, service systems, and cultures. Her goal in doing so is to understand how to support and structure the systems that affect youth with autism.