Community Advisory Committee
Zoie Reed is a committee member for the Center For Research in Autism, Intellectual And Other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Michigan State University and a former division one women’s soccer player with Persuasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University in 2020 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. At Central Michigan, she was a standout women’s soccer goalkeeper as a three-year starter, team captain, multi-year All-Mid American Conference Academic Honor Roll, and three-time Dean’s List Recipient. She ended her Central Michigan soccer career ranked #5 all time for total number of career wins, #3 all time for total number of saves, and #3 all time for total number of shutouts.
Originally from Woodbridge, Connecticut, where she was a high school three sport all-state student-athlete, Zoie was one of the few openly autistic, division one athletes in the NCAA. She helps identify disclosure practices for high functioning students in research study and provides an expertise on the effects of negative connotations of autism spectrum disorders. She is heavily involved in serving as a mental disorder advocate and provides insight on how autistic people assimilate into society and how they communicate with others. Zoie’s high energy, strong and authentic approach to autism research is both fresh and innovative. Moving forward, as a former division one athlete and rising ASD advocate, her approach will change the perspective on autism spectrum disorders.