A Life Course Perspective on Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Implications for Research and Interventions

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dr. Paul T. Shattuck, Ph.D.

Director of the Life Course Outcomes Program at A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University

"A Life Course Perspective on Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Implications for Research and Interventions"

This talk will describe Dr. Shattuck’s evolving conceptual framework for research and interventions targeting transition-age youth on the autism spectrum. He will share examples of population-based indicators research that raises awareness about the unmet service needs of this population, informs public policy and identifies subgroups with higher risk for poor outcomes. He will describe his Transition Pathways initiative that is developing innovative programs to help transition-age youth achieve positive postsecondary outcomes. He will discuss a research agenda setting process he co-directed in the U.S. that culminated in an official statement of emerging research priorities. Shattuck will conclude with suggestions for future directions on how to advance research and interventions that result in improved postsecondary outcomes.

Dr. Shattuck’s published studies have been formally recognized by federal agencies and private advocacy groups as some the most important research in the field. Findings from this work have already helped shape our understanding of autism by equipping families and policy makers with accurate and timely “news they can use.”

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Transition to Adulthood for Youth on the Autism Spectrum

Predictors of Success in Postsecondary STEM Education and Employment

Factors Associated with Young Adult Outcomes

National Indicators Project

RAIND Distinguished Speaker Dr. Paul Shattuck