Autism

Stigmatization of Autistic College Students

This project began as my undergraduate honors thesis. It considers how non-autistic college students’ interest in interacting with peers is impacted by the peers’ social behavior and special interests. You can read the first paper from this study in my Publications section!

Autism Terminology Preferences

This project focuses on understanding (1) what labels people with a connection to autism prefer and (2) how particular labels may contribute to or reduce the stigmatization of people who have a diagnosis of autism.

Dyadic Hyperscanning

This project involves autistic and non-autistic children participating in a variety of games and activities with a parent while wearing mobile EEG headsets. We are interested in markers of neural and behavioral synchrony in addition to objective and subjective indicators of parent-child connection.

Impact of Autism Label on Face Recognition

Background: Labeling an individual can influence the inferences others make about them. For example, using a face-inversion paradigm, Civile et al. (2018) found the difference between memory for upright vs. inverted faces was larger for faces labeled “regular people” than those labeled “diagnosed with autism.

Autism and Universal Design Training for Higher Education Faculty

I am a collaborator on an international project developing training to improve faculty and graduate teaching assistants' understanding of autistic college students and of the principles of Universal Design. This project is led and developed by a team of autistic and non-autistic researchers. You can access the training for free by clicking the button below.

With whom would you prefer to interact?: Investigating context dependent effects of social behavior and special interests

How do you talk about autism?: Label preferences within the North American autism community

Learning from the experts: Evaluating a participatory autism and universal design training for university teaching staff

The influence of autism label on face recognition by non-autistic adults

Brief Report: Social Behavior and Special Interests in the Stigmatization of Autistic College Students

Autistic people, by definition, differ in social behavior from non-autistic individuals. One characteristic common to many autistic people is a special interest in a particular topic—something spoken about with such frequency and intensity that it …

Special interests play differential roles in stigmatization of autistic compared to non-autistic college students

The relation between cognitive flexibility and ASD and OCD traits

Stigma and autism spectrum disorder in higher education

Impact of behavior and special interest topic in the stigmatization of college students with ASD