Summer Institute 2018 Presenter Bios
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Teal Benevides, PhD, MS, OTR/L

June 14, 2018:  Engaging Stakeholders for Research on Adulthood 


Dr. Benevides is an occupational therapist, researcher, wife, and mother. Currently, she serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University where her time is spent in research and teaching of graduate occupational therapy students. Dr. Benevides received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and has been an occupational therapist for over 13 years.

Dr. Benevides is committed to fostering access to services and supports for individuals on the autism spectrum. This access will help improve health outcomes and ensure participation in meaningful life activities. Dr. Benevides has received numerous grants from agencies including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In her current work, Dr. Benevides aims to improve autistic and non-autistic collaboration in research settings to ensure inclusive and respectful teams to address the most pressing priorities faced by the autism community. An extension of this work aims to address racial/ethnic disparities in care for individuals on the autism spectrum in Georgia.



Paul Shattuck, PhD

June 14, 2018:  Engaging Stakeholders for Research on Adulthood in Autism Research

Dr. Shattuck is an Associate Professor at Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute where he leads the Institute's Life Course Outcomes Program. He has a secondary faculty appointment at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Most of his current research is aimed at understanding services and related outcomes among youth with autism as they leave high school and transition to young adulthood. Dr. Shattuck’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Institute for Education Sciences, Autism Speaks, and the Organization for Autism Research. Prior to joining the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Dr. Shattuck was a faculty member at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Shattuck’s professional background includes nonprofit fundraising and program development. His education includes master’s degrees in sociology and social work, a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral training in epidemiology.


 

Stephen Shore, PhD

June 14, 2018:  Engaging Stakeholders for Research on Adulthood in Autism Research


Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

A current board member of Autism Speaks and the Organization for Autism Research, president emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.

 

James Cusack

June 21, 2018:  Engaging Stakeholders in Research: A Funder's Perspective


James Cusack joined Autistica in September 2015 following a career in autism research at the University of Aberdeen, and is currently the Director of Science at Autistica. From a young age James has also worked directly with families affected by autism, as well as having experience in clinical, educational and social care settings. James has sat on a number of advisory panels discussing the role of research in autism, and was vocal in the production of the report, 'A Future Made Together'. He was part of a core stakeholder group which successfully campaigned for Scotland’s first ever autism strategy. James has also been a member of Autistica’s Science Review Panel since January 2014.  He is proud to lead on Autistica's strong, community-driven research strategy.

 

 

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