My research on college student success has earned over $550,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASPA Foundation, TG Public Benefit Program, and Spencer Foundation. My work has been published in many of the field's top-tier journals, including Educational Researcher, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development.
The College Autism Network (CAN) family of projects examine the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college access, experiences, and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.
The Linking Institutional Policies to Student Success (LIPSS) project sought to identify specific institution-wide policies that can be leveraged to increase college student engagement – a key predictor of student grades and persistence that is especially beneficial to underrepresented and academically under-prepared students.
I have been the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Research Award from the FSU College of Education and have twice won the Robert M. Gagne Outstanding Research Award (in 2014 and 2017). I was also named an Emerging Scholar by ACPA: College Educators International for the 2013-14 school year.
My work as a teacher and mentor has been consistently recognized by my students and institution. A recipient (in 2012; nominated twice more since) of FSU’s Transformation Through Teaching award for “promoting meaning, purpose and authenticity within the Florida State community,” I was also nominated by 6 students and faculty for FSU’s Graduate Student Mentoring Award in 2015 and 2016. I received the Supervisor / Mentor Award from the Hardee Center and FSU’s Higher Education Program in 2016.
My commitment to service is evident both locally and nationally. Within FSU, I have served as a member of the University’s Faculty Senate, the College of Education’s Faculty Advisory Board, and the Departmental Advisory Committee. Nationally, I have reviewed manuscripts for many of the field’s top journals and am a member of the Journal of College Student Development’s Editorial Board. In 2016, I founded the College Autism Network, a national non-profit dedicated to using evidence-based advocacy to improve experiences and outcomes for college students with autism.
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Teaching / Mentoring Awards
Received (2) & Nominated (5)
is a national nonprofit organization linking varied stakeholders engaged in evidence-based efforts to improve access, experiences, and outcomes for college students with autism.
presents research and resources to support students who were previously incarcerated, all produced through a doctoral student seminar I taught in 2018.