February was a busy month in our Center! Graduate and undergraduate students along with our Center Director, Dr. Susan White, attended the Alabama Autism Conference on February 22 at the Bryant Conference Center.
Two of our graduate students, Alexis Brewe and Grace Lee Simmons, presented an overview of EASE, a free one-on-one interventions designed to help teens and young adults with ASD manage their emotions. Interested in getting involved? See our "Research Projects" tab to learn more about EASE.
In addition to presenting research, our students got to meet Ivanova Smith, a self-advocate from the state of Washington who shared their testimony and ways that we can all advocate for those with ASD!
Happy International Women's Day! We are honored to have Dr. Susan White as the Director of the Center for Youth Development and Intervention! Dr. White moved this past summer to join the University of Alabama as the Doddridge Saxon Endowed Chairholder and Director of CYDI. She spent the last 10 years at Virginia Tech where she co-directed the university's Autism Clinic and directed the Child Assessment Clinic.
What do you study and why? Most of my research involves developing ways
to help young people with autism and related conditions have more success
socially. There is tremendous potential for growth, we just have to find the
right approach for the given child (or adult) and be persistent.
What do you like best about Alabama so far? The lack of snow (I grew up in
northern Michigan)! I have also been pleasantly surprised at how friendly most people are here.
What do you like to do in your free time? I have 2 sons (4th and 5th grade), so free time is limited. I enjoy chauffeuring them to all their activities, and I even (sometimes) enjoy scout camping trips. I also really enjoy running and baking.