Kendyl Cole

Clinical Trials Assistant

 

In her work as a Clinical Trials Specialist at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Kendyl assists in the preparation and collection of materials for clinical research data. She facilitates the maintenance and inventory of all study materials, helps to arrange the laboratory for a variety of clinical assessments, and provides any help or support to families to ensure that their clinical experience is positive and impactful.

Kendyl pursued her undergraduate degree at Meredith College where she received her B.A in Psychology and Spanish in May 2015. During her academic career, she worked as trainer in an early intervention ABA program for children with autism, completed two internships in a pediatric and geriatric occupational therapy setting, and served as the Senior Student Researcher & Lab Supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Meredith College. Kendyl completed her honors thesis on the Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, which she presented at the Carolina Psychology Conference. She also presented her research the Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: A Further Analysis of Sensory Processing Modalities at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) and was accepted for presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association. Her manuscript Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina, Explorations. Kendyl was recently invited to be a panelist speaker on Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness at Durham Academy, and enjoys connecting with the community to help educate on ASD.

She aspires to continue her education by pursuing a professional degree in occupational therapy, and hopes to integrate her interest in sensory processing and passion for individuals with autism spectrum disorder into an impactful career.

Representative Publications

1. Cole, K. (in press). Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Explorations.

2. Cole, K. & Edwards, C. Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: A Further Analysis of Sensory Processing Modalities. (2015, March) Poster accepted at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

3. Cole, K. (2014). Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Honors Thesis, Meredith College)