In her role as a Staff Specialist at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Katie assists with the coordination and management of the Center’s clinical services. She helps families in getting connected with services at the Center and provides guidance for accessing additional autism-related resources and support within the community. She aims to provide assistance and encouragement to families as they go through the process of figuring out what services are needed and where to access them.
Katie graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and a concentration in Human Services. During her time at Appalachian State, Katie worked as a research assistant in an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) research lab where she helped to determine the success of various behavior intervention plans in young children with autism and other developmental disabilities. After graduating from college, Katie worked as a behavior technician utilizing methods of ABA to provide one-on-one behavioral therapy for children with autism. She aspires to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology so that she may become a strong advocate and helpful resource for children with autism and their families.