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Paul Shattuck, Ph.D.

Research Program Area Leader, Life Course Outcomes
Phone: (215) 571-3401
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Dr. Paul T. Shattuck, Director of the Life Course Outcomes Program, studies experiences and services that promote positive outcomes for people on the autism spectrum, their families and communities.

Dr. Shattuck’s published studies have been formally recognized by federal agencies and private advocacy groups as some the most important research in the field. Findings from this work have already helped shape our understanding of autism by equipping families and policy makers with accurate and timely “news they can use.” 

In 2009, Dr. Shattuck’s study on the age of diagnosis among children on the autism spectrum was recognized as one of the most important autism studies of the year by both Autism Speaks and the Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Dr. Shattuck's 2011 study on the use of services by adults on the autism spectrum was recognized as one of the 20 most impactful scientific studies in the field of autism by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. His study about postsecondary education and job outcomes among young adults on the autism spectrum was named one of the Top Ten Autism Research Advances of 2012 by Autism Speaks.

Dr. Shattuck’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, Autism Speaks, the Emch Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Organization for Autism Research. His research publications have appeared in high-impact scientific journals including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has also written op-ed pieces that have appeared in leading newspapers including the New York Times.

A sought-after and frequent speaker at scientific meetings and to groups of advocates, family members, service providers and policy makers, Dr. Shattuck has also consulted with public and nonprofit agencies on the design and evaluation of services for people with disabilities.

Dr. Shattuck’s professional background includes work in the nonprofit sector doing fundraising and developing programs. His education includes degrees in social work, sociology, and postdoctoral training in epidemiology.

Research Projects

Transition to Adulthood for Youth on the Autism Spectrum

Funders: National Institute of Mental Health; Autism Speaks; Organization for Autism Research; Emch Foundation

Using data from a large national study, we describe service needs, social outcomes, postsecondary job and education experiences, and other quality of life indicators.

Predictors of Success in Postsecondary STEM Education and Employment

Funder: National Science Foundation

Using national data, we are looking at the experiences of college students on the autism spectrum who major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields.

Factors Associated with Young Adult Outcomes

Funders: Autism Speaks; Institute for Education Sciences

Using national data, we are looking at the relationship between experiences during high school (like participation in extracurricular activities) and postsecondary life course outcomes (like getting a job or going to college).

National Indicators Project

Funder: Emch FoundationNational sources of data already exist that could provide timely, useful information to benchmark the outcomes of children and adults on the autism spectrum. This Internet-based project will harness this data and communicate nationally relevant findings. We will accelerate the awareness, use, analysis and understanding of benchmark data across a range of topics that have direct practical application, including age of diagnosis and entry to special services; access to services during childhood and adulthood; and young adult outcomes like employment and college.