PhD, Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paul Shattuck, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute as the Leader of the Institute's Research Program Area on Life Course Outcomes. Most of his current research is aimed at understanding services and related outcomes among youth with autism as they leave high school and transition to young adulthood.
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, 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 also has written op-ed pieces that have appeared in leading national newspapers including the New York Times.
In 2009, Dr. Shattuck’s study on the age of diagnosis among children with autism 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 with autism was recognized as one of the 20 most impactful scientific studies in the field of autism by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. His 2012 study on postsecondary job and education outcomes was recognized by Autism Speaks as one of the Top 10 research advances of the year.
Prior to joining the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Dr. Shattuck served as a faculty member at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Shattuck’s professional background includes nonprofit fundraising and program development. His education includes degrees in social work and sociology, and postdoctoral training in epidemiology.
Dr. Shattuck’s current work is aimed at understanding services and related outcomes among youth with autism spectrum disorders as they leave high school and transition to young adulthood. This is closely aligned with the mission of the Autism Institute, which is to discover, develop, and disseminate population-level and community-based approaches that will preclude autism-associated disability; and address the needs of, and improve the quality of life for, individuals with autism of all ages and their families.