Elisabeth Sheridan, PhD is the Director of the Clinical Core at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and an Associate Professor at Drexel University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for individuals with a range of developmental, learning, social-emotional, and behavioral differences, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is engaged in clinical, research, and training initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for autistic individuals and their families.
Dr. Sheridan graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and completed a Fulbright fellowship at the Finnish National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland. She received her PhD in Medical/Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a clinical and research focus on neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Sheridan acquired training in state-of-the-art ASD assessment, treatment, and research methods as an intern at the UNC School of Medicine/TEACCH Autism Program and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Emory University School of Medicine/Marcus Autism Center.
Dr. Sheridan’s research interests include the dissemination and implementation of best practices for autistic people in community settings. She is a Co-Principal Investigator of the Dissemination and Outreach Core for Drexel’s NIH Autism Center of Excellence Center grant: “Public Health and Autism Science Advancing Equitable Strategies across the Life Course (PHASES).” PHASES employs a public health research framework to examine health determinants, health services delivery and health inequity- especially in under-represented diverse populations - and the impact of these forces on autistic people's health outcomes.
Dr. Sheridan is also dedicated to training other clinicians and researchers. She is a certified trainer in several evidence-based tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised. She has advanced training in many intervention modalities, including RUBI Parent Coaching, Facing Your Fears, PEERS, and the Secret Agent Society. Dr. Sheridan also has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Structured Teaching (TEACCH). She is a strong advocate for autistic individuals and their families. She is dedicated to tailoring intervention and training efforts to incorporate an individuals’ specific strengths and values, with the goal of providing services and supports that will optimize quality of life and promote acceptance.