We’ve assembled a diverse staff with varied backgrounds. Each member of our team brings their unique experiences and expertise to the table, giving our research more breadth and allowing us to view complex problems from multiple perspectives.
Beyond our core staff, we work with a variety of very talented consultants for research project development, graphic design and report editing. We have also established collaborative research partnerships with other faculty at Drexel University, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and also researchers at other universities.
Our Research Team
Jackie Abrams, M.Ed
Assistant Project Director, Transition Pathways
Jaclyn Abrams is the Assistant Project Director of Transition Pathways at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and works with colleagues to lead a collection of innovative efforts to improve outcomes for young adults on the autism spectrum.
Kristy Anderson, MSW
Kristy is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has years of experience working in direct practice with autistic adults and doing research. Her research focuses on the definition and measurement of quality of life in young adulthood.
Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, PhD
Elizabeth studies how social network interventions promote positive life outcomes for people on the autism spectrum, their families and communities. background is in sociology and education.
Dianne Malley, MFA
Project Director, Transition Pathways
Dianne directs the Transition Pathways initiative, a collection of innovative efforts to improve outcomes for young adults on the autism spectrum. She has years of experience developing family, school and community partnerships to improve outcomes for children.
Elena Marta, MS
DAC Program Coordinator, Transition Pathways
Jessica Rast, MPH
Jessica completed her MPH at Drexel, and is in charge of our National Autism Data Center. She oversees data analysis, infographic development and publication preparation. She is a researcher, data analyst, and an idealist.
Anne Roux, MPH, MA
Anne is a nationally renowned autism researcher, author and family advocate. She leads the production of our National Autism Indicators Report series and other publications.
Jessica Sances, M.S. Ed
Program Coordinator, Transition Pathways