Paul Shattuck, PhD
Director, Life Course Outcomes Research Program
Paul Shattuck, Ph.D., is pioneering innovative research aimed at improving services and related outcomes among socioeconomically disadvantaged youth and adults on the autism spectrum. An Associate Professor at Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Dr. Shattuck is the founding Leader of the Institute's Life Course Outcomes Program. He also has secondary appointments in the Department of Community Health and Prevention and the Department of Health, Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health. His work on national indicators has shaped the U.S. research and advocacy agenda about transition services and postsecondary outcomes.
Shattuck routinely presents to members of the U.S. Congress and staffers, using his research to raise awareness about the needs of people on the autism spectrum and to inform national and state legislation. His work has been featured in many media outlets including NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, US News and the New York Times. He has provided expert consultation to the Government Accountability Office, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and Autism Speaks. In 2017, he was awarded $2.5 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration for a 5-year project on autism transition. He has secured over $12 million for his research program from 2014-2018.
Shattuck is a champion of using measurable results at community, state and national levels focusing stakeholders to “move the needle” on important indicators. He recently co-edited a special supplement entirely focused on autism for the April 2018 issue of Pediatrics. In the past few years, four of his studies were selected by expert panels as among the most influential publications in the field of autism research. He has authored over 50 articles, frequently in partnership with students and trainees. This work has been consistently published in high-impact journals including Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
In addition to his path-breaking scientific work, Shattuck founded the Transition Pathways Initiative – a growing collection of systems change efforts that deliver job training and improve outcomes for inner-city youth on the autism spectrum in Philadelphia. Contrary to most in the autism field who are focused on developing manualized model programs evaluated with clinical trials, Shattuck is developing approaches to collaborative community problem solving that are iterative and focused on continuous improvement, on evolution that adapts to shifting economic and funding realities, and on measurable results.
Shattuck’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Autism Speaks, the Emch Foundation, the Organization for Autism Research and private philanthropists. Prior to joining Drexel, he was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis. Shattuck’s professional background includes nonprofit fundraising and program development. His education includes Master’s degrees in sociology and social work, a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral training in epidemiology.