Alyssa Henry, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, and her doctoral degree in education from the University of California, Davis. She is currently a National Center for Special Education Research Postdoctoral Fellow (funded by the Institute of Education Sciences) at the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on reading and social development in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In particular, she is interested in school-based intervention services to concurrently support the social communication and academic needs of students with autism spectrum disorder.
Over the past nine years, Alyssa has worked with individuals with autism in a variety of clinical and research settings. She served as a research clinician at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. While at the University of California, Davis, she was a graduate researcher and supervisor at the Reading and Academic Development Center and engaged in several school-based research studies on reading development in students with autism spectrum disorder. She was a fellow in the Northern California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the UC Davis MIND Institute, participating in interdisciplinary clinical activities and community training.
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