Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something. 

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Meet our lab/collaborators/community.

Research Advisory Board

The Autism in Context Research Advisory Board consists of members of the University of Delaware community who identify as being on the autism spectrum. Members of the advisory board provide critiques and advice on current research projects. The advisory board shapes the Autism in Context research agenda.

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finnigan madison

finnigan madison (ze/hir & he/him) is an autistic, jewish, gay & genderqueer trans man from newark, de. ze holds a BA in asian studies from university of delaware (’19), with a minor in religious studies. he is currently an ambassador and self-advocate working with spectrum scholars, a college-to-career program for autistic students at hir alma mater.

finnigan’s special interests include judaism, beekeeping, meditation, and gardening. he strongly dislikes capital letters. ze is fascinated by the intersections of neurodiversity, transgender identity, sexual orientation, and religious identity; he is especially interested in research that examines how those identities overlap and interact with each other. ze is also interested in how perceived gender, race, age, and intelligence/ability relates to missed diagnosis and/or misdiagnosis of autistic individuals. his aspirations are to become a rabbi and a gestational parent.

Sarah Tilman

Sarah Tillman (she/her) is an autistic graduate student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware. She has a BA in mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (‘17) with minors in computer science and German; she expects to graduate with an MS in applied mathematics in the spring of 2020 and hopes to pursue a PhD in applied mathematics starting in the fall.

Sarah’s special interests include mathematics, guinea pigs, German language and culture, and a rotating list of hobbies such as knitting and playing the clarinet. She also has strong opinions on the Oxford comma. She is most interested in research concerning the support services autistic people may need or receive and their impact on autistic people’s lives.

We are currently accepting members for the research advisory board. In order to participate, you must be connected to the UD community as a student or employee and identify as being on the autism spectrum.

Research Assistants

In the Autism in Context research lab, students learn about the research process: how to observe, ask questions, and come up with a plan to answer those questions. Research assistants are part of every step of the research process and learn about autism, social science, and equity every step of the way.

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Wynter Bartley

Wynter Bartley (she/her, he/him, they/them) is a student in the University of Delaware class of 2023. She is a Psychology and Criminal Justice double major who plans to go into Forensic Psychology for Graduate school. They are a genderfluid, bisexual, pagan from Wilmington, Delaware. Wynter is hoping to eventually work in juvenile detention centers to help rehabilitate and help the children in those centers before they potentially get sent back into society.

He has multiple family members that are on the autism spectrum and hope this opportunity will help him learn about the difficulties they may face in their daily lives. She is a part of the UD Fightin’ Blue Hens Marching Band in the color guard and an active member in the Lavender Programming Board, one of the University’s LGBT+ organizations.

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Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt is a current student at the University of Delaware planning to graduate in the spring of 2022. At the University of Delaware Ryan is double majoring in Biological Sciences and Neuroscience as well as minoring in Entrepreneurship.

In addition, Ryan is an Access: volunteers at A.I. Dupont Children’s Hospital in the emergency department as well as works at United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware working with kids with special needs. Ryan hopes on attending medical school and becoming a pediatric surgeon and has the goal of opening up his own rehabilitation center where kids and young adults with disabilities can go and seek treatment, therapy and be prepared for life as an adult.

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Kaitlyn Myers

Kaitlyn Myers is a student at the University of Delaware planning to graduate in the spring of 2023. In her high-school career, Kaitlyn partook in a leadership program, mentorship in a life skills classroom, and was an involved member of her community. She was also the valedictorian of her graduating class.

At the University of Delaware, she is in the honors program and has a major in psychology and minors in disability studies and neuroscience. In addition, Kaitlyn is an Access: Abilities Scholar, allowing her to explore disability in her field of interest through her college career. Kaitlyn hopes to continue to do research with individuals with disabilities in her future endeavors.

Melissa Stoffers

Melissa Stoffers (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at the University of Delaware. She has a Master of Science degree in Collaborative Teaching, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Collaborative Education and American Studies from Rowan University. As a certified educator, Melissa previously worked as a special education teacher for students in grades K-8 in New Jersey. Melissa is interested in pursuing research to support the educational and socioemotional development of individuals with disabilities.

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Sarah Hantman

Sarah Hantman is a current student at the University of Delaware planning to graduate in the spring of 2022. At the University of Delaware, Sarah is majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in cell and molecular biology and genetics as well as minoring in Chemistry and Professional Selling and Sales Management on a pre-dental track.

Sarah is a volunteer at Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in the post anesthesia care unit and the magnetic resonance imaging unit and a volunteer in the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic. In addition, Sarah is a Studio Fellow at the University of Delaware for BISC207/208 and CHEM107/108. In her professional career, Sarah hopes to work in a dental practice as an advocate and resource for patients with autism and intellectual disabilities and their families.

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Sophia Munier

Sophia Munier is a current student at the University of Delaware, who is planning on graduating in the spring of 2023. In high school, she was involved in several award winning research projects, mentored elementary age children and worked closely with students in the life skills program. She was also a graduate of the International Baccalaureate program. 

At the University of Delaware, Sophia is an honors student majoring in Medical Diagnostics on a pre-med track. In addition, Sophia is also an Access: Abilities scholar, which allows her to pursue her interest in disability. She also mentors children at the local elementary school and volunteers at the Mary Campbell center, a home for people with disabilities. Her future aspirations include becoming a pediatric oncologist and to continue working with people with disabilities.

Community Partners

Autism Alliance of Michigan
Leading collaborative efforts across the state to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism.
We partner with the Autism Alliance of Michigan on sexual abuse identification, prevention, and risk reduction.
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The Autism Program of Illinois
A statewide network of resources for autism spectrum disorders.
We have partnered with The Autism Program of Illinois and the University of Illinois affiliate to conduct research on comprehensive sexuality education and family mealtimes.

Academic Partners

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The LIFE Research Team at Michigan State University
Lifting Individuals and Families through Empowerment 
We partner with the LIFE research team to conduct research on the transition to adulthood for autistic youth and their families.

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