Jessica Awsumb, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Transition Tennessee
Staff - Extended
Overview of Interests
Jessica Awsumb is the principal investigator for the Transition Tennessee Pre-ETS initiative with the goal to improve quality employment outcomes for youth with disabilities in Tennessee. She is also the project director for the Transition Pathways Project to help students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disability connect to paid employment in high school. She came from Chicago, IL, where she received her doctorate in disability studies. Jessica previously worked with Chicago Public Schools and Illinois’ Vocational Rehabilitation to become meaningful partners in serving youth with disabilities. Her main research interest focuses on supporting all youth with disabilities to transition into a meaningful adult life.