Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD)
Overview of Interests
The goal of Dr. Taylor’s research program is to understand how to promote positive outcomes in adulthood for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. Much of her current work focuses on the transition to adulthood for youth on the autism spectrum. Current projects include: (a) developing and testing a parent advocacy training to improve service access and post-school outcomes as youth on the autism spectrum transition from school-based to adult services: (b) understanding the implications of employment and other day-to-day experiences for mental health and quality of life; (c) examining unique vulnerabilities of women on the autism spectrum, as well as vulnerabilities common across sex/gender; and (d) investigating the role of language development during the transition to adulthood for youth with fragile X syndrome.
VKC Research Briefs Video: "A Longitudinal Study of Employment and Educational Instability for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
The Promise of Discovery Podcast: "Educating Parents of Young Adults with Autism on the Transition to Adult Services"