Diagnosing Autism in Africa

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Faculty Mentor/s:
Kristi Morin, College of Education, Special Education program
 
Students on the team this summer:
Kathleen Bauer ‘25, School Psychology
Alyssa Blasko ‘25, Special Education
Kelsey Johnson ‘22, Behavioral Neuroscience
Ted Renz ‘22, Psychology
Sine Zungu ‘22, Psychology
 
Project Description:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is considered a global health concern; however, nearly everything
we know about autism comes from research in high-income countries. The dearth of research on
ASD is particularly problematic in countries across Africa, likely due to the lack of a culturally
appropriate screening and diagnostic tool to identify individuals with ASD. This project will evaluate
tools commonly used in the United States to diagnose autism in order to assess their feasibility and
cultural appropriateness.
 
Month/Year Project Began:
January 2020