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