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Kara Hume, Ph.D.

ASD Researchers at UNC

Associate Professor, UNC School of Education

Kara Hume, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the UNC School of Education and a Faculty Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is also the director of the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Preactice. Her research interests include Classroom and home-based intervention strategies for young children, school-age children, and adolescents with developmental disabilities; use of structured teaching strategies with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); professional development and implementation support for special education service providers; identification, review, and evaluation of evidence based practices for individuals with ASD.

She serves as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on several studies with children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum. She serves as Co-PI for the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA,, a five-year project developing and implementing a comprehensive high school program for students on the spectrum funded by IES.

Additonal current work includes the Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers study (FITT, supporting families with toddlers on the autism spectrum funded by Maternal and Children’s Health Bureau, as well as a study to support the independent functioning of adolescents and adults through the use of work systems, funded by the Organization for Autism Research.

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