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Alice A Kuo MD, PhD

Dr. Kuo is the Director of the HCT-RN. She is also an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She directs the UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center, a 365-day a year primary care office with extended hours and services. She is the Director of the Research Training and Education Core of the NICHD-funded P50 Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) at UCLA, as well as a primary care consultant at the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic. Her clinical focus has been youth and young adults with ASD and she is building a registry of these individuals at UCLA.

Dr. Kuo has also been extensively involved in the teaching of public health and is the Director of the Pathways for Students into Health Professions program, an MCHB-funded Pipeline program. She is also the Director of Training for the NHLBI-funded P50 Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Her work in Maternal and Child Health has led to the publication of a book, Child Health: a Population Perspective, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Dr. Kuo is the Chair of the Transition Care Committee of the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association and has spearheaded a national effort to develop and pilot a health care transition curriculum for primary care residents. She is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Health Care Transition and Disease Self-Management Special Interest Group and is also on the Task Force for Adults with Chronic Conditions Originating in Childhood in the Society for General Internal Medicine. Most recently, she is on the Steering Committee for Pediatric to Adult Care Transitions Workgroup led by the Council of Subspecialty Societies of the American College of Physicians, working to raise awareness among internists about the care for adults with ASD and intellectual disabilities.

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Paul Shattuck PhD

Dr. Shattuck is the Co-Director of the HCT-RN. He is also the Director of the Life Course Outcomes Programs at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and an Associate Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Shattuck’s research has focused on promoting optimal transition to adulthood among youth and young adults with ASD. His findings have helped shape our understanding of autism and have been recognized by federal agencies and advocacy groups. Two of his most recent studies on postsecondary outcomes have earned national recognition as being among the most significant annual advances in autism science – one on services for adults and one on postsecondary adult outcomes.

Dr. Shattuck’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, Autism Speaks, the Emch Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Organization for Autism Research. In addition, he has published in high-impact scientific journals including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Lynette Lau PhD

Dr. Lau is the Program Manager of the HCT-RN. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in early childhood development and mental health, family functioning, and stress, trauma, and resilience. Dr. Lau completed her undergraduate training at UCLA, where she majored in Psychology and minored in both Applied Developmental Psychology and Education. During this time, Dr. Lau learned about important issues affecting the lives of exceptional individuals and completed practicum experiences which allowed her first-hand experiences with typically developing children and children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Lau continued her graduate education at UCLA, where she completed her dissertation on the influence of the interaction between the serotonin transporter gene variant and parenting stress on parent personality and parenting behavior, and received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.

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Kristy A Anderson MSW

Ms. Kristy Anderson is a research associate for the HCT-RN and Life Course Outcomes Research Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. She has over seven years of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities and worked as a transition coordinator in special education before obtaining a Master’s of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Anderson is a current doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research focuses on quality of life in young adulthood.