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CASD Chat: January 2023 - How to Read Research Like a Psychologist

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"What am I even looking at right now?"

If you’re like most people, this is the thought that goes through your head when you sit down to try to understand the latest research on autism. When I first started graduate school, the numbers, figures, and statistics in research articles were overwhelming, so it was difficult and sometimes impossible, to make sense of the information.

Most importantly, it was difficult to understand the problems with the study (because no study is perfect), so it was hard to understand when the study was relevant for a specific person. It can be really hard to find the information you want to think about when you are not sure what you are looking at.

Also, while most of us enjoy the latest blog post (or medical center newsletter!) that summarizes research, many of us also want to go right to the primary source and see for ourselves what the latest research about autism has to say.

The goal of this and next month’s CHAT is to help you break down the best ways to find research, evaluate it, and extract relevant information.

Searching for Articles and Noticing Red Flags

Profiles Celebrating Neurodiversity

Sam Leckrone is a successful adult with autism who is committed to advocating for individuals with disabilities. Sam was the first student with autism to be included in regular classes in the Ypsilanti, Michigan school district. Using the public school system to work on social skills, peer interactions, and problem solving, Sam graduated from Ypsilanti High School and was admitted to the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Sam was able to pursue his passion for road design and transportation Engineering, develop lifelong friendships with other Engineers, and successfully complete his Bachelor's Degree at U of M. He then accepted a graduate fellowship, and completed his master's degree of Transportation Engineering at Purdue University. Sam was able to navigate the interview process, and was hired by the Virginia Department of Transportation. He enjoys problem-solving, interacting with his colleagues, and enjoys a good relationship with his Supervisors. VDOT has been extremely accommodating and supports Sam and other individuals with disabilities in a positive work environment.

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