Project Title/Research Interests: Understanding the Service System and Life Course Outcomes for Transition Age Youth with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Julianna is pursuing her PhD in Health Policy and Management at the Fielding School of Public Health. For the past five years, she has worked as a science policy analyst in the Office of Autism Research Coordination at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Previous to her work at NIMH, she worked with Dr. Paul Shattuck at Drexel University’s Autism Institute. At both NIMH and Drexel University, her work focused on the life course outcomes and health service needs of youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She earned her Master of Public Health at Drexel University and her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences at Gettysburg College. As a PhD student, she is interested in expanding her research in mental health services research to support youth transition to adulthood.