Developing supports to address mental health needs of autistic students in postsecondary education 

Principal Investigator(s):
Vanessa Bal, Ph.D. & Evan Kleiman, Ph.D.
Grant Type:
Applied Research
Funding:
$39,990
Organization:
Rutgers University - New Brunswick 
Piscataway, NJ
Year Awarded:
2020
Topics:
Behavior, Emotions, Mental Health; Education and School Aged Children

Abstract

Emotion regulation difficulties make it hard for many autistic adults to cope with stressors that they face throughout postsecondary education (PSE). A lack of on-campus mental health programs tailored to support the needs of autistic students may leave them vulnerable to prolonged periods of distress, which can negatively impact their academic performance and quality of life. Information gained from this project will be used to create free resources to improve awareness of mental health needs and promote access to needed services for autistic students in PSE. The main goal of this proposal is to develop a brief, telehealth-delivered intervention

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