Dr. Kara Hume is a Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as a Research Associate Professor in the School of Education. She serves as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on several studies with children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum. Hume received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Indiana University and began at FPG in 2008. Hume has worked with children and young adults on the autism spectrum for 20+ years in a variety of capacities, including a home program therapist, teacher, trainer, and consultant. She was a classroom teacher for seven years working primarily with students on the autism spectrum, and has worked with TEACCH Autism Program as a trainer for professionals in the field. She has authored 35+ articles and chapters, and her work has twice been recognized by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) as one of the top-20 advances in field.