Dr. Kevin Ayres is a professor at The University of Georgia where he co-direct the Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER). He began working with individuals with autism as middle school teacher. He returned to the University of Georgia to pursue his doctorate. During this time he first learned of the Organization for Autism Research and was awarded a grant to conduct a pre-dissertation study.
Since joining the faculty at the University of Georgia, Ayres has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on multiple federally funded research and training grants. He has published one book and more than 70 articles and book chapters. Most of his scholarship focuses on identification of teaching practices for improving learning outcomes of children with autism and most of this has had a technology focus. He currently oversees the the three elementary school classrooms operated by CABER where his teams evaluate different instructional practices related to communication, skill acquisition, and reduction of problem behavior. He is also co-editor of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.