Kara Hume

Kara Hume
Advanced Research Scientist
919.843.2291
919.966.1786
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 143
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Dr. Kara Hume is an Advanced Research 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. She serves as Co-PI for the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA, http://csesa.fpg.unc.edu/), a five year project developing and implementing a comprehensive high school program for students on the spectrum funded by IES.

Additonal current work includes the Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers study (FITT, http://fitt.fpg.unc.edu/) supporting families with toddlers on the autism spectrum funded by Maternal and Children's Health Bureau, as well as a study to support the independent functioning of adolescents and adults through the use of work systems, funded by the Organization for Autism Research.

Dr. Hume has worked with children and young adults on the autism spectrum for 25+ 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.

Research Specializations: Classroom and home-based intervention strategies for young children, school-age children, and adolescents with developmental disabilities; use of structured teaching strategies with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); professional development and implementation support for special education service providers; identification, review, and evaluation of evidence based practices for individuals with ASD.

Areas of Expertise:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Evidence-Based Practices
Special Education
Intervention
Curriculum Vitae:
Education:
• PhD, Special Education, Indiana University
• MEd, Educational Psychology, Arizona State Univeristy
• BS, Special Education, University of Evansville