Samuel L. Odom

Samuel L. Odom
Director
919.966.4250
919.966.7532
Bypass, Room 312
Campus Box 8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180

Samuel L. Odom, PhD, is Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. He is the author or co-author of over one hundred publications and editor or co-editor of ten books on early childhood intervention and developmental disabilities. His research has addressed topics related to early childhood inclusion and preschool readiness although most of his current research focuses on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Dr. Odom was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Educational Programs for Young Children with Autism, which published a report on effective educational programs for young children with ASD. He also was a member of the committee that developed the 10-Year Roadmap for Autism Research coordinated by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. His recent articles have addressed the efficacy of a variety of focused intervention approaches (e.g., peer-mediated interventions, sibling-mediated interventions, parent-mediated approach to promote children’s joint attention, independent work systems approach to promote learning) for children with ASD. Dr. Odom is the Principal Investigator of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the ASD Toddler Initiative: Promoting the Use of Evidence-based Practices for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Center on Secondary Education for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In 2007, Dr. Odom received the Special Education Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Washington College of Education. Most recently, he received the 2013 Arnold Lucius Gesell Prize from the Theodor Hellbrugge Foundation.

Academic Affiliation: Professor, School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Inclusion
Special Education
Curriculum Vitae:
Education:
• PhD, Special Education, University of Washington
• EdS, Educational Psychology, University of Tennessee
• MS, Special Education, University of Tennessee
• BS, Psychology, University of Tennessee