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Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2004
Professor, Dept. of Special Education
Erik Carter, Ph.D., FAIDD, is a Professor in the Department Special Education at Vanderbilt University and a member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, and community settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. Prior to receiving his doctorate, he worked as a high school teacher and transition specialist. He has published widely in the areas of educational and transition services for children and youth with severe disabilities. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, the Early Career Award from the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Patricia L. Sitlington Research in Transition Award from the Division on Career Development and Transition, the Research Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Young Professional Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
He works closely with undergraduate and graduate students across a series of research and technical assistance projects addressing:
- Transition from school to adulthood (TennesseeWorks)
- Inclusion and access to the general curriculum (Peer Partner Project)
- Adolescent friendships and peer relationships (Peer Partner Project)
- Multi-tiered systems of supports (Tennessee Behavior Support Project)
- Religion, congregational supports, and disability (Collaborative on Faith and Disability)
We currently have funding available for students interested in pursuing a master's degree in severe disabilities. To learn more about these funding opportunities, click here.