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Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2004

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Erik Carter

Professor, Dept. of Special Education


Erik Carter, Ph.D., FAIDD, is a Professor in the Department Special Education at Vanderbilt University and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator. 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, 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  

·      Inclusion and access to the general curriculum (Peer Partner Project)

·      Adolescent friendships and peer relationships (Peer Partner Project)

·      Multi-tiered systems of supports 

·      Religion, congregational supports, and disability 


Through two new training grants, we have full funding available for students interested in pursuing a master's degree in severe disabilities or a doctoral degree in severe disabilities. To learn more about these funding opportunities, click here:

·      Doctoral training in severe intellectual disability, autism, or multiple disabilities

·      Master’s degree in severe disabilities (intellectual disability, autism, multiple disabilities

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