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Erik Carter

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Department of Special Education

Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Carter worked as a high school teacher and transition specialist. He has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books in the areas of educational, transition, and community services for children and youth with 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 is co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD and invests in collaborative partnerships across the university and state. Visit his website to learn more about his current projects and research: