Dr. Edlyn Peña is an Associate Professor and researcher at California Lutheran University (CLU). Having been appointed to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee since 2015, Dr. Peña is highly active in the autism and disability issues at a national level. She engages in research that contributes knowledge about preparing students with autism for higher education. She is also passionate about providing access to alternative forms of communication to individuals with autism. As founding Co-Director of the Autism and Communication Center at CLU, Dr. Peña serves the regional, state, and national community by organizing and delivering workshops, conferences, and presentations to educate others about students on the spectrum.
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May 2016: Drs. Beth Brennan and Edlyn Peña co-founded the Autism and Communication Center at CLU. Visit and like our Facebook page!
March 2016: Along with Jackie Greenhill and Dr. Beth Brennan, Dr. Peña coordinated a conference at CLU to educate professionals, parents, and students about ways to support people with autism who use letter boards, keyboards, and tablets to communicate. Nearly 400 people attended this successful event.
December 2015: The Ventura County Star featured Dr. Peña in an article focused on supporting students with autism in college.
November 2015: Dr. Peña participated in the first National Institute of Health Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) meeting of 2015. The IACC is a federal committee mandated by Congress to coordinate strategic plans for autism-related activities and research. Dr. Peña will be traveling to the NIH office 4-6 times a year to participate on the committee for a 4-year appointment.
November 2015: Dr. Peña presented her research with Dr. Kirsten Brown about the campus climate experiences of college students with autism in the University of California system. The paper was presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Denver, Colorado.
March 2015: The American College Personnel Association (ACPA), a national organization for student affairs scholars and practitioners, recognized Dr. Peña for her influential research on college students with autism at their 25th Anniversary of ADA reception in Tampa, FL.