Dr. Edlyn Peña is a faculty member and researcher at California Lutheran University. Dr. Peña is highly active in the autism and disability community. When she is not spending time with her husband and son, she engages in research that contributes knowledge about preparing students with autism for higher education and delivers workshops to educate others about students on the spectrum.
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March 2013: Dr. Peña was featured in the Ventura County Star to promote the Autism Society of Ventura County (ASVC) Aut2Run event. Dr. Peña has been involved with ASVC since 2010.
January 2013: Drs. Jodie Kocur and Peña were accepted to present their research on the roles that 28 parents played in assisting their child with autism to transition to 2-year and 4-year colleges. They will present their work at the American Psychological Association Convention, July 31-August 2.
November 2012: Dr. Peña delivered two research presentations about disability and autism at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Las Vegas, NV. One paper focused on the lack of disability studies in top-tier journals and the other presentation, co-authored with Dr. Barbara Sorter, reported the experiences of college students with autism who transition to four-year college.
October 2012: Dr. Peña delivered a workshop on teaching students with autism and Asperger's in high school settings at a faculty workshop at the Ventura County Regional Occupational Center.
August 2012: Drs. Peña and Jodie Kocur presented a faculty development workshop at California Lutheran University's (CLU) annual faculty retreat. Faculty members learned about strategies to support students on the spectrum.
August 2012: Dr. Peña trained CLU peer advisors on ways to support students with autism and Asperger's.
April 2012: New York University (NYU) hosted Dr. Peña for their Visiting Faculty Program. Dr. Peña implemented two campus programs during World Autism Awareness Month to raise awareness about autism among their undergraduate students.