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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April 2014: Dr. Jodie Kocur presented findings from the research study she conducted with Dr. Peña on "Parents' Perceptions of Challenging College Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders" at the Western Psychological Association conference in Portland, OR.
April 2014: April is Autism Awareness Month. Dr. Peña is the keynote speaker at the California State University, Channel Islands Light It Up Blue event. She discusses ways educators and professionals can improve the state of affairs for students and individuals with autism.
January 2014: Dr. Peña's research article was published in the Journal of College Student Development, detailing the need for more research on college students with autism. Check out the Marginalization of Published Scholarship on Students With Disabilities in Higher Education Journals
November 2013: Dr. Peña's doctoral class, Student Success and Retention in Higher Education, hosted a keynote speech by Ido Kedar. Ido is author of the ground-breaking book Ido in Autismland. Ido delivered his speech on his iPad. He was joined by his inclusion facilitator, Adrienne Johnston. Thank you to California Lutheran University and Autism Society of Ventura County for sponsoring this event.
August 2013: Along with Dr. Jodie Kocur, Dr. Peña presented research findings at the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. The study examined the roles of 28 parents who assisted their child with autism to transition to 2-year and 4-year colleges. The title of the presentation was, Parents’ Experiences in the Transition of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders to College.
April 2013: Valeri Cirino-Paez, Damien Peña and Dr. Peña shared their expertise on Brainstorming Effective Postsecondary Programs to Support Students with Autism at the 2013 NASPA Convention in Orlando, Florida.
April 2013: Dr. Peña participated in a national technology project in which she created a presentation on how technology can give individuals with complex communication challenges a voice: http://prezi.com/xfoh1xbtfneg/technology-revolution/
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.