Research Initiatives

Autism Social Self-Reflection Study

Research Team


Sarah Hurwitz, PhD

Sarah Hurwitz is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Indiana University. Dr. Hurwitz began her career as an interventionist in 1995, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in clinics and classrooms from Washington, DC to Christchurch, New Zealand. She focused on teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to communicate, play, and adapt behaviorally to the real-world situations in which they found themselves. After moving to Indiana she led a series of social skills groups for a research study at the Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. In addition, Dr. Hurwitz teaches Special Education to undergraduates in the Teaching All Learners program and to graduate students.

Dan Kennedy, PhD

Dan Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences at Indiana University and is the Director of the Social Brain and Cognition Lab. He has researched autism for nearly 15 years, primarily using computer- and technology-based behavioral methods (e.g., eye tracking) as well as neuroscience methods (e.g., neuroimaging). Most recently, he has been using advanced statistical techniques (machine learning) to identify distinct patterns of brain activity in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Kelsey Quest, M.Ed.

Kelsey Quest, M.Ed., is a doctoral student in School Psychology at Indiana University. She received her masters in Special Education from the University of Minnesota with a teaching license in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kelsey has spent time as a student teacher in an early education and middle school classrooms for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also has experience as an ABA therapist and as a research assistant in a lab specializing in the self-injury of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, some of whom were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Tybytha (Ty) Ryan

Tybytha (Ty) Ryan is a second year Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program. Ty is originally from Washington, IN. She completed undergraduate at the University of Indianapolis where she studied Social Work and Psychology. Ty works with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an ABA therapist. She has also assisted with two different research projects that implemented interventions to improve social skills and reading comprehension for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her current research interests include children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, social skills training, social interactions with peers, bullying, and stigma surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder.