Erik Carter, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt Consortium LEND
PMB 228, Department of Special Education
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37072
Phone: 615-875-3398
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: September 15, 2021

Erik Carter

Leadership: Co-UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research
Discipline Coordinators: Special Education
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Disability, Research, and Spirituality Program
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Research: Adolescent transitions to adult life; social interaction interventions, friendships, and peer-mediated supports; youth with significant intellectual disability or autism; school and community inclusion; faith, disability, and inclusive congregational supports


Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on strategies for promoting full participation, belonging, and 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 widely in the areas of educational and transition services for children and youth with disabilities, including more than 250 articles and chapters as well as 7 books. 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-editor of Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals and Associate Editor for Exceptional Children and the Journal of Religion and Disability.