Erik Carter, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
PMB 228, Department of Special Education
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37072
Phone: 615-875-3398
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 16, 2018

Erik Carter

Discipline Coordinators: Special Education
Specialty Resource Contacts: Employment;
Community Supports;
Religion and Spirituality
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
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 evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting 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. 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 an active member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and invests collaborative partnerships across the university and state.


Presently, Dr. Carter works closely with undergraduate and graduate students across a series of research and technical assistance projects addressing: