Ann Carrellas

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI)
Wayne State University
4809 Woodward Avenue
268 Leonard N. Simons Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-8562
Secondary Phone: 734-657-8240
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: November 26, 2018


Leadership: Principal Investigator
Associate UCEDD Director
Leadership Administrative Staff: Associate Director for Research
Principle Investigator, Michigan National Core Indicators
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research Director
Specialty Resource Contacts: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Involved in Child Welfare
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: MI-LEND-Faculty, Mentor Coordinator
Discipline(s): Social Work
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Research: Children and Adolescents with disabilities involved in child welfare systems, sexual victimization and transactional sex
Service: Transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood--health, supports and services
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders-identification, interventions, transition, justice system issues
Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income


Ann Carrellas is the Associate Director for Research at the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute. Her projects at MI-DDI have included developing technical information pieces for the Autism Now website, collaboration in developing a pilot that addresses violence and women who have disabilities, and program management for the Michigan site of an empowerment intervention for adolescents. She currently serves as faculty and mentor coordinator for the MI-LEND program. She is the principal investigator for the Michigan National Core Indicators survey.

Ann's interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) developed while working for her local Arc providing advocacy to children and adults with FASDs to secure community supports and services. She currently coordinates the activities of the Michigan FASD Task Force, a collaboration of parents, advocates, professionals, and policy makers who work to impact policies and programs that serve families and individuals who have an FASD. Ann is a requested speaker on topics related to children with disabilities in child welfare, supporting youth with FASD in transition, and community supports and resources. She has taught university classes in social work practice and research. Ann served in the United States Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988 to 1992.