AIR-P Presents: Utilizing a Cross-system Framework to Guide Research on Autism and Criminal Justice Intersections: Implications for Physical Health Outcomes


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Webinar Description:

Research demonstrates that autistic individuals interact with the criminal justice system at high rates. These interactions consequently are risk factors to physical, behavioral, and mental health, as well as the overall wellbeing of autistic individuals. The Global Autism and Criminal Justice Consortium was developed to address this issue and respond to calls from the autism community to prioritize criminal justice concerns. Consortium stakeholders, including autistic self-advocates, researchers, criminal justice system professionals, parents and caregivers of autistic individuals and policymakers revised the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) for autistic audiences. The SIM details each stage of the criminal justice system as an intercept in order to link together its often-siloed components. The revised model represents a cross-systems model to advance research across disciplines and catalyze opportunities for intervention. This webinar will focus on the development of this model and its utility for galvanizing new, interdisciplinary research and spurring improved health outcomes for autistic individuals.


Lindsay Shea is the Director of the Policy and Analytics Center at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, and an Associate Professor. The mission of the Policy and Analytics Center is to utilize research methods and innovative analytic strategies to support the development of effective social and health policy in cities, states, and across the U.S. Dr. Shea has led autism-focused projects across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and with a national scope. Dr. Shea first-authored the Pennsylvania Autism Census Report and her research interests are creating and using an evidence base in forming, evaluating, and implementing social and health policies. Dr. Shea holds a doctoral degree in Health policy from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, and a Master's degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.


Dylan Cooper is a research associate for the Policy and Analytics Center at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. His research focuses on the intersection of ASD and the criminal justice system and community participation for autistic adults. Mr. Cooper earned his Master's degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.





Amy Wilson, PhD, MSW, is currently an associate professor with more than 13 years practice experience working in the mental health and criminal justice systems. She uses her practice experience and research expertise in qualitative research, intervention research, and secondary analysis of large administrative data to explore new ways to support the complex, interlocking problems, of poverty, homelessness, substance use, and criminogenic needs facing people with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. She is an expert in the development and testing of interventions for people with serious mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. Her research includes more than a dozen studies focused on different aspects of people with mental illnesses' involvement in the criminal justice system, including substance use, service accessibility, jail reentry, community participation, and gender responsive interventions for people with serious mental illness in prisons. Her research has recently expanded to include early stage intervention research focused on expanding the stock of affordable housing available to people with mental illnesses and other health conditions living on a fixed income using Tiny Homes. To accomplish this, Dr. Wilson has helped to build public/private partnership between the School of Social Work and Cross Disability Services, Inc. (XDS), a local non-profit organization. She is the co-director of the Tiny Homes Village project.


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