AIR-P Presents: Systems Approaches in Autism Services Research


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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
4:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description

This webinar provides an overview of systems approaches, concepts, and methodologies that could help lead to long-term change, with real-world examples drawn from within autism employment research and public health. Holistic approaches to inquiry, such as systems thinking and action research, target situations that have high degrees of complexity or heterogeneity. This makes them useful in designing and conducting autism services intervention research where personal and systems-level factors interact in complex ways; for example, in developing employment interventions.

  • An overview of systems approaches to inquiry, including systems thinking and action research
  • An overview of relevant concepts and methodologies within these approaches, including leverage, generative causality, system dynamics, and critical systems heuristics
  • Using leverage to identify how to create to long-term change through intervention
  • Real-world examples of using systems approaches within autism employment research and public health



Dora Raymaker PhD

Dora Raymaker, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute for Human Services in the School of Social Work, Co-director of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), and the associate editor of the journal "Autism in Adulthood." Dr. Raymaker's research interests broadly include community-engaged practice, systems thinking, measurement, and the dynamics at the intersection of science, society, and technology. In application, Dr. Raymaker conducts intervention and services research in collaboration with disability and mental health communities, primarily to improve employment outcomes, increase self-determination, and reduce discrimination and stigma. In their remaining three minutes of free time, Dr. Raymaker enjoys writing fiction and making multimedia art, including science fiction mystery novels Hoshi and the Red City Circuit and Resonance.


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