Rachel Schuck, doctoral candidate in the Department of Education, will present the talk “Developing a Questionnaire to Assess Attitudes Toward Neurodiversity” on Wednesday, May 24 from 12:30-1:50 in the ED 1217. The free event is sponsored by Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences.

Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) at UCSB is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphasis available to students who wish to develop and use cutting-edge quantitative methods in social science research. Its curriculum is designed to provide students with the rigorous mathematical and statistical background necessary for advanced quantitative work, while also providing a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the use of quantitative methods in the social sciences. A growing number of departments and faculty participate in the emphasis and the weekly colloquia, which features speakers engaged in quantitative research across all social science disciplines.

Rachel Schuck is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Special Education, Disability, and Risk. Her research interests include exploring the social validity of intervention and education programs for those on the autism spectrum, improving attitudes toward neurodiversity, and parental involvement in education. She is a Graduate Student Researcher and Clinician at the UCSB Koegel Autism Center, where she provides training in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) to undergraduate clinicians and parents of young autistic children. She also works with adults on the spectrum on vocational, social, and adaptive skills to meet their educational employment needs. Schuck graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and received her Master’s in Special Education from San Jose State University.

Rachel Schuck