Melissa Savage

Dr. Melissa Savage is the Past President of the North Carolina Subdivision of Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her doctorate from Purdue University, with a concentration in severe disabilities. Her research interests include increasing quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability; self-management; and use of technology-based strategies to increase independence, responsibility, and engagement in healthy and safe behaviors. Dr. Savage has over 10 years of experience working with children with autism, intellectual disability, and other developmental disabilities as a special education classroom teacher and a researcher. Dr. Savage has secured grant funding from the Organization for Autism Research and authored or co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and a book on the topics of autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities.

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