Autism Spectrum Disorders
CASD Chat: October 2023
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Profiles Celebrating Neurodiversity
Steven Kapp is autistic and is a developmental psychologist at the University of Portsmouth and a lecturer in psychology with expertise in autism and neurodiversity. His academic background includes psychology, education, public policy and disability studies, with additional publications in anthropology, medicine and neuroscience reaching diverse audiences and readerships.
Among other accomplishments, he is the director of science in the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and he substantially influenced the revision of autism's diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5. As an M.A., (2013) and Ph.D., (2016) student in human development and psychology within education at University of California, Los Angeles, he began to research and teach on autism and neurodiversity, and completed his postdoctoral studies in the UK as a research fellow on the Wellcome Trust-funded project Exploring Diagnosis: Autism and Neurodiversity at the University of Exeter (2016-2019).
His research has focused on understanding autism and a means of supporting autistic people. He has a keen interest in understanding autism, including how behaviors such as stimming (repetitive movements and vocalizations) and averted eye contact may serve as functional coping mechanisms.