Dr. Edlyn Peña is a faculty member and researcher at California Lutheran University. Dr. Peña is highly active in the autism and disability community. She engages in research that contributes knowledge about preparing students with autism for higher education and delivers workshops to educate others about students on the spectrum.
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March 2015: The American College Personnel Association (ACPA), a national organization for student affairs scholars and practitioners, recognized Dr. Peña for her influential research on college students with autism at their 25th Anniversary of ADA reception in Tampa, FL.
November 2014: Dr. Peña presented three research papers on supporting students with autism in college in Washington DC (Association for the Study of Higher Education) and Anaheim, CA (NASPA Regional Conference).
May 2014: Dr. Peña was awarded the El Concilio Leadership Award for her active involvement in supporting Latino college students and Latino families with children with autism.
April 2014: Dr. Jodie Kocur presented findings from the research study she conducted with Dr. Peña on "Parents' Perceptions of Challenging College Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders" at the Western Psychological Association conference in Portland, OR.
April 2014: April is Autism Awareness Month. Dr. Peña is the keynote speaker at the California State University, Channel Islands Light It Up Blue event. She discusses ways educators and professionals can improve the state of affairs for students and individuals with autism.
January 2014: Dr. Peña's research article was published in the Journal of College Student Development, detailing the need for more research on college students with autism. Check out the Marginalization of Published Scholarship on Students With Disabilities in Higher Education Journals