Being a Wendy Klag Memorial Scholar helped Benjamin Zablotsky earn his doctorate in mental health in 2013. The main focus of his work as a Klag Scholar was developing and launching the Bullying and School Experiences of Children with ASD Survey through the Interactive Autism Network.
Zablotsky worked with Drs. Paul Law and Connie Anderson at IAN, as well as his advisor, Catherine Bradshaw, PhD. The results of this survey were published in three journals and presented at the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR).
Zablotsky also collaborated with Christopher Smith, PhD., director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, working on identifying predictors of ASD enrollment in Maryland schools.
“Being a Klag Scholar was an incredible experience which allowed to hone my research skills while developing professional relationships with key autism researchers in the field,” Zablotsky said. “I emerged from my time feeling like I had the confidence to become a leader in the field of autism research.”
Zablotsky is now an Associate Service Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Other Klag scholars
- Megan Chen
- Katelyn Boswell
- Jennifer White
- Nicholas Carrington
- Carrie Bateman
- Kay Gonsalves
- Rebecca Harrington
Other student work at the Wendy Klag Center
Alison Singer, MHS, is a PhD candidate in the Bloomberg School's Department of Epidemiology. She is particularly interested in examining the potential impacts of prenatal environmental and occupational exposures on autism spectrum disorders. Alison has been assisting as a student investigator on both the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) and the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED). For her current research, she is examining the impact of parental exposures to occupational asthmagens (agents that can cause an asthmatic response) during pregnancy and risk of autism spectrum disorders.