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 former 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., then-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 a health statistician at 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
- Alison Singer
- Luther Kalb