The AIR-P Network felt an expansion was needed to facilitate the participatory research component outlined in the AIR-P research agenda. To embrace opportunities for expansion, we are currently evaluating our scope of work and preparing to recruit additional members in the near future.

Stay tuned for an update!

We are grateful to the Autistic Researcher Review Board (ARRB) for their pioneering work in promoting AIR-P’s goal of being a participatory research network.

Their scope of work finished as of December 31, 2022.

Autistic Researcher Review Board logo

We thank our previous members:

Heather Brown, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Patrick Dwyer, MA
PhD Candidate, UC Davis

Dena Gassner, MSW
Adjunct Professor, Towson University

Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, MA
Rice University

Steven Kapp, PhD
Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Jackie Ryan , MA, CPA, CMA, PhD Candidate
Director of Neurodivergent Strategy at Center for Autism Services Alberta

TC Waisman, EdD, MA
University of Calgary

Zack Williams, BS, MD/PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

A summary of achievements includes but is not limited to:

AIR-P LEND Node Seminars

  • Involved in structure and development meetings
  • Assisted in drafting a reviewer rubric and conducting mock reviews 
  • As a part of the feasibility funding opportunity, members reviewed project outlines and full proposals
  •  INSAR 2022
  • AUCD 2022
  • Ethics in Genetics and Autism Research
    • Led by Heini Natri and co-led by Julian Martinez 
  • GSR Node-Advisory Board
    • Led by Node Leaders Lisa Croen and Maria Massolo
    • Board members: Dena Gassner and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

We would like to recognize our Autistic Leadership team, for their continued commitment and efforts in this work. Feel free to reach out any questions or concerns regarding the Autistic Researcher Review Board or Autistic and neurodivergent scholars working for equity in research.

Dr. Heather M Brown, Associate Professor, University of Alberta ( 

Zack Williams, MD/PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (zachary.j.williams@Vanderbilt.Edu)


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