Autism Expert Dr. Lillie Huddleston Joins Center for Leadership in Disability
Dr. Lillie Huddleston will join the Georgia State University School of Public Health in January as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior in the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD).
Huddleston will be working on two of the Center’s newest projects, serving as the lead evaluator for the Autism Plan for Georgia Implementation Grant, a two-year initiative to improve access and coordination of services across the state. She will also help lead a new pilot project for enhanced in-home services for infants and young children with autism spectrum disorders.
“The School of Public Health has an excellent reputation for innovative, community-based initiatives designed to promote healthy behaviors and further understanding of health-related issues,” said Huddleston. “I look forward to joining the collaborative group of scholars at the Center for Leadership in Disability as they implement cutting edge translational research projects focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families.”
Dr. Huddleston was previously appointed Assistant Professor of Human Genetics within the School of Medicine at Emory University. She also served as Director of Psychological Services for the Down syndrome and Fragile X Centers with the Division of Medical Genetics at Emory.
Her research interests include bullying prevention and school- and home-based interventions for people with developmental disabilities.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Huddleston join us,” said Dr. Daniel Crimmins, Director and Clinical Professor at CLD. “We see her making an immediate contribution to some of our new efforts, but also expect her to become an integral part of our mission and identity.”
Huddleston has a PhD in school psychology and Educational Specialist degree from Georgia State, as well as master’s degrees in school psychology and music from Georgia State and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mississippi University for Women.
Huddleston was the principle investigator on a project that won this year’s Justin Silver Award for Innovative Service from the National Fragile X Foundation. In 2013, she was an Early Career Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Training Conference in Developmental Disabilities. She is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists.