Dara Chan received an Sc.D. in Rehabilitation Science from Boston University where she studied community integration patterns of adults with disabilities using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. Prior to that, she received her Master of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Florida and a BA in Psychology from Tulane University. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor working with adults with disabilities in public, private, and research settings for over 20 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor with UNC’s Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. In 2013 she joined the research team at TEACCH and has been the Principal Investigator on research projects with adults on the autism spectrum funded through the Autism Science Foundation, the Organization for Autism Research, and the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. In her research, she uses GPS tracking and GIS mapping technology to understand social and community participation for adults with autism.